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Anyone can use a discretionary trust but the beneficiaries of trusts are usually all part of the one family or extended family. Joel Carrett/AAP

Family trusts often cause more harm than good

Overwhelmingly, trusts are used to minimise tax, avoid paying creditors and to avoid the fair division of property after a relationship breakdown.
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Time for policymakers to address tax benefits from family trusts

Family trusts have featured heavily as part of recent media reporting of the circumstances of two very high-profile families: the Rineharts and the Obeids. Of course, these are not the only families that…
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Beware the pitfalls of the discretionary family trust

The essence of the legal relationship known as a trust is the separation of legal ownership of assets from beneficial ownership of those assets. The trustee is the legal owner and beneficiaries are beneficial…

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