Feel free to enjoy my weekly columns as published in The Daily Maverick

147 - Ensuring your special needs child is taken care of after you die
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147 - Ensuring your special needs child is taken care of after you die

We all love our kids, and one of our main goals is to watch them grow up and be successful, even until after we're gone. However, with special needs children, the situation is way more nuanced. Let's take some time and discuss the most efficient ways to ensure the care of your special needs child should you pass away.

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142 - Planning to ease finances for your loved ones upon your death
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142 - Planning to ease finances for your loved ones upon your death

As daunting as it can be, something to think about when investing and reviewing current investments is about what would happen when you die. It's intended for the transfer to be as smooth as possible, but the right structures need to be put in place. Let's discuss what measures you can put in place to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of and have one less thing to worry about should you pass away.

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135 - Being able to provide for your children should you and your partner pass away
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135 - Being able to provide for your children should you and your partner pass away

A massive concern that many young parents face is the scenario in which both they and their partners die together or shortly after each other, and that their young child will be left uncared for. Let's take some time and discuss solutions to circumvent this problem, which is not as big an eyesore as it may seem to be.

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134 - Recalibrating your finances when going through a divorce
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134 - Recalibrating your finances when going through a divorce

The process of divorce can be one of the most brutal and transformative experiences anyone can go through. As the saying goes, "the show must go on", but naturally that's a lot easier said than done. Let's talk strategically about the routes you should take should you be thrown into such unfortunate circumstances.

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128 - Using your RA as a vehicle to pay for your grandchild's education
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128 - Using your RA as a vehicle to pay for your grandchild's education

As one gets older and the family expands, your focus may shift and you may want to help your children put their little ones through school. With some clever structuring and know what to do with your assets, this is very achievable, even without costing an arm and a leg.

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123 - Why cohabiting life partners must get the right will in place
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123 - Why cohabiting life partners must get the right will in place

If you are cohabiting or in a life partnership, it's of utmost importance to get all your ducks in a row to ensure that your loved ones are cared for.

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121 - Why you should have separate offshore wills
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121 - Why you should have separate offshore wills

Having only one will can significantly delay the finalisation of your worldwide estate.

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93 - The costs of implementing your will and bequeathing your estate
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93 - The costs of implementing your will and bequeathing your estate

It is always a good idea to get an executor and financial planner to look at your will and calculate the costs of implementing it.

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86 - How to keep your family financially stable during delays in winding up estates
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86 - How to keep your family financially stable during delays in winding up estates

When I do financial and estate planning for people, one of the factors that I take into account is access to funds. Your spouse and family need to have access to funds while your estate is being wound up.

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78 - Beware of costly unintended consequences when drawing up a will
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78 - Beware of costly unintended consequences when drawing up a will

Sometimes in life the things we do could end up biting us where it hurts, and in the world of finances it's unforgiving. Here are a few things to consider when you draw up your will to avoid a snowball effect that could lead to impending disaster.

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22. How to reduce estate duty and executor fees
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22. How to reduce estate duty and executor fees

A bit of planning can save you a lot - money and headaches

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17. Retirment annuities are a great estate planning tool
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17. Retirment annuities are a great estate planning tool

Retirement annuities and compound interest are a powerful combination

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