Paul Radford heads up our Wills and Estates Practice. Paul has been a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Succession Law and SMSF Specialist Advisor (SSA) for many years.
Paul’s areas of focus include; personal estate planning, business succession planning, superannuation (including SMSFs), estate administration, and estate litigation. Paul has also acted in many contentious partnership, estate and trust disputes.
Most of Paul’s time is devoted to estate planning and estate litigation. Practice in this area demands a broad understanding of commercial and structuring issues as well as the family and personality issues involved.
- Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia
- Bachelor of Laws (Queensland University of Technology)
- Diploma in Superannuation Management (Macquarie University)
- Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist Succession Law
- Member - Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
- Self Managed Super Funds (RG146) Accredited
- SMSF Specialist Advisor (SSA)
- Member of the SMSF Association
- Recognised as a Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Lawyer - Doyles Guide 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023
The Power of an Attorney to Renew a BDBN
The recent decision of Justice Applegarth (Queensland Supreme Court) in Re Rentis Pty Ltd  QSC 252 examines an attorney’s powers to make a binding death benefit nomination (BDBN
Superannuation Updates - 2023
Below is a round-up of some superannuation changes and key developments that may be relevant to you, as trustee of your SMSF. It is important that you know what changes are coming, so you can effectively understand how they may affect you and the members of your SMSF.We intend to regu
Understanding Self-Managed Super Fund Performance For Current Trustees
New research released New research released by the University of Adelaide provides tangible evidence of the benefits of investment diversification. In its report, titled “
Understanding Self-Managed Super Fund Performance For Prospective Trustees
New research released When used in the right circumstances a self-managed super fund (SMSF) can provide important benefits for individuals looking for greater levels of investment flexibility and control over how their super savings are invested. New research releas
The Connolly Suthers 2021 Heaven, Hell and Limbo List Announced
04/02/2022 Worldwide over 150,000 people die every day. That’s a horrible statistic to ponder but you will be pleased to know the birth rate is way higher such that in the first week of 2022 there was a net population growth of about 1.5M – the hum
Superannuation Death Benefits - Review Succession Plans
1 July 2021, saw the Transfer Balance Cap (TBC) indexed for the first time to $1.7 million from the original $1.6 million limit which was introduced on 1 July 2017. Indexation of the TBC means there is no longer a single cap that applies to all individuals. Instead, every member has their own per
How Much Does It Cost To Do A Will?
Well, if you ask me, a lawyer practising in the area of wills and estates for years, the answer is that “it depends”. You knew I was going to say that, didn’t you. A simple enough question you may say and my situation is really simple. Just tel
What is a Director Identification Number (director ID) and do I need one?
You may have heard about the new rules which require directors of Australian companies to obtain a Director Identification Number (director ID). The new requirement to obtain a director ID also applies to individuals who have an SMSF with a corporate trustee. All directors of your corporate trust
Is It A Scam?
New data released Naturally, people aspire to get the most out of their investments, especially if a great opportunity is presented by a ‘trusted’ organisation. However, investment scams occur more often than you may think, highlighting the risk both self-direc
SMSFs and Property Investments
The risks of investing in geared property by self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) is a topic that is regularly debated and whether (or not) it is really the right long-term decision for a member’s retirement. It can be the right choice fo
Los Desaparecidos Perdidos en el Limbo (or The Disappeared Lost in Limbo)
Los desaparecidos perdidos en el Limbo (or The Disappeared Lost in Limbo) Last week was National Missing Person’s Week. There are always very sad, compelling and complicated stories behind and beyond a snippet of news about someone that is missing that might h
Is a Beneficiary of a Trust Entitled to Legally Privileged Trust Documents?
When presented with this question many good lawyers would at first glance and without thinking it through probably answer “Good question…. The answer is “no”. Others lawyers that are more battled wearied may answer it with a question “Who would w
Is Your SMSF Ready For The End Of The Financial Year (EOFY)?
With the end of the financial year fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make some final checks and ensure everything is in order for your SMSF before 30 June. The following are some matters that you might want to know more about, particularly if you have taken advantage of some of the COV
Superannuation Death Benefit Limitations
If you are an SMSF trustee, you need to take special care when paying death benefits as you are responsible for ensuring that the payment rules are met. Strict rules apply, affecting who can receive a death benefit, the form in which the death benefit can be paid and the timing of such a payment.
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The Connolly Suthers 2020 Heaven, Hell and Limbo List Announced
Worldwide over 150,000 people die every day. That’s a horrible statistic to ponder but you will be pleased to know the birth rate is way higher such that in the first week of 2021 there was a net population growth of about $1.5M – the human race is in no danger of e
How much money do you need to start an SMSF?
New research released SMSFs are not for everyone, but for those individuals where an SMSF is entirely appropriate for them, the benefits can be considerable. In the context of ongoing public debate regarding the appropriate minimum size for an SMSF, new res
The Estate Planning Conundrum
Retirement Planning (planning for your life after work) and Estate Planning (planning for the lives of others after your death) involve a mysterious web of rules, regulations and taxes overlayed on the family dyn
Is Your SMSF Adequately Diversified?
SMSF trustees need to truly understand diversification and better diversify their portfolios. The benefits of a well-diversified portfolio are numerous but the key ones that SMSF trustees should focus on are the benefits of mitigating volatility and short-term downside investment risks, pr
Negative Returns - Looking For The Positive?
Despite well formulated investment strategies and appropriate investment advice, no trustee could have foreseen the impacts of COVID-19 on financial markets globally. Whilst history suggests that a strong recovery is likely within a relatively short period after large market corrections, it is st