Who will benefit from your super if you don’t?
17 July 2016
We spend most of our lives working to build up our superannuation for retirement. It’s a huge asset, and like your other assets – your house, car and investments – it’s important that you know who will receive your super money when you’re not around anymore.
While it’s easy to assume that how your super is treated when you die is automatically determined by your will, this is not always the case. If you don’t nominate any beneficiaries for your super, the Trustee may decide who receives it. They could choose your dependents or even a legal representative, particularly if your estate is in dispute.
Usually, the people who will receive the proceeds from your super fund are your dependents, such as your partner, spouse or your children. If you choose to leave your super to someone not financially dependent on you, there could be tax implications – so it can be worthwhile to meet with a financial adviser.
How you can nominate a beneficiary
There are a few different approaches you can take when deciding who receives your super account balance, including:
- Making a non-binding nomination, which means you’ll let your Trustee know who your preferred beneficiaries are but they can still use their discretion to determine where your super will go;
- Making a binding nomination, which means you’ll fill out a form to nominate your beneficiaries officially and you’ll need to renew the nomination every few years;
- Making a non-lapsing binding nomination, which means you’ll nominate your beneficiaries once, and unless you decide to change them, they will receive your super payout if you pass away.
A binding non-lapsing nomination is a good option for most people when selecting a beneficiary for your hard-earned super. This is the best way to know for sure who your super is going to go to, and is what we offer Suncorp super customers.
Suncorp super binding non-lapsing nominations
Choosing your beneficiary is important. After all, your super could be a lot of money – so you’d want it to go to the right person. Normally, with a binding nomination, you’d need to update your super beneficiary every three years. But Suncorp super avoids this hassle by letting you make a binding ‘non-lapsing’ nomination. This means you never have to update your nominated beneficiaries, unless you want to. If you do, you can do it easily in your online account.
You don’t need the hassle of reviewing your binding nomination every three years. A binding non-lapsing nomination ensures your beneficiary selection remains valid. You can make a non-lapsing nomination in only a few minutes by logging into your Suncorp super online account.
If you’re unsure about who your super would go to if anything happens to you, it’s worth contacting your financial adviser or your super provider for more details.
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