Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) Lawyers Sydney

Take control of your super with our SMSF lawyers in Sydney

Switching to a self-managed super fund (SMSF) allows you to choose where your super is invested, giving you the freedom to invest in rare or niche industries as you see fit. It also reduces the amount of tax accrued by your income and prevents your super from being invested in controversial or morally questionable areas commonly used by traditional retail or industry super funds. 

However, self-managed super funds require a significant amount of time, energy and financial expertise to remain compliant with SMSF regulations and avoid potentially costly fines and get the most out of your investment. 

When establishing an SMSF, it’s important to consult an expert commercial and personal lawyer to ensure your fund is compliant with Australian SMSF regulations. Our team will create your fund to your specifications and provide essential advice, guidance and support for any concerns you may have along the way. 

With specialised advice and dedicated support, we make it easy to take back your super and control your investments. Contact our expert SMSF lawyers and get the ball rolling on your next investment today.

Why choose us?

At Green & Associates, we take the hassle out of setting up your self-managed super fund. We’ll ensure your new fund is compliant with SMSF regulations and provide you with everything you need to get started.

Our expert commercial and personal lawyers service the following Sydney areas:

Contact our SMSF lawyers and create your ideal super fund today.

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Why should you switch to a self-managed super fund?

While a traditional super fund is created and managed by industry or retail organisations, a self-managed super fund is run and operated by you. 

The main advantage of opening a self-managed super fund is being able to control how and where your super is invested. Most industry and retail super funds choose investments on behalf of their clients without consulting them. This means your super can be invested in industries that you are morally opposed to, or that may not be the most beneficial to your super balance. 

Opening an SMSF gives you control over your super and allows you to pick and choose your investments. However, it also requires a considerable amount of administrative and organisational work, which means it’s often not the most practical choice. 

We recommend discussing your options with an expert solicitor from our team before taking the plunge into running your own super.

Where can I invest my super?

Common options for investing your super include residential property, shares, rare assets like antiques or art, cryptocurrency and more. While standard super funds tend to choose low-risk industries to invest in, a self-managed super fund gives you the freedom to choose your investments. 

Self-managing your super removes the middleman from the investment process, making it much quicker to change your investment strategy with little notice. With a traditional super fund, taking advantage of new investment opportunities can often be slower and less effective due to the higher volume of supers managed under the same organisation.

Why do I need a solicitor to manage my own super?

Self-managing your super fund is a complicated, time-consuming process that can result in costly mistakes and legal pitfalls. Unless you have extensive financial experience with investing or managing a super fund, you need expert advice to avoid violating complicated SMSF laws. 

At Green & Associates, we have extensive experience creating airtight SMSFs for clients across Sydney. We’ll ensure your super is set up to your specifications and keep you in the loop about potential legal mistakes along the way. 

We can also help manage internal disputes between members if your SMSF is open to other parties, saving you time and energy. 

Get in touch with our SMSF lawyers and discover the possibilities for your super.

Meet the team

At Green & Associates, our results-driven team has delivered exceptional services to clients across more than 1,500 cases. With over 40 years of combined experience, our team will provide you with fast, timely and professional guidance when setting up your SMSF. 

Meet the team and discover what makes us one of Sydney’s most distinguished SMSF lawyers.

Dominic Green

Principal Solicitor
Dominic founded Green & Associates Solicitors in 2014 after years of tutelage under some of the most well-respected solicitors and barristers in NSW. He has completed a vast amount of work in dispute resolution as well as transactional and advisory services. He has worked on many complex, high-profile cases alongside some of the most talented legal minds in Australia.

Svetlana Collantes

Senior Associate
With a Masters of Laws from the University of Technology in Sydney and Bachelor’s degrees in both French and Spanish, Svetlana Collantes brings an expert touch to our criminal, commercial and personal legal services. Svetlana has obtained over 12 years of exceptional results in banking and financial services, commercial law, class action disputes, corporate law, insurance resolution and dispute resolution. Having worked with one of Australia’s leading banks for almost three years, Svetlana brings exceptional qualifications and vital experience to the Green & Associates team.

William Martyr

William is a knowledgeable criminal lawyer with experience in a wide variety of subject areas. He is no stranger to the court room and approaches every situation with an analytical eye in order to achieve the best outcomes for all our clients.

Spyridon Augoustinos

Spyro Augoustinos is our resident conveyancing and leasing lawyer and has experience working on major commercial property matters. Prior to working at Green & Associates, Spyro was responsible for handling the disposal and acquisition of major suburban shopping centres, office buildings and more in the central Sydney region. Spyro holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

Anthony Kuschert

Anthony is a quick-thinker and has a gift for simplifying and solving even the most complex legal issues. Previously, Anthony applied these valuable skills for dispute resolution (internal and external) at the Westpac Banking Corporation.

Lily Douglas

Lily is a young and gifted solicitor who previously worked at an international commercial law firm and the Environmental Defenders Office, bringing a unique level of knowledge and expertise to the team. She has the know-how to apply the law to different scenarios in a practical and commercial manner.

Rayna Thomas

Graduate Lawyer
Rayna is a graduate lawyer at Green and Associates Solicitors. She has completed her Bachelor of Business and Commerce/Bachelor of Laws degree at The University of Western Sydney.

Riva Thapa

Law Clerk
Riva is the Law Clerk at Green & Associates Solicitors. Consistent with her interest in criminal law and justice, Riva is completing her LL.B. at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ivy Green

Debt Collection & Security
Since joining the firm in 2021, Ivy has become an integral part of the team. She is responsible for debt collection, office security and the mental wellness of both staff and clients.

Contact our team today and get expert advice from one of Sydney’s leading local solicitors.

FAQs about SMSF law

SMSF law is a complex field that requires substantial financial knowledge to navigate. It’s important to understand the risks involved with opening your own self-managed super fund in Australia.

  • Regulation changes. Australian SMSF laws are regularly tweaked to suit new and changing circumstances. It’s essential to stay up-to-date on the latest SMSF regulations to avoid fines.

  • Potential fines. Violating SMSF regulations intentionally or by mistake can lead to heavy fines. In a traditional super fund, it’s up to the organisation to understand and comply with super regulations to avoid potential fines.

  • Risky investments. Traditional supers thoroughly research and assess investments ahead of time to avoid potential risks for their clients. Managing your own super fund means you’re responsible for conducting your own research and managing your own investments.

  • Regular fees. Setting up and managing an SMSF involves regular fees including set-up fees, auditing fees, annual reporting fees and investment management fees. Plus, the administrative time spent managing your super could be spent completing profitable work in other areas.

Our solicitors can help you avoid making costly, time-consuming mistakes and violating Australian SMSF laws. Contact us today for more information.

Yes. An SMSF can have up to six total members including yourself. You can also include family members in your SMSF, which allows you to manage your family’s collective super balance together. 

However, the majority of the members in your SMSF must permanently reside in Australia to remain compliant with SMSF regulations.

Operating an SMSF involves a considerable amount of time and administrative work to ensure your investments are sound and your fund complies with SMSF regulations. The main responsibilities of a trustee include: 

  • Investment research. It’s essential to stay on top of market trends and industry changes that can affect your savings, as well as the savings of other members.

  • Complying with regulations. Regulations around SMSFs can change on a regular basis, which means it’s important to stay on top of anything that may affect your fund. Non-compliant funds are subject to costly fines.

  • Managing SMSF fees. SMSFs require a number of annual fees including audit fees, reporting fees, valuation fees, insurance fees and fees for legal and financial advice. It is the trustee’s responsibility to pay these fees.

Our expert solicitors make it easy to navigate complex SMSF laws. Get in touch today.

Avoid costly legal pitfalls and take control of your super with our dedicated SMSF lawyers in Sydney. We’ll support you every step of the way with clear advice, consistent communication and helpful guidance. Get in touch with our team today.