close menu

International money transfers for estates and inheritance

Transferring an inheritance and asset proceeds is something that an increasing number of wills and estates lawyers, inheritance recipients and executors of wills will be required to undertake. Unfortunately, this process can present a number of logistical issues, and often ends up costing a lot more than necessary. Fortunately, we can assist you throughout this process to make it as efficient and cost-effective as possible for everyone involved.

Are you a wills and estates lawyer?

As the world becomes smaller, a new kind of problem has emerged for those who work within the wills and estates industry. With almost half of all Australians having been born overseas, or having at least one parent born outside of Australia, the need to transfer part or all of one’s inheritance across borders is on the rise. This process can end up being far more complex and costly than many anticipate.

Traditionally, international money transfers were only done through banks. However, high fees and poor exchange rates often result in significant costs to the client. Poorly managed, the process of transferring an inheritance through the bank can result in additional high costs, time delays and undue stress to all parties.

At Sable International, we offer the smart alternative to using your bank. We are your dedicated business partner, here to assist you throughout the transfer process. Our foreign exchange brokers are experienced in transferring inheritance and will ensure that both you and your client achieve the best possible result. We firmly believe in complete transparency, with no hidden costs or charges. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can assist you and your clients.

Case study: Wills and estates lawyer

An established Melbourne law firm needed to send cross-border payments on an ad hoc basis.

Traditionally, the law firm would transfer the funds directly via their bank's website. We were able to review the past payments and highlight the total costs associated with the transfers.

On the next transfer, our forex team was able to assist with the cross-border payment of AUD 610,000 (approximately) to Euros. The result was that the beneficiaries received an extra EUR 11,866.65 (nearly AUD 20,000) compared to the retail bank rate on offer.

Are you a recipient of an inheritance?

Managing an international inheritance can be emotionally and financially challenging for recipients. Misconceptions about transferring money from one country to another and complicated taxation systems can result in unnecessary, significant costs in both the short- and long-term. Often the transfer process is managed by the sending bank, resulting in communication challenges and lack of transparency around fees associated with the transfer process.

At Sable International, we understand that you will have questions about receiving your inheritance from abroad. Our experienced foreign exchange professionals can assist you no matter the complexity of the situation.

Case study: Recipient of an overseas inheritance

A client of ours received an inheritance in the UK totalling GBP 140,000.

The client needed to transfer the GBP amount to her AUD account. Traditionally, this transfer would have been undertaken by a UK bank. We were able to offer her a more cost-effective solution to remit the funds to her AUD account. This resulted in the beneficiary receiving an extra AUD 7,011.92 compared to the retail rate on offer from her bank.

Get in touch

Are you an executor of a will?

For the executor of a will, the process of making an inheritance claim and remitting funds presents a number of logistical issues. Typically, the process of remitting funds has involved bank cheques or telegraphic bank transfers. However, these options are costly and it takes significant time for the funds to clear into the recipients’ account.

Fortunately, our international money transfer service can solve a number of the difficulties associated with transferring funds internationally. We invest time and effort into sourcing the best money exchange rates to provide an alternative to the banks. We can assist in transferring money to and from all major destinations around the world.

Case study: Executor

The executor of an Australian-based client needed to make several cross-border payments covering a variety of different currencies. 

We were able to offer a number of payment solutions and options to the executor to make the process as transparent and cost-effective as possible. 

Post-transfer, we provided a full report of the transfers to show that the executor had acted in the client’s best interest.

Get in touch

 

Our exchange rates beat the bank

The smart alternative to using your bank

With Sable International, you can rest easy knowing that your money will be handled with all the required due diligence. With us, your funds will reach their intended destination quickly and hassle-free. Sable International is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (FSP no. 41900) and holds an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (AFS License number 335 126).

We offer all prospective clients free, no-obligation consultations. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you to transfer your inheritance.

Frequently asked questions about online money transfers

You may have questions about transferring your hard-earned money, and that’s good! We understand your desire to know more. Below are the answers to the questions we get asked most regularly.

If the answer you’re looking for is not below, please contact us on +613 (0) 8651 4500 or forex@sableinternational.com and we’ll help you out.

1. Once registered, how long does it take to activate my account?

As soon as we have received a copy of your passport and proof of residential address (signed and dated by yourself), we will activate your account on the same business day.

If your transfer exceeds £10,000 (or the equivalent in another currency), we will request a few additional documents.

2. How are your exchange rates determined? Why are they better than the banks’ rate?

To get you the best rates, we canvass the market on your behalf, add a small margin to the rates we obtain, and pass that rate on to you. The exchange rates we offer fall between the interbank rate (the truest exchange rate) and the rate offered by high street banks and bureaux de change.

We are able to undercut the high street banks and pass that saving on to you in the form of great rates. While the rates on our site are updated throughout the day, they must be viewed as indicative only.

3. Why can't I get the exchange rate I see on TV?

The rate you see in the media is the interbank rate, which is the rate at which banks trade with each other. We pride ourselves on being transparent and will only quote rates that we are able to give you.

4. Between which countries can I send funds?

We can transfer funds to just about any worldwide destination. Our most popular destinations are Australia, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Canada, the United States and the Eurozone. If your country is not specifically listed as an option on our website, please give us a call or send us an email and we’ll help you out with your transfer.

5. How long does a transfer take to be processed?

Once we have received all the necessary documentation associated with the transaction and your funds have cleared in our client account, the converted funds will be credited to your nominated overseas account within one to three working days.

6. What are the minimum and maximum amounts that can be transferred?

There is no minimum or maximum amount when you transfer money with us. There are, however, certain benefits to . To find out more about the benefits of sending larger amounts pop us an email, or give us a call, and tell us how much you’d like to send and we’ll walk you through the process.

Please note: When transferring £10,000 (or foreign currency equivalent) or more in a single currency transaction, or £30,000 (or foreign currency equivalent) in a number of transactions over a 12 month rolling period, Sable International requires proof of “source of funds” as prescribed by HMRC’s Money Laundering Regulations.

7. What methods of payment can I use to transfer the funds to your account?

We accept internet banking payments and GBP denominated UK debit card payments. Your name and surname must be used as the reference when paying via internet banking. If a name and surname are not supplied, proof of payment must be emailed to us so we can allocate your funds for transfer.

8. What happens when I use a debit card as my preferred payment method?

The easiest way to transfer money with us is to use your UK debit card on our website. This process is completely under your control and you don’t need to set foot in a bank or log on to an internet banking portal. As soon as you submit your request online, your money is transferred from your account into ours. As the funds are transferred out of your account, the exchange rate will be secured for your transfer. This is how we ensure the rate you see when you request the transfer is the rate you get.

9. What happens when I use internet banking as my preferred payment method?

If you have chosen internet banking as your preferred payment method, you will need to complete two stages to effect a transfer. Firstly, you will need to upload your transfer instruction onto our website. This tells us the amount of money, destination to which and date on which you want the funds to be sent. After this, you will have to log in to your internet banking account and transfer the requested amount to the relevant Sable International client account, using your name and surname as the payment reference.

The appropriate details for our client holding account will appear when you upload your transfer request on our website.

10. How can I be sure that my funds will be correctly allocated?

If you are using internet banking, it is imperative that you ensure that your funds will clear under your name and surname. If you use your name and surname as the payment reference, we will know that the funds are from you and we can process your transfer as soon as the funds clear.

If the funds will be clearing under a reference other than your own name and surname, please send an email to forex@sableinternational.com, informing us as to what name the funds should clear under. Following these guidelines will decrease the likelihood of a delay.

11. What are the requirements of a registered Money Service Business?

The law requires us to monitor any unusual or suspicious transactions of any size taking place where we have reason to believe the money is derived from illegal activity. We will report any suspicious international money transfers to the authorities.

The law also requires us to keep full records of all transactions, together with copies of identification provided. We are unable to process any transaction where this information is withheld. Proof of address and proof of funds may be required in certain cases – please see our “know your customer” guidelines for more information.

12. How secure is the site?

Our site uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 128 bit encryption to protect your transaction details. This 128 bit encryption is the latest and strongest data encryption technique commercially available for securing information between you, our client, and our website.

SSL works by encrypting/scrambling data from our website to your computer.  The data is encrypted on our web server and can only be decrypted/unscrambled by the person with the correct decrypt/unscramble key. You can visually verify our site’s use of SSL in two places: The "s" in https in the site’s web address and by the padlock on the left hand side of the address bar.

 

Simply fill in the form below to get in touch with us

Is your inheritance claim being contested?*

Get expert insights and important updates
OUR DATA POLICY

GDPR regulations give you more rights about personal information and hold those that breach them to account, so we're all for it.

If at any point you would like to opt out of receiving communication from us, you can do so using the unsubscribe option. We promise to honour your request.

South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120

Durban

25 Richefond Circle
Ridgeside
Umhlanga 4320 +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom

London

Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514

Croydon

5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581

Australia

Melbourne

9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS License number 335 126).

We use cookies to provide the best website experience for you. Using this website means that you agree to this. How we use cookies.