I am my deceased brother's executor of will. He included a clause in his will that his superannuation funds should go to his 2 daughters (aged 10 and 8). The Super Fund has a Beneficiary Authority which agrees with this instruction. He divorced his wife (the children's mother) 7 years ago and she has the 2 daughters and has been in another relationship. When she became aware of the Superannuation funds ($500K+) she requested the Super Fund pay the money to her. The Super Fund provided a cheque payable to the children which the ex-wife deposited to a trustee account which she controls. When I challenged the Super Fund they stated, "they didn't want to make the natural mother jump through hoops to access funds for the children". She has now spent a considerable amount of the money on property and other luxuries which she claims are benefitting the children. Is there no control or legislation that would protect the children's interest and ensured these funds are held by an independent trustee until the children are 18?