Has a recent court decision changed the law on joint tenancy survivorship rights in Singapore? In December 2021 Singapore’s Court of Appeal delivered judgement in a case involving a property in the joint names of a father and daughter. It was a HDB flat held in joint tenancy. Notwithstanding the joint tenancy the father’s Will […]
Property held as a joint tenant, the survivorship right of a joint tenant and the giving of a property held as joint tenant by Will are all long settled law. It’s been suggested that a recent court case in Singapore has changed the law on this area. Before we discuss this recent case here’s an […]
To answer the question ‘what happens if a beneficiary dies’ three factors need to be taken into account.
We need to know when the death occurs, if the beneficiary is a child of the will maker and we need to know if the Will has provisions for a beneficiary predeceasing.
The way wills are written in Singapore remained unchanged for 200 years. In that time most people in Singapore still don’t have a Will. Online Wills arrived in 2018. Are online Wills the new dawn that changes the game?
Basics of Writing a Will in Singapore When making a Will or Writing a Will in Singapore there are really only 2 things you absolutely must get right. They’ve both “non-negotiable”. First, your Will must say how your estate (ie everything you own) is to divided between your beneficiaries. Second, you must comply with all […]
COVID restrictions on the size of group gatherings may stop groups of 3 persons coming together to sign and witness a Will. You should make your Will ASAP in case restrictions on group sizes are re-imposed.
Infant beneficiaries & the Executor of Will’s role Some people worry about the safety of your infant children’s inheritance upon your passing. This is a genuine concern that needs attention when making a Will. Start by thinking of the role of the executor of your will. On the other hard, if a beneficiary is under […]
Probate means the process by which the executor applies to the Court to have the Will approved and Probate granted. The executor has to prove the Will. If accepted probate is granted and executor can proceed to deal with the estate.
Specific gifts and residuary gifts explained In a Will you can make a specific gift or a residuary gift. A specific gift is a gift of something you own e.g. a watch or a diamond ring. Giving a specific gift means the item given is taken out of the rest of your estate and has […]