Workplace bullying: Know your rights and remedies

Reading Time: 8 minutesWorkplace bullying is more common than you think It is often said that the office is a second home. This is especially so in Singapore, where long hours of work is a norm. A 2016 survey conducted by Roffey Park (a leadership institute based in Singapore and the UK) revealed that Singaporean employees spend even […]

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Tenancy Agreements: Common Terms And What They Mean

Reading Time: 7 minutesHave you, your friend, or family member ever had to rent an apartment in Singapore? If so, you would have had to sign a tenancy agreement. What is a tenancy agreement? It is a contract between a landlord and a tenant. What does this contract entail? In this contract, the landlord is essentially agreeing to […]

What is a Notary Public?

Reading Time: 10 minutesAsk anyone if they know what a Notary Public is, and the most likely response you will get is a quizzical look or a raised eyebrow. Nonetheless, despite being obscure-sounding and relatively unknown, a Notary Public performs the important function of notarizing documents that are to be used overseas. Foreign persons, entities or institutions overseas, […]

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ควรปรึกษาทนายเพิ่มอีกดีไหม (Second opinion for legal advice – should you get one?)

Reading Time: 1 minutesสมมุติว่าคุณเพิ่งไปขอคำปรึกษาด้านกฎหมายจากเพื่อนหรือคนในครอบครัวที่เผอิญเป็นทนาย หรือคุณอาจจะไปจ้างทนายมาเพื่อขอคำแนะนำเกี่ยวกับเรื่องบางอย่าง และตอนนี้อีกฝ่ายก็ตอบกลับมาเรียบร้อย คุณได้รู้ข้อมูลเท่าที่คุณจำเป็นต้องรู้แล้ว และคุณก็ทราบดีแล้วด้วยว่าหลังจากนี้คุณมีทางเลือกอะไรที่สามารถทำได้บ้าง แล้วทีนี้คุณยังควรจะต้องหาความคิดเห็นที่สองเพิ่มอีกหรือเปล่า? Ok! You’ve just gotten some legal advice from a lawyer. They might be a friend or family member who is a lawyer, or a lawyer that you have engaged and paid to give you legal advice. You are now equipped with your options and information to make your decision […]

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Reading Time: 1 minutesการเริ่มนัดทนายเพื่อปรึกษาปัญหากฎหมายเป็นก้าวแรกที่สำคัญมาก แต่ก็เป็นเพียงก้าวแรกเท่านั้น เพราะคุณยังเหลือขั้นตอนอีกมากที่คุณต้องเตรียมพร้อมก่อนพูดคุยกับทนายของคุณ คุณอาจไม่รู้หรือไม่มั่นใจว่าต้องทำอะไรบ้าง ซึ่งก็ไม่ใช่เรื่องแปลกเลย คนส่วนใหญ่เองก็ไม่เคยมีประสบการณ์ต้องนัดปรึกษากฎหมายแบบนี้และก็ไม่รู้ขั้นตอนเหล่านี้เหมือนกัน แต่ไม่ต้องเป็นห่วงไปเพราะบทความนี้จะช่วยแนะนำขั้นตอนเตรียมตัวให้คุณเอง ก่อนอื่นคุณต้องลำดับความคิดและประเด็นที่คุณอยากปรึกษากับทนายให้เรียบร้อยก่อนเริ่มโทรหาคุณทนาย ถ้ามีเอกสารสำคัญใดๆที่ทนายของคุณควรจะรู้หรืออาจจะต้องการคุณก็อย่าลืมเตรียมมันไว้ให้เรียบร้อยก่อนด้วย Have you finally made an appointment to consult with a lawyer about that looming legal matter? Good for you. Many people don’t have much experience with legal professionals and are unsure how to prepare for that important first consultation. There are a few things you need […]

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Prenups – the next big thing in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesContrary to popular belief, marital agreements are not as uncommon or far-fetched as they may seem to be. But what are nuptial agreements? Why are they getting increasingly popular? Pre-nuptial agreements The days leading up to the big day are passing in a rush. Amidst all the ordering of flowers and fussing over choices of […]

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Changing Your Legal Name

Reading Time: 4 minutesMore people in Singapore are changing their names! In 2014, the Straits Times reported that the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) saw 6,000 applications a year over the past three years from people who wanted to change their names in their National Registration Identity Cards (NRIC). By comparison, ten years ago the ICA saw only […]

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Muslim Inheritance: How Does It Work?

Reading Time: 6 minutesHandling probate and inheritance matters may be difficult, especially after losing a loved one. This process is slightly more complicated for Muslims, who are bound by a different set of rules from non-Muslims. For Muslims, the distribution of a deceased Muslim’s estate must be in accordance with Muslim inheritance law, also known as faraidh. What […]

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Multi-Jurisdictional Jeopardy & Resolution and Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Reading Time: 3 minutesLawyer Edmund Lam previously wrote a three-part series on white-collar crime with illustration of actual cases that happened in Singapore. You can read the articles here (to hyperlink). In this article, he shares more about multi-jurisdictional jeopardy & resolution and  deferred prosecution agreements. Multi-Jurisdictional Jeopardy & Resolution In recent times, authorities are stepping up on multi-jurisdictional […]

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White-Collar Crimes in Singapore: Tales of Terrible Lessons (Part 3 of 3)

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn the first of a three-part series, lawyer Edmund Lam gave an introduction to white-collar crime and shared examples of money laundering and signing of false certificates. He also shared about the criminal breach of trust, corporate and securities fraud in the second article. In the last part of this series, Edmund provides illustrations on […]

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Becoming the Executor of a Will

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhat is involved as an executor of a will? When you agree to be the executor of a person’s will, you agree to manage and distribute that person’s assets for the beneficiaries named in his will and in the manners instructed in the will upon that person’s death.  In other words, you agree to execute […]

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White-Collar Crimes in Singapore: Tales of Terrible Lessons (Part 2 of 3)

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn the first of a three-part series, lawyer Edmund Lam gave an introduction to white-collar crime and shared examples of money laundering and signing of false certificates.  In this article, he provides illustrations of the criminal breach of trust, corporate fraud and corruption and bribery. Illustrations of white-collar crimes Criminal Breach of Trust In 2001, […]