What happens to property that is left out of a will (residuary property)?

Reading Time: 5 minutesWriting a will is vital to ensuring that a person’s property and assets are distributed according to his/her wishes upon death. However, there are times when specific property or assets may be inadvertently left out of one’s will. This may occur, for example, when the person making the will (the “testator”) had not specifically provided […]

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Fighting Back Against A Stalker?

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Story In 60 Seconds Previously, victims of stalking had very little legal recourse to seek protection against a stalker. But with the introduction of the Protection From Harassment Act 2014 (POHA), they can now seek both civil and criminal sanctions against the stalker. Generally, a stalker can be defined if the perpetrator persistently follows you, […]

Facing Domestic Violence?

Reading Time: 7 minutesDomestic violence, or family violence, is violence or abuse inflicted by one family member on another. There are many types of domestic violence, including physical, emotional and sexual violence. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of age or gender. In this article, we give you an overview of the offences which constitute […]

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What does the abolishment of marital rape mean for Singapore?

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe situation that immunity from prosecution for marital rape raises serious concerns. Marital rape immunity prevents a husband from being prosecuted under an offence of rape unless certain conditions are being met. The law on rape is provided under Section 375 of the Penal Code. The definition of Rape is the penetration of the vagina […]

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Do you know what are professional deputies and donees?

Reading Time: 4 minutesYou’re single, and you don’t have close family members or close friends who will look after you should you fall ill. Or, perhaps you do, but you don’t wish to “burden” them. You are not educated, and never worked a single day. Your husband provided for the family. You weren’t rich, but you had enough: […]

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Pornography: How Legal is it in Singapore?

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn Singapore, an online analysis[1] (updated on 1st September 2018) revealed that pornography streaming sites were the 5th 11th, 12nd and 13th most visited sites, even ranking above popular sites Instagram and Whatsapp. But exactly how legal is it to access these sites? This article will examine the general legality of pornography in Singapore. What […]

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Varying Spousal Maintenance Orders in Singapore

Reading Time: 4 minutesYou have an existing maintenance order against your spouse/ex-spouse. Your financial situation has changed. You would now like to change by increasing amount of money you receive. How do you go about doing this? Maintenance orders are orders made by the court to mandate the payment of maintenance between the married/divorced couple. Unlike the division […]

Do you know what is a Writ of Summons?

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhat is a Writ of Summons (WOS)? A writ is “an order issued by a legal authority with administrative or juridicial powers, typically a court.”[1] Essentially, it refers to a document that has legal force and legal consequences, if not complied with. A “writ of summons” is a type of writ and is issued to […]

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Moneylenders (Amendment) Bill 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat are the aims of the Moneylenders (Amendment) Bill 2018? The Moneylenders (Amendment) Bill 2018 which was passed in Parliament on 8 January 2018 (“the Bill”) has a three-pronged aim: to provide borrowers with better protection; to strengthen the regulation of moneylenders; and to professionalise the moneylending industry. The legislative amendments to the Moneylenders Act […]