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How to write a Will in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe importance of writing a will There is a misconception that only the wealthy need wills. However, a will is an integral part of everyone’s lives as it is the only way to pass down one’s property and estate to whomever they so wish to. Also, not many people know exactly how to go about […]

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Moving to Singapore as an expatriate — A legal guide

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn this three-part series, lawyer Lau Kah Hee talks expats through what you need to know about the law in Singapore. If you are moving to Singapore, you will want to take a read! Singapore topped a poll for the best places to live and work for expats according to HSBC’s latest Expat Explore and […]

How to Resolve Parenting Conflicts Out of Court – Tips from a Matrimonial Lawyer

Reading Time: 3 minutesParenting conflicts can arise from different parenting  styles  Quite often, conflicts in parenting style can lead to marital breakdown and at its worst, can manifest during the divorce process. It is clear that we are born and raised differently and no one shares the same childhood experience. It’s very rare to have parents agree completely […]

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Ending a marriage that is less than three years

Reading Time: 3 minutesMany reasons why marriages come to an end There are many reasons as to why a marriage comes to an end. According to the Singapore Department of Statistics Report, the top two main reasons for divorces in 2016 are “unreasonable behaviour” (53.5%) and “having lived apart or separated for three years or more” (42.5%). The […]

Prenuptial Agreements in Singapore

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhat is a prenuptial agreement? A prenuptial agreement (or ‘prenup’) is an agreement made before a marriage, which attempts to set out the distribution of assets in the event of a divorce. It is similar to a founders’ agreement in two respects—firstly, both are typically drafted prior to entering a partnership. Secondly, both involve preparing […]

Wills: What is the role of an executor and administrator in your will?

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn his previous article on Wills and Probates, Lim Fung Peen from Yuen Law LLC talked about how to start transferring and distributing the assets of your deceased loved ones. This article reviews and demystifies the role of an executor or administrator in the distribution of a deceased individual’s assets. The role of an executor/administrator […]

The ‘Refinancing’ Tactic: How a licensed moneylender bent the rules to their advantage

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn July this year, the Straits Times reported a case involving a woman who was pressured by a licensed moneylender to renew her loan 16 times, obliging her to repay far more than what she owes. Using the woman’s case as an example, we discuss the ‘refinancing’ tactic used by more opportunistic moneylenders to overcharge their borrowers […]

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is NOT just for the elderly

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat is a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows a person (known as the “donor”) to appoint one or more persons (known as the “donee(s)”) to make decisions and act on his behalf if he loses mental capacity one day.  The donor should be at […]

Dividing Matrimonial Assets in a Divorce in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesDividing assets in a divorce is often contentious Splitting assets during divorce proceedings are often contentious and a challenge, regardless whether it’s a sum of $5,000 or $50 million. It’s natural that both sides would want to preserve as much of their assets as they can in a fair way.  The court typically has final […]