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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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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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Intestacy – Dying Without a Will

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhen a person passes on, the tasks of managing the assets that the person leave behind can be daunting on the family especially in a time of grief. You can ease your family’s tasks by making a will – a document that gives clear appointment of whom you want to manage such matters for you […]

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The importance of Will drafting and the Intestate Succession Act

Reading Time: 4 minutesProperty in Singapore is extremely valuable, and much confusion can arise out of figuring out whose property belongs to whom after someone is recently deceased. Often, a person makes a Will to specify how the property and assets should be managed or distributed after his death. However, people sometimes neglect to draft a Will, or […]

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The Mental Capacity Act: A Guide

Reading Time: 6 minutesScientific and medical advances in recent times have seen an increase in the life expectancy of humankind. However, what happens when our minds deteriorate faster than our bodies? This is a real challenge in modern society and is only set to become a more prevalent issue. According to data from Alzheimer’s Disease International 10/66 Dementia […]

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LGBT Couples in Singapore: 6 Things You Need to Know

Reading Time: 11 minutesLesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transsexual (LGBT) persons in Singapore may face legal obstacles under Singapore law. This is because of the lack of legal recognition of LGBT couples and families, and the fact that many of our laws and institutions do not adequately provide for the unique needs of LGBT couples and families. Often, it […]

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How to Handle Overseas Assets in Your Will

Reading Time: 4 minutesYou can’t take your possessions to the grave, but you certainly can Will it to your loved ones! With globalisation and increased international travels, with the ever-growing options and ease of investing internationally, you find yourself with overseas bank accounts and properties, and even eligibility to work and live overseas.  As your assets and investments […]

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Why You Should Write A Will

Reading Time: 7 minutesInheritance disputes are real! You may have heard of inheritance disputes more commonly overseas but it does happen in Singapore too. While there are many other examples, here’s a summary of 7 cases of inheritance disputes that happened in Singapore. Prepare a will for peace of mind! What is a will? It is a declaration […]

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Legal Planning for People with Dementia

Reading Time: 10 minutesAsia Law Network recently held an FBLive session together with Project We Forgot to share legal planning practical tips on legal planning for caregivers to persons with dementia. Helmed by Chong Yue-En, a consultant with Dorothy Chai and Mary Ong Law Practice and Melissa Chan from Project We Forgot, they shared personal experiences and more […]

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Advance Medical Directive: Make Your Decisions on Death

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe Story in 60 Seconds If you are above the age of 21 and are of sound mind, you might consider making an Advance Medical Directive (“AMD”). This is a document that will inform professionals and other parties involved in your healthcare that you do not want extraordinary life-sustaining treatment to prolong your life in the event […]

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Wills for couples – Mutual Wills explained

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhat is a mutual will? Mutual wills are usually made by couples to protect themselves and their children in the event that either or both the parties pass away. This is to plan for a common disaster. For example, the couple perishing in a car accident or other tragedy. This is an alternative to both […]

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How to contest a will

Reading Time: 6 minutesIt isn’t uncommon for the family of a deceased person to feel that the will that the deceased person drafted properly reflects their final wishes. They may think about contesting the will, to seek to prove that it is invalid in court, that the deceased’s estate should be distributed differently. There are ways to contest […]