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Our expertise in Singapore’s legal framework, combined with a deep understanding of individual needs, guarantees that your will is both legally robust and personally tailored. Plan confidently with us – where your legacy is our utmost priority.

"Securing Your Legacy: Expert Estate Planning and Will Services in Singapore"

Estate planning and drafting wills are essential legal processes in Singapore that ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes after your death. Estate planning involves organizing your assets and finances to maximize benefits for your beneficiaries, often encompassing wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. It provides clarity and security for your loved ones, reducing potential disputes and legal complications.

A will, a crucial component of estate planning, is a legal document where you, the testator, designate individuals or entities to manage your estate and distribute your assets after your passing. In Singapore, wills are governed by the Wills Act, ensuring they are executed in line with your intentions.

Key aspects of will-making in Singapore include:

  1. Eligibility: You must be at least 21 years old and of sound mind.
  2. Witnesses: The will must be signed in the presence of two witnesses, who cannot be beneficiaries.
  3. Executor Appointment: Designating an executor to administer your estate.
  4. Guardianship: If you have minor children, you can appoint guardians.
  5. Specific Gifts and Residual Estate: Detailing asset distribution.

Without a valid will, your assets will be distributed according to the Intestate Succession Act, which might not align with your personal wishes. Therefore, consulting with a legal professional in estate planning ensures your will is valid, comprehensive, and tailored to your unique circumstances.

Our Estate Planning and Wills Include:

  1. Will Drafting and Review: Crafting legally sound wills tailored to your specific needs and regularly reviewing them to ensure they remain up-to-date with life changes.
  2. Trust Establishment: Setting up trusts for asset protection and tailored distribution, providing a secure way to manage your estate for the benefit of your beneficiaries.
  3. Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA): Preparing LPAs to appoint individuals to manage your welfare and financial affairs should you become unable to do so yourself.
  4. Probate and Estate Administration: Assisting executors and beneficiaries through the probate process, ensuring efficient administration of your estate.
  5. Tax Planning: Advising on estate duty, gift tax, and other financial implications to maximize the value of your estate for your beneficiaries.
  6. Guardianship Arrangements: Establishing guardianship directives for minors or dependents in your care.
  7. Asset Inventory and Management: Creating comprehensive asset inventories, including overseas properties, and advising on effective asset management strategies.
  8. Succession Planning for Business Owners: Providing specialized advice for business owners to ensure smooth transition and continuity.
  9. Legal Advice and Compliance: Ensuring all estate planning activities are in compliance with current Singapore law, offering peace of mind and legal protection.

 

By combining these services, we provide a holistic approach to estate planning and wills, tailored to meet the unique needs and circumstances of each individual in Singapore.

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Why Choose Us for Your Estate Planning and Will Needs?

Choosing us for your estate planning and wills in Singapore offers numerous benefits:

  1. Expertise in Singapore Law: Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in Singapore’s legal system, ensuring your estate plan and will are compliant with current laws and regulations.

  2. Personalized Service: We understand that each individual’s situation is unique. Our services are tailored to meet your specific needs, ensuring that your estate plan reflects your wishes accurately.

  3. Comprehensive Solutions: From drafting wills to setting up trusts and managing probate processes, we offer a full range of estate planning services, providing a one-stop solution for all your needs.

  4. Attention to Detail: We meticulously handle every aspect of your estate planning, ensuring that no detail is overlooked, which is crucial for the effective management and distribution of your estate.

  5. Confidentiality and Trust: We uphold the highest standards of confidentiality and professionalism, building a relationship of trust with our clients.

  6. Timely and Efficient Service: We understand the importance of timely advice and action in estate planning and strive to provide efficient services without compromising on quality.

  7. Clear Communication: Estate planning can be complex, but we make it easier for you by explaining the processes and options in clear, understandable language.

  8. Ongoing Support and Advice: Our relationship with clients doesn’t end with the completion of a service. We offer ongoing support and advice to adapt to any changes in your life or the law.

  9. Cost-Effective Solutions: We provide high-quality services at competitive prices, ensuring that you receive value for your investment in estate planning.

  10. Client-Centric Approach: Your peace of mind and satisfaction are our top priorities. We are dedicated to ensuring that your estate planning process is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

By choosing us, you are ensuring that your estate planning and wills are handled with the utmost care, professionalism, and expertise, tailored to safeguard your legacy and provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

For personalized and expert assistance with your estate planning and wills in Singapore, please feel free to get in touch with us. Our team is ready to provide you with comprehensive and tailored solutions that meet your specific needs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

What is estate planning and why is it important?

Estate planning involves organizing your assets and affairs to ensure they are managed and distributed according to your wishes upon your death or incapacitation. It is important for ensuring that your assets are distributed efficiently, your family's financial future is secured, and potential legal disputes are minimized.

What is a will and why do I need one?

A will is a legal document where you specify how your assets should be distributed after your death, and nominate an executor to carry out these wishes. Having a will is crucial to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your preferences, rather than default legal provisions

What happens if I die without a will in Singapore?

If you pass away without a will, your assets will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy under the Intestate Succession Act in Singapore, which may not reflect your personal wishes.

Can I write my own will, or do I need a lawyer?

While you can write your own will, it is advisable to engage a lawyer to ensure that the will complies with legal requirements and accurately reflects your intentions, minimizing the risk of disputes.

What should be included in my will?

Your will should include a clear distribution plan for your assets, appointments of an executor, guardians for minor children if applicable, and any specific wishes you have regarding your estate.

What is a trust, and how does it fit into estate planning?

A trust is a legal arrangement where assets are held and managed by a trustee for the benefit of designated beneficiaries. Trusts can be used for various purposes in estate planning, such as asset protection, tax planning, and providing for minors or special needs beneficiaries.

How can I start my estate planning process?

The best way to start is to consult with a legal professional who specializes in estate planning. They can guide you through the process, ensuring all legal requirements are met and your wishes are clearly articulated. For more detailed information and guidance tailored to your specific situation, please contact our office. We are here to assist you in every step of your estate planning journey.
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Signing a Will on Behalf of the Testator:

In situations where the testator is incapacitated and unable to sign their will due to medical conditions or age, they may allow another person to sign the will on their behalf, provided it is done in their presence​

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Key Components of a Will:

A valid will should include personal details, a revocation clause, marital status at the time of writing, the executor’s name and information, beneficiaries, reserve/backup beneficiaries, appointment of a maximum of 2 guardians for minors, advisor’s name (such as lawyers and accountants), and a residuary clause, which indicates who will inherit the remainder of your assets

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Intestate Succession Act:

If a person dies without a will, their assets will be distributed based on Singapore’s Intestate Succession Act. The distribution varies depending on the surviving family members, such as the spouse, children, and parents

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Advantages of Writing a Will:

Writing a will provides control over the distribution of your assets, allows planning for dependents, and expedites the legal process. It is important to note that CPF assets and jointly owned properties or savings accounts cannot be covered in a will​

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Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA):

With the rise of mental illnesses like dementia, the government has been encouraging Singaporeans to file an LPA by waiving the $75 fee payable to the Office of Public Guardian for the execution of the prescribed LPA Form until 31 March 2026

Estate planning and wills encompass various categories, each addressing specific aspects of managing and distributing an individual’s assets and affairs. Here are the main categories:

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  1. Key aspects of estate planning and wills include:

    1. Will Creation: Drafting a legal document that specifies how assets should be distributed after death. This includes naming beneficiaries, appointing an executor to manage the estate, and potentially establishing guardianship for minor children.

    2. Trust Establishment: Forming trusts to manage assets during the individual’s life and/or after death. Trusts can provide tax benefits, protect assets, and stipulate specific terms for asset distribution.

    3. Powers of Attorney: Assigning authority to individuals (agents) to make decisions on behalf of the person if they become incapacitated. This can cover financial decisions (financial power of attorney) and healthcare decisions (healthcare power of attorney).

    4. Healthcare Directives: Creating living wills or advance directives that specify the individual’s preferences for medical treatment and end-of-life care.

    5. Beneficiary Designations: Ensuring retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and other accounts with designated beneficiaries are up to date.

    6. Tax Planning: Implementing strategies to minimize estate taxes, inheritance taxes, and gift taxes, thus maximizing the value passed on to beneficiaries.

    7. Asset Inventory: Compiling a comprehensive list of assets, liabilities, and insurance policies to provide a clear picture of the estate.

    8. Digital Assets: Planning for the management and distribution of digital assets such as social media accounts, online bank accounts, and digital currencies.

    9. Business Succession Planning: For business owners, establishing a plan for transferring ownership and management of the business.

    10. Guardianship Considerations: For those with dependents, especially minor children or adults with special needs, planning for their care and financial support.

    11. Probate and Estate Administration: Understanding and planning for the legal process of probate, through which a will is validated and the estate is administered.

    12. Charitable Giving: Including charitable gifts or establishing charitable trusts as part of the estate plan.

    13. Elder Law Concerns: Addressing issues such as long-term care planning and eligibility for government benefits.

    Each aspect of estate planning and wills is designed to ensure that an individual’s wishes are respected regarding their assets and healthcare decisions, providing peace of mind and financial security for themselves and their loved ones.

     
     
     

 

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