Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Everyone (whether single, married or divorced) should have a will as it determines how and to whom your property is distributed. In Singapore, Section 3 (1) of the Wills Act (Cap 352, Rev. Ed. 1996) states that a person may ‘devise, bequeath or dispose’ of all real and personal property through a will.

Who can make a Will?

Anyone above the age of 21 years old can make a valid Will. The person who makes the will is known as a testator.

What are the requirements of a valid Will?
  1. The Will must be in writing
  2. The Will must be witnessed by at two or more witnesses who are present at the same time
  3. Beneficiaries or the spouse of the testator cannot be a witness attesting the Will unless there are two other witnesses
  4. The testator must sign at the end of the will. If he is unable to, he may direct another person to sign the will on his behalf, in his presence.
  5. The testator has to be mentally competent at the time of signing the will.
  6. An executor must be appointed 
There are formality requirements under the Wills Act that need to be adhered to before a Will is deemed as valid. Therefore, it is advised that you seek legal advice to ensure that your Will is valid and enforceable. 

At Gloria James Civetta& Co., we provide Will writing services  and our Wills & Estate lawyers can help you to devise a Will. A Simple Will at Gloria James Civetta & Co. is $250 nett. For a Simple Will, you can fill up our online form to submit your information. This will take you no longer than 15 minutes and our staff will arrange for you to come down to our office to sign off on your will. Alternatively, we offer a free 20-minutes consultation. Feel free to contact us at 63370469 for more information.