Sunday, 11 October 2015

If you pass on without a will, your estate will be distributed in accordance with the rules of intestacy that can be found in the Intestate Succession Act. You may engage a Singaporean Wills and Estate lawyer to advise you on the various rules governing this act.

Without a personalized will, you may be disadvantaged. (1) Your estate may be distributed to people you do not intend to provide for or it may not be distributed to people you intend to provide for. (2) Furthermore, instead of being able to appoint your own executors, the courts will appoint administrators and guarantors to administer your estate instead after you pass on. These may not be people you trust. (3) Your family would also have to go through the hassle of applyingto the Court for Letters of Administration. This is generally more tedious and complicated than making a will. (4) Lastly, if you have young children, the person who applies to Court to be their guardian may not be someone who is ideal or who you trust.

As such, we strongly advise you to have a personalized will done up by a will writing service or a wills and estates lawyer in Singapore.

While you may write your own will as long as you are above 21, of sound mind and well informed, your homemade will may contain drafting mistakes or be incomplete. This may lead to a situation of disputed inheritance that may cause your family distress, incurring substantial costs in a legal battle. In a situation where its validity is contested, your homemade will may also be rendered ineffective or invalid.

Given the above, we strongly advise you to engage a lawyer when you want to write a will. At Gloria James-Civetta & Co, we offer expertise in will writing services and offer a free 20-minute consultation with one of our lawyers. Should you have any queries or should like to seek legal representation, kindly contact us at 6337 0469 or email us at