site is dedicated to issues
relating to Wills & Trust in Singapore and is owned and managed
by W.M. Low &
Partners, a firm of
solicitors practising in Singapore, establised since 1994. It
includes an online form for the submission of
drafting & Probate application instructions. This online
has been available since 2005. We charge $180/-
for a simple Will signed at our office during office hours. We provide
two witnesses (both senior lawyers or one senior lawyer and one
paraglegal). For Wills with more scenarios, the charges are higher. Our
charges for obaining a Grant of Probate starts from $1200/-.
Will drafters are legally
qualified persons ie qualified lawyers with
certificates. (more than 24 years experience, including work experience
in their previous firms). Although a Will need not
be drafted by a lawyer, it is always prudent to engage a lawyer to
do so. To engage an unqualified person to do so is tantamount
engaging a non surgeon to do your surgery. Our lawyers have litigation
experience which other unqualified persons do not.
person is not subject to the rules of confidentiality or
privilege. It is also illegal under the Legal Professional Act
for unqualified persons to charge for legal services.
may be given to us
in person. You may choose to attend at our office or request for our
solicitors to attend at the convenience and privacy of your home or
office for execution. Please procced to Online
does one need to make a Will? The necessity depends on one's needs. If
you do not have any assets or dependants, there may not be a need to
if you own assets and do not make a Will, the assets will be divided
in accordance with the laws of intestacy. If you are happy with the
division under the laws of intestacy, and do not wish to specifically
appoint anyone as Executor and/or provide for special distribution
between your loved ones or to appoint a guardian for your children, you
can get by without the making of a Will.
are of course various advantages in making a Will. You can
appoint an Executor or Executors of your choice. The beneficiaries need
not be left with the task of deciding whom amongst them ought to be
appointed as the
Administrator of your estate, and have a potential problem on this
issue. You can also choose to give specific
gifts to certain loved ones and select an appropriate person to act as
guardian of your minor children.
may also create a trust for your children. In some instances, the
making of a Will avoids unjust distribution eg such as in the event a
married couple meets with an accident and passes away at the same time.
is also less documentation and a
simpler Court procedure to obtain a Grant of Probate (when there is a
Will) as compared to a Grant of Letters of Administration (when there
is no Will). More importantly, the making of a Will shows planning in
your life and your love for your dependant loved ones in the
eventuality of your death. It is also not morbid to make your Will
early, but would clearly be unwise to leave it too late.
issues to note before approaching your solicitors to draft your Will.
& Identify your Executor(s). Is there an alternative
out your Assets & Estimate the total;
out your Liabilities & Estimate the total;
whether you require a Guardian for your minor children;
whether you require a trust for your children during their minority;
the needs of each one of your beneficiaries;
you wish to state your preference for a burial or a cremation;
you wish to specifically exclude any particular person or devise a
specific gift to an individual or even to a charitable or specified
you think that your Will is likely to be challenged in Court after your
death (forseeable if the estate is large) and to make adequate
preparation with competent advice from solicitors familiar with estate
you require your estate to be managed by professional trustees.
you requre your spouse to do a similar Will which cannot be varied
without your consent eg. Mutual Wills.