ABOUT THIS PROJECT
We usually suggest a first meeting to obtain your instructions and to address your concerns regarding:
- Your choice of executors;
- Your intended beneficiaries; and
- The division of your assets upon your death.
We are available for hospital and house visits if required and upon sufficient notice.
We can assist you in the submission of your nomination forms to CPF Board without you calling on CPF Board in person.
Lasting Power of Attorney (simple and expanded)
A lasting power of attorney is a document a mentally capable person signs to appoint a decision maker (called a donee) to make decisions on his/her behalf in the event he/she subsequently loses mental capacity, wholly or partially.
The decisions your donee(s) can make typically involve matters concerning your personal affairs, as well as your property and financial affairs.
We advise both the donors and their chosen decision makers (donees) on their obligations under the mental capacity law, as well the suitability of the existing forms to your circumstances.
You may wish to include a trust inside your will, or seek advice on the setting up of a trust in your lifetime.
UPON THE EVENT
Grant of Probate
We assist the executors of a will in their application to the court for the Grant of Probate in order to deal with a deceased’s estate.
Grant of Letters of Administration
Where a deceased died without a will, we assist the administrators in their application to the court for the Grant of Letters of Administration in order to deal with a deceased’s estate.
Resealing a Foreign Grant
Where a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration have been obtained in fellow commonwealth countries or Hongkong, we assist in having the Grant resealed in the Singapore High Court in order for the executors or administrators to deal with Singapore assets.
Varying a Grant
If a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration has been obtained and the family members wish to vary the distribution of the deceased’s estate , we assist by drafting the Deed of Family Arrangement or Deed of Variation.
Transferring property ownership upon Death
We file the Notice of Death in situations where the deceased left behind a surviving owner under a joint tenancy arrangement.
In other instances, we attend to the transfer of the deceased’s property to his/her’s beneficiaries, or register the property in the name of the executor/administrator as a prelude to a future sale.
In some instances, the deceased’s property is mortgaged to a bank. We will liaise with the bank concerned or attend to the redemption of the loan concurrently if instructed to do so.
UPON LOSS OF MENTAL CAPACITY
Appointment of Deputies for Mentally Incapacitated
We advise you on the steps to be taken when a family member or a friend has lost mental capacity partially or fully and did not execute a lasting power of attorney beforehand. We will assist relevant person in his/her application to be appointed Deputy under the Mental Capacity Act.
Once the Order of Court is obtained, and if the powers granted relate to a property, we can assist to register the Order of Court at the Singapore Land Authority.
Contested Estate Matters
We advise executors/administrators when their application for grant is contested.
Conversely, we advise interested beneficiaries who wish to ensure that their interest in the state of a deceased is protected.
Contested Mental Capacity Matters
We advise relevant persons (deputies, donees and other family members) on their rights to be included or to contest the ongoing application for appointment of deputy, and whether there is a breach of duty by the appointed deputies/donees.