Singapore: Frequently asked questions in estate planning

MSI's Singapore law member Tito Isaac & Co LLP addresses frequently asked questions in estate planning.

In Singapore, a person who passes away without a valid Will is said to have died
‘intestate’. This means that Section 7 of the Intestate Succession Act (for non-
Muslims) will apply in determining the beneficiaries and their respective entitlement to the estate.

Why should I have a Will?

The intestacy distribution rules as described above may not adequately address your wishes. With a Will, it allows you to choose who can administer the distribution of your estate, and who your beneficiaries are.

For example:

  • You may wish to appoint someone whom you trust to execute your Will, instead of your next-of-kin.
  • You may wish to make donations to charitable organisations.
  • You may wish to have your assets distributed to someone else, which would otherwise not be beneficiaries to your estate under the Intestate Succession Act (such as unmarried partners, god-children or close friends).
  • You may wish to have your assets distributed in the proportions other than in the proportions under the Intestate Succession Act.

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