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Pro Bono: Wills and Estate Planning

Introduction

Resources in this section include those relating to the administration of estates, probate and drafting of wills.

Resources

A. Advance Medical Directive

Advance Medical Directive (AMD)
The AMD is a legal document you sign in advance to inform your doctor that you do not want any life-sustaining treatment to be used for prolonging your life in the event you become terminally ill and unconscious, and where death is imminent. Information published by the Ministry of Health. More information is available in this brochure.

B. Wills

A Guide to Making a Will
Booklet published by Goodwins Law Corporation (2014)

OCBC Online Will Generator
The will generator utilises a basic will template and may be used for preparing simple wills.

Wills Registry
The Wills Registry is a confidential registry where testators or their solicitors can deposit information on wills. The Singapore Academy of Law took over management of the Registry from the Public Trustee’s Office from 4th May 2020.

C. Administration and Distribution of Estates

Deceased CPF Estate Monies
Information, guides and forms relating to the distribution of a deceased's CPF and estate monies by the Public Trustee. Published by the Public Trustee's Office. Various guides are available on this website, including brochures on:

Family Justice Courts: FAQs
Information relating to probate and administration procedures.

Family Justice Courts: Probate
Information on the procedure for obtaining a Probate and Letters of Administration in the Family Justice Courts. Refer to the Probate and Administration Toolkit for simple, straightforward applications (2018)

When a Death Occurs: a Guide to Practical Matters
Published in partnership with Ang Chin Moh Foundation, this is a collaboration between Singapore Hospice Council and volunteer students from NUS Law supervised by AP Ruby Lee. It covers legal aspects relating to a death, including asset distribution.

A. Agencies involved in probate and the administration of estates

1. Family Justice Courts: Probate
One has to apply to the Court for a Grant of Probate (if deceased made a will) or Letters of Administration (if deceased did not make a will) in order to be legally recognised as the executor or administrator respectively of the deceased's estate.

Add: Probate Registry, Family Justice Courts@MND, 5 Maxwell Road, #04-00 Tower Block, MND Complex, Singapore 069110
Tel: +65 6435 5864

Application for Grant/submission of documents:
Add: CrimsonLogic Service Bureau, 133 New Bridge Road, #19-01/02 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
Tel: +65 6538 9507
Email: apollosb@crimsonlogic.com.sg  

2. Public Trustee's Office
The Public Trustee, inter alia:

Add: Ministry of Law Services Centre, 45 Maxwell Road, #07-11 The URA Centre (East Wing), Singapore 069118
Tel: 1800 2255 529
For overseas callers: +65 6225 5529

3. Syariah Court Singapore
The Court has jurisdiction over the method of distribution of a deceased person's estate in accordance with Islamic law.

Add: Family Link@Lengkok Bahru, 8 Lengkok Bahru, #03-01, Singapore 159052
Tel: +65 6354 8371

B. Information relating to wills

1. Law Society of Singapore
The Law Society provides an online service for law practices to broadcast notices or information on wills.

Enquiries: Contact Us
Form: Information on wills

2. Wills Registry, Singapore Academy of Law
The service allows one to 

Add: Singapore Academy of Law, 1 Coleman Street, #08-06 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803
Tel: +65 6332 4388
Email: wills@sal.org.sg

Deceased CPF Estate Monies: Forms
Forms published by the Public Trustee's Office include:

Making of Advance Medical Directive
Form published by the Ministry of Health. See also Notice of Revocation of Advance Medical Directive.

Probate
Forms relating to probate are published by the Family Justice Courts. Click on Probate drop down menu.

Probate and Administration of Estates
The relevant forms, 51 to 62, are published in Appendix A of the Family Justice Courts Practice Directions.

Resource Librarian

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