Wills are important when it comes to a deceased’s Estate administration. The presence of a Will allows the Executor/Executrix appointed in the Will to apply for a Grant of Probate which is more efficient and less complex as compared to an application for Letters of Administration which is to be applied by the next-of-kin who is entitled to the estate should a person passes on without drafting a will in his/her lifetime.
In Singapore, the Estate of a person who passes on without a will, will be distributed in accordance to Singapore’s Intestate Succession Act, where priority is given as follows,
- Spouse and Issue (Children)
- Uncles and Aunts.
In Malaysia, the Estate of a person who passes on without a will, will be distributed in accordance to Distribution Act 1958 (“Distribution Act”), as amended by the Distribution (Amendment) Act 1997 of Malaysia.
It is evident that the benefits of a Will allows a person (the testator) to control the specificity of his/her assets to be distributed and in addition, it also reduces any potential disputes or conflicts between family members in terms of their entitlement to the Estate as the testator’s wishes to distribute are clearly indicated in the Will.
Our firm provides the following services;
- Advising and Drafting of :
- Mutual Wills
- Specific Wills
- Generic Wills
* Kindly note that the above information does not constitute legal advice, it is information for your reference which you rely at your own risk. Kindly seek legal advice from a qualified lawyer before commencing any legal action.