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Protect Your Joint Assets With heritance

A recent Straits Times article commented on a recent landmark ruling by the Singapore Court of Appeal regarding joint tenancy. When a property is held in joint tenancy, it means that the co-owner has the automatic right to inherit the property (the law of survivorship) upon the death of the other co-owner. However, the recent case […]

Don’t just take photos – make memories

A recent article by CNA  is a thought piece on how the modern generation takes and stores so many photos (thousands in a typical person’s phone), that photography has become “less about remembering something and more about creating a visual archive of almost everything.” The article also mentions that because we have created so many […]

The Importance of a Family Constitution

Family Values For Inheritance

You have probably heard of the constitution that governs a nation. In the political world, a constitution is drafted to define the bedrock and set the parameters of the governance of a nation. What about a family constitution? It isn’t all that different. A family constitution lists down a set of guidelines and principles that […]

What are the Different Roles in a Will?

Digital Memories

You might have probably come across multiple scenes in movies that illustrate the following – the family gathers around in a library to hear the reading of a will after the death of a member. Someone, usually a lawyer, takes out a stack of papers from his briefcase to start the session, declaring a set […]

Quick Guide to the Different Types of Wills

quick guide to different types of wills

Possibly life-changing, the will is one of the most important documents that you need to have. This article is a quick and simple guide to all you need to know about wills. What is a will and why do you need it? It is a document that encompasses your instructions and wishes on how you […]

The Future of Singapore’s Hawker Heritage in the hands of Millennials

Maxwell Food Centre, a hawker center located in Singapore’s Chinatown neighborhood,

Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore (Photo by EQRoy on Shutterstock) The hawker culture in Singapore is a powerful thread that connects Singaporeans to their past, better than other tangible heritage icons such as the National Library or the National Theatre. Every Singaporean would have grown up eating at hawker centres, and many tourists visit hawker centres […]

6 Pitfalls of Writing only a Will

In 2016, Singaporeans ranked #3 globally for household wealth and #197 for birth rate. What this means is that our children are going to be much richer before they are ready. Wills are a common and familiar tool most affluent individuals use to distribute their assets when they are no longer around. In China, the […]

5 Lessons Learnt from Tan Kim Seng’s Will

People often mistake family trusts to be a relatively new concept in Asia and Singapore. After all, family trusts were first popularized by Western private banks with a dramatic rise of family offices in recent years. I was captivated by a social media post by the Citizen Archivist project organized by the National Archival Board […]

7 Ideas that Breathe Life into Your Family Trust

Do you know that setting up family trust funds are no longer reserved for the super-rich? In recent years, more licensed trust companies are setting up shop in Singapore, targeting families with as low as $3M in household wealth. With Singapore becoming an “old money” economy, there’s a growing number of younger millionaires who acquired […]