Inheriting its legal history from English law, the mutual wills doctrine has operated in Singapore for decades. Yet, the doctrine of mutual wills remains a mystery to many lawyers, let alone lay persons. Indeed, it remains challenging to understand the
Under section 23(1)(k) of the Mental Capacity Act 2008 (MCA), the Court’s powers in respect of the mentally incapacitated person (P)’s property and affairs include “the execution for P of a will”. Such a simple sentence has led to controversy,
Wills are widely recognised as tools of estate planning or as a clear statement from the testator on how his/her assets should be divided after death. They are arguably even more important in cases involving cohabiting partners and illegitimate children.
Legal Responsibilities Borne by Wills-Drafting Lawyers That are Not Apparent on the Face of the Will
The prevalence of DIY Wills online and Wills-drafting services by non-lawyers makes Wills-drafting appear deceptively simple. Yet, the Court of Appeal in Low Ah Cheow cautioned that Wills are among the most important legal documents that one can execute, and