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HOW IT WORKS
Follow our 3 step fast and easy process to getting your will done
Complete Our Simple Online Questionnaire
We'll Review for Completeness and Consistency
You'll Receive Your Last Will with Signing Instructions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Questions? Here are some that we frequently hear.
A Will is a legal document that describes all your money, savings and assets that you own, as well as how it should be distributed to your loved ones according to your wishes upon your death. Please note that we are unable to provide wills writing services to muslims as their estate matters are governed differently in Singapore.
Wills are governed by the Wills Act. It is advisable to have your Will drafted by professionals in order to avoid having it challenged or deemed invalid if it has been drafted improperly or was ambiguous.
At Foxwood, we provide services at very affordable rates without compromising on quality. Foxwood provides basic Wills drafting services at extremely competitive pricing and guarantee that you can receive the first draft of your Will within 2 working days after submission of your online form and payment.
We make the process as convenient and fuss-free for you as possible. Submission of information and receiving of your drafted Will can all be done online, without needing you to make any trips down to our offices, unless you opt to have your Will executed and witnessed by lawyers.
You will have to appoint at least 1 executor and/or trustee to manage your assets. Do choose a person you can trust as your executor. If you have beneficiaries under 21 years old, you must have at least 2 executors appointed.
You should also state the person(s) or organization(s) to whom you wish to gift your property and assets.
Your appointed executor(s) will handle your estate and distribute it to the persons according to your wishes stated in your Will. Your executor can be a beneficiary to your Will but will have to be at least 21 years old and has mental capacity. Do note that in Singapore, a bankrupt cannot be appointed as an executor.
Your executor will have to hire a probate lawyer to bring the original Will to the court to obtain a grant of probate. Only after the grant of probate is extracted, the executor can then bring it to HDB, banks, insurance companies, CDP etc to collate your assets.
The Wills Registry is a confidential registry where people making a Will or their solicitors can deposit information on Wills.
It is not mandatory to deposit your Will information with the Wills Registry and the validity of your Will is not affected even if it is not deposited with the registry. However, it makes it easier for your loved ones to trace your Will in the event that it is missing, damaged or challenged.
Do note that the Wills Registry do not keep the actual Will nor a photocopy of your Will. Only the following information will have to submitted for their safekeeping:
- Details of the Testator (person making the Will)
- Date of the Will
- Details of the person who drew up the Will
- Details of where the Will is held
Rest assure that the Registry ensures strict confidentiality over all deposited information and will only release information of the respective Testator’s Will to the following people:
- Solicitors acting for the Testator or the Estate of the deceased Testator
- Beneficiary of the deceased Testator
Changes in our lives are inevitable. Whenever there have been major changes in your family life or if circumstances have changed, it is time for you to review your Will. You may need to appoint new Executor(s) or add/remove beneficiaries to your Will.
Do you know that marriage renders any past Wills invalid? Under the Wills Act, newly married spouse is entitled to a share of the estate of his/her spouse in the event of their death. Therefore, you will need to execute a new Will after marriage.
If you have remarried, you will need to make a fresh Will to provide for your new family and/or state any bequests to your former spouse as you wish.
Do note that a divorce does not revoke your existing Will. An estranged couple going through a separation is still a legally married couple and entitled to 50% of your estate. If your matrimonial home is under joint tenancy, under the right of survivorship, the surviving spouse will inherit the whole property upon the death of the other spouse. This could be even more that what your elderly parents and children may inherit. Therefore, it is crucial to re-write your Will if you are planning to go through a divorce, in order to appoint a trusted executor to distribute your assets according to your wishes and trusted trustees to care for your children upon your death.
Other possible scenarios
The following could be some other scenarios which will require you to review and update your Will:
- Birth of a child;
- Birth of a grandchild;
- Death of a beneficiary;
- Death of an executor/trustee/guardian;
- Acquisition of a new property;
- Start-up of a new business
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If there is no Will, your assets will be distributed according to the Intestate Succession Act. Having a Will can ensure that your assets will be specifically assigned to the loved one whom you intended to gift upon your death. Your Will can also include gifts to persons whom are not your immediate family members or to charitable organizations.
Making a Will is also an act of responsibility as it not only assigns your assets but also help your loved ones to make the grieving process easier by having everything arranged. If you are a parent with a minor child(ren) (child below 21 years old), it is advisable to appoint a guardian to care for your child(ren) and a trustee to manage the assets until they reach adulthood.
Without a Will, the process for the Court to appoint representative to transfer your assets will take longer and is more costly before your assets can be distributed.
Although it is not mandatory to have your Will executed in front of lawyers, it is recommended for lawyers to act as your witnesses so that it will be harder for your Will to be contested. Do remember that the signing of your Will must be witnessed by 2 persons at the same time, both of whom cannot be your beneficiaries or your spouse.
Foxwood will arrange for lawyers to be your witness if you opt for the bundle package.
It is common to make a Singapore Will covering worldwide assets as it is convenient to do so. However, the eventual recognition of your Singapore Will in the foreign jurisdiction is subject to the foreign court’s discretion.
For expatriates, if your Will is made in Singapore and most of your assets are in your home country, your Will may still be recognized as valid by your home country. However, if your home country is not under common law, there might be other laws to consider when recognizing your Will. If your Will is made in your home country and you have assets in Singapore, your executor will need to obtain a grant of probate before he/she can deal with the assets here.
You can choose to place your Will with a trusted friend or relative, at home or register with the Wills Registry (original or photocopy not accepted). It is important that your Will be located in a place that your executor(s) and/or beneficiaries can find.
Foxwood offers a service where we store your Will on your behalf. This is provided for 1 year should you opt for our comprehensive or bundle package. We will reach out to you when it is time to renew the service.
Foxwood can assist you to register your executed Will with the Wills Registry at an additional fee of $100 (inclusive of government filing charges). Please select this option as an add on when you checkout.
Lasting Power of Attorney
A LPA is a legal document which allows a person (known as Donor) above 21 years old, to appoint one or more persons (known as Donees), to act on his/her behalf if he/she loses mental capacity in future.
There are 2 types of LPA forms, Form 1 and Form 2. Form 1 gives Donees very wide powers. Your Donee may act as fully as you can, subject to basic restrictions set out in the LPA and the Mental Capacity Act (Cap. 177A). If you do not want to give such wide powers and want to give restricted or specific powers instead, you should use Form 2 (which has to be drafted by a lawyer).
A LPA form will require a certificate issuer to certify the form to ensure that the donor understands the purpose of the LPA and consequences of the LPA, as well as making sure that there is no fraud or undue pressure used to induce the donor to make the LPA. The certificate issuer can either be a practising lawyer, a psychiatrist, or an accredited medical practitioner. The Donor can revoke the LPA any time as long as he has the mental capacity to do so.
At Foxwood, we try to make everything easy and convenient for our users to fill up the LPA Form 1 online.
1) Fill in the online form on our website in relation to making a LPA and we will draft based on the information provided by you.
2) After the LPA has been drafted, we will schedule an appointment with you to meet up with lawyers to go through the form and certify it.
3) Once the form has been certified, we will file it with the Office of the Public Guardian.
In just 3 steps, your LPA is completed, giving you peace of mind in the event of an unforeseen circumstance.