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1. What is the Wills Registry?

The Wills Registry, maintained by the Public Trustee, is a confidential registry where testators (people making a will) or their solicitors can deposit information on wills.

2. What are the fees you charge for depositing or searching for the will information?

Our fees (including GST) are shown below.

 

Item

Fees

Depositing Information

$50.00

Cost of a Search Application

$10.00

Payment for the deposit and search of will information must be made online via debit card, credit card or direct debit.

3. How long will my will information be kept in the Wills Registry?

The will information will be kept in our system for 120 years from the date of birth of the person making the will.

4. What type of information is kept by the Wills Registry?

We keep the following information under the Wills Registry.

 

·         Details of the person making the will i.e. testator.

·         Date of the will.

·         Details of the person who drew up the will.

·         Details of where the will is held.

 

You do not have to deposit your will with us because we do not keep a copy of the actual will.

 

5. Does the Wills Registry keep an actual copy of the will?

We do not keep the actual will in our registry. You or your representative will keep your will. We also do not accept or keep a photocopy.

6. Is it compulsory to deposit my will information with the Wills Registry?

No, it is not compulsory to deposit your will information with us.

7. Will my will become invalid if I do not deposit my will information with the Wills Registry?

No, the validity of your will does not depend on whether you have deposited your will information with us or not.

8. How do I deposit my will information with the Wills Registry?

You will need to access our online deposit form at www.mlaw.gov.sg/pto under eServices to deposit your will information with the Wills Registry.

 

The Wills Registry will no longer accept hardcopy forms for the deposit of will information after 1 Mar 2014.

 

You will need to have your SingPass ready to access our online deposit form. You may apply for your SingPass at https://www.singpass.gov.sg if you do not have one.

 

If you are not eligible for a SingPass, you may apply for a log-in ID and password. You can refer to our guide available at www.mlaw.gov.sg/pto under “Guides and Forms” on how to apply for a log-in ID and password.

 

9. How do I deposit my client’s will information as a lawyer acting for them?

Your law firm or company may apply for an organisation account with us. With an organisation account, your law firm or company will be able to authorise you to access the online deposit form.

 

You may refer to our guide available at www.mlaw.gov.sg/pto under “Guides and Forms” on how to apply for an organization account.

 

Your law firm or company need not apply for a new organisation account if it has an existing organisation account with us.

 

10. How do I use the online system?

You may refer to our step-by-step guide available at www.mlaw.gov.sg/pto under “Guides and Forms” on how to use the online system.

11. I have forgotten to print the receipt and/or transacton summary page. Are you able help to provide a copy of it?

We are unable to provide a copy of the receipt / summary page. You may wish to do a Will search if you wish to verify your submitted information.  

12. How do I update or amend my existing will record?

You will have to deposit a new will record with the Wills Registry. The $50 fee for new will deposit shall still apply.

 

In order to protect the integrity of the information submitted and avoid disputes, we are not able to make any amendment to information on wills submitted to us. You will have to make a new submission of information on the will if you wish to amend any information in the record.

13. How do I delete my will record from the Wills Registry?

You need to write in to request for a deletion of your will record. You may send in your request by email or post to:

 

Public Trustee’s Office

The URA Centre (East Wing)

45 Maxwell Road

#07-11

Singapore 069118

Attention: Wills Registry

Contact Us @ OneMinLaw

 

Please attach a copy of your identity card and indicate your contact number in your correspondence with us.

 

There are no fees involved for the deletion of your will record.

 

14. Who will have access to the will information?

All information deposited with us is strictly confidential. Only the following people may make a search for information related to a will:

 

a) The person who made the will (if they give us proof of identity) or his solicitor.

 

b) The solicitor acting for the estate of someone who has died (if they produce the death certificate).

 

c) The next-of-kin of someone who has died if they produce the death certificate and documents showing their relationship to the person who has died.

 

d) The donee of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or a deputy appointed or to be appointed by the Court with powers to manage the testator's property and financial affairs in the event that the testator lacks mental capacity (if they produce the LPA or Court Order/Application)


e) A person who appears to the Public Trustee to have a legitimate interest in the testator’s will or estate.

 

15. Why is the search results released to only selected persons?

The Wills Registry, maintained by the Public Trustee, is a confidential registry. The information deposited with the Wills Registry is protected. For this reason, information at the Registry will only be released to solicitors acting for the testator or his estate and to the next-of-kin upon the death of the testator.

16. How do I carry out a search on will information with the Wills Registry?

You will need to access our online search form at www.mlaw.gov.sg/pto under eServices.

 

We will need the following supporting documents.

 

a) For the person making search on own will record:

-          Your NRIC

 

b) For law firms:

-          NRIC of the person who made the will or

-          Death certificate of the person who made the will        

 

c) For next-of-kin:

-          Death certificate of the person who made the will and

-          NRIC of next-of-kin and

-          Proof of relationship to the person who made the will (for example, marriage certificate (for spouse) and birth certificate (for parents or children))

 

d) For donee of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or a deputy appointed or to be appointed by the Court:

-          NRIC of donee or deputy or would-be deputy

-          Copy of LPA or Court Order / Application

 

e) For person with a legitimate interest in the testator's will or estate (Please submit your search request using the next-of-kin option in our eService):

-          NRIC of person with a legitimate interest in the testator's will or estate

-          Proof of relationship to the person who made the will

-          Reasons for wanting to make a search on the testator's will together with the relevant supporting documents. (Please upload your written reasons and supporting documents under the attachment for Death Certificate in our eServices.)

 

Please allow 3 - 5 working days for us to process your form.

 

You will need to have your SingPass ready to access our online deposit form. You may apply for your SingPass at https://www.singpass.gov.sg if you do not have one.

 

If you are not eligible for a SingPass, you may apply for a log-in ID and password. You can refer to our guide available at www.mlaw.gov.sg/pto under “Guides and Forms” on how to apply for a log-in ID and password.

 

17. Do you accept hardcopy forms?

The Wills Registry no longer accepts hardcopy search forms after 15 April 2014.

18. How long do I have to wait for the search results?

The search results will be sent to you via email within 3 to 5 working days after we have received your search request.

19. How will the results be sent to me?

The search results will be sent to you via email once we have verified your supporting documents.

 

The search results will no longer be sent by post or fax.

Drawing up a Will

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1. Can I make a will on my own without seeking the assistance of a solicitor?

Yes, you can make a will on your own without seeking the assistance of a solicitor. However, please note that a will may be challenged or invalid if it had been drafted improperly or was ambiguous.

2. How do I make a will on my own?

The Public Trustee does not provide legal advice on how a will should be made. Since you are unclear about how to make a will on your own, you may consider seeking legal advice from a lawyer.

 

LSRA has an integrated online search function which lists all registered law practices (foreign or local), Singapore solicitors, foreign lawyers, and regulated non-practitioners. At present, you can search by name, practice area, and the type of law practice. We are working on further enhancements to the search function.

 

Please note that the search results are based on information provided by law practices and lawyers. The Ministry of Law does not make any warranty or representation as to their accuracy, completeness or reliability. 

3. I am in the midst of drafting my will and would like to include the Public Trustee’s Office as the executor of my will. Please advise if this is possible?

The Public Trustee does not accept any appointment to act as an executor of a will. You can appoint a family member, friend, an independent professional or a trust company to be the executor of your will.

4. Where can I make a will at a minimum cost?

We are unable to advise you on where you can make a will at a minimum cost. You will have to perform your own checks with individual lawyers and law firms on their fees and charges.

 

LSRA has an integrated online search function which lists all registered law practices (foreign or local), Singapore solicitors, foreign lawyers, and regulated non-practitioners. At present, you can search by name, practice area, and the type of law practice. We are working on further enhancements to the search function.

 

Please note that the search results are based on information provided by law practices and lawyers. The Ministry of Law does not make any warranty or representation as to their accuracy, completeness or reliability. 

5. Does the Wills Registry provide help in drafting a will?

We do not provide legal advice on drafting a will or how the will is to be executed. You may want to contact a solicitor for help with drafting a will.

Last updated on 19 Sep 2017