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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ____________________

I, ____________________, NRIC number ________________, presently of ____________________, declare this to be my last will and testament (my "Will").


  1. PRELIMINARY DECLARATIONS
  2. Prior Wills and Codicils
  3. I hereby revoke all prior wills, codicils and testamentary dispositions made by me.
  4. Marital Status
  5. I am not married.
  6. Children
  7. I do not have any living children.

  8. EXECUTOR
  9. Executor
  10. The expression 'my Executor' used throughout this Will includes either the singular or plural number, or the masculine or feminine gender as appropriate wherever the fact or context so requires. The term 'executor' in this Will is synonymous with and includes the term 'executrix' and 'personal representative'.
  11. Appointment
  12. I appoint __________, NRIC number ________________, of __________, as the sole Executor of this Will.
  13. Powers Of My Executor
  14. I give and appoint to my Executor the following duties and powers with respect to my estate:
    1. To pay my legally enforceable debts, funeral expenses and all expenses in connection with the administration of my estate and the trusts created by my Will as soon as convenient after my death, except for any debt secured by real and/or personal property which is to be assumed by the recipient of such property.
    2. To take all legal actions to have the probate of my Will completed as quickly and simply as possible, and as free as possible from any court supervision.
    3. To retain, exchange or dispose of any personal property without liability for loss or depreciation.
    4. To invest, let, rent, exchange, mortgage, sell, dispose of or give options without being limited as to term, any and all real property belonging to my estate and to insure, repair, improve, add to, remove from or demolish or otherwise deal with such real properties as my Executor deems advisable without liability for loss or depreciation.
    5. To purchase, maintain, convert and liquidate investments or securities, and to exercise voting rights in connection with any shareholding, or exercise any option concerning any investments or securities.
    6. To open or close bank accounts.
    7. To maintain, continue, dissolve, change or sell any business which is part of my estate, or to purchase any business if deemed necessary or beneficial to my estate by my Executor.
    8. To maintain, settle, abandon, make a claim against or defend, or otherwise deal with any claims or actions against my estate.
    9. To employ any solicitor, accountant or other professional.
    10. Except as otherwise provided, to act as my Trustee by holding in trust the share of any minor beneficiary, and to keep such share invested, pay the income or capital or as much of either or both as my Executor considers advisable for the maintenance, education, advancement or benefit of such minor beneficiary and to pay or transfer the capital of such share or the amount remaining to such beneficiary when he or she reaches the age of majority or, during the minority of such beneficiary, to pay or transfer such share to any parent or guardian of such beneficiary subject to like conditions and the receipt by any such parent or guardian discharges my Executor.

    The above authority and powers granted to my Executor are in addition to any powers and elective rights conferred by statute or common law or by other provisions of this Will and may be exercised as often as required, and without application to or approval by any court.


  15. DISPOSITION OF ESTATE
  16. Distribution of Residue
  17. To receive any gift or property under this Will a beneficiary must survive me for 30 days. Beneficiaries of my estate residue will receive and share all of my property and assets not specifically bequeathed or otherwise required for the payment of any debts owed, including but not limited to, expenses associated with the probate of my Will, the payment of taxes, funeral expenses or any other expense resulting from the administration of my Will. The entire estate residue is to be divided between my designated beneficiaries with the beneficiaries receiving a share of the entire estate residue. All property given under this Will is subject to any encumbrances or liens attached to the property.
  18. I direct my Executor to distribute the residue of my estate as follows ("Share Allocations"):
    1. All of the residue of my estate to __________ of __________, for their own use absolutely.
  19. Wipeout Provision
  20. Should all my named beneficiaries predecease me, or fail to survive me for thirty (30) full days, then I direct my Executor to divide any remaining residue of my estate into one hundred (100) equal shares and to pay and transfer such shares as follows:
    1. 100 shares to be divided equally between my parents and siblings, or the survivors thereof, for their own use absolutely, if all or any of them is then alive.
  21. Individuals Omitted From Bequests
  22. If I have omitted to leave property in this Will to one or more of my heirs as named above or have provided them with zero shares of a bequest, the failure to do so is intentional.

  23. GENERAL PROVISIONS
  24. No Contest Provision
  25. If any beneficiary under this Will contests in any court any of the provisions of this Will, then each and all such persons shall not be entitled to any devises, legacies, bequests, or benefits under this Will or any codicil hereto, and such interest or share in my estate shall be disposed of as if that contesting beneficiary had not survived me.
  26. Severability
  27. If any provisions of this Will are deemed unenforceable, the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect.
  28. Signature
  29. I, ____________________, the within named Testator, have to this my Will contained on this and the preceding pages, set my hand at the Town of __________, Singapore, this _____ day of _____________, _____. I declare that this instrument is my last will and testament, that I am of the legal age in this jurisdiction to make a will, that I am under no constraint or undue influence, and that I sign this Will freely and voluntarily.

    _____________________
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WITNESSES

This instrument was signed on the above written date by the abovenamed Testator, ____________________, and in our presence the Testator declared this instrument to be their last will and testament. At the Testator's request and in the presence of the Testator, we subscribe our names as witnesses hereto. Each of us observed the signing of this Will by ____________________ and by each other subscribing we witness and affirm that each signature is the true signature of the person whose name was signed. Each of us is now the age of majority, a competent witness and resides at the address set forth after our names.

To the best of our knowledge, the Testator is of the age of majority or otherwise legally empowered to make a will, is mentally competent and under no constraint or undue influence.

We declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of Singapore that the foregoing is true and correct this _____ day of _____________, _____, at __________, Singapore.

Signed by ____________________ in our presence and then by us in their presence.

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Address

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Town

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Postal Code

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Postal Code

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Last updated: March 25, 2022

What is a Last Will and Testament?

A Last Will and Testament is a legal document you can use to control the distribution of your estate and protect your loved ones after you pass away. 

The purpose of a Last Will is to leave clear instructions on how to pass on your property and finances to family members and friends. In effect, a Last Will and Testament:

  • Accelerates the probate process 
  • Reduces confusion for the executor of your estate
  • Makes your final wishes known

Why is a Last Will important?

A Last Will is important if you wish to control how your property, assets, and finances will be distributed after your death. If you’re a parent with minor children, this document is also crucial for appointing a legal guardian to care for your kids in your absence. 

Anyone over the age of 21 should use a Last Will and Testament to help avoid potential disputes or confusion regarding their estate.

After you die, your estate must go through probate whether you have a Will or not. Probate is the legal process of authenticating a person’s Will (if applicable) and appointing someone (an executor or administrator) to manage the distribution of their estate. A Last Will and Testament accelerates the probate process because it gives executors a set of instructions to follow when gathering assets, paying off debts, and distributing inheritances.

If you die without a valid Will, a court-appointed administrator distributes your estate according to the law (defined in Singapore’s Intestate Succession Act or in accordance with Muslim law for Muslim estates). Without a Will, you wouldn’t be able to gift property to a non-relative or exclude certain relatives from claiming an inheritance. If you leave no instructions and have no surviving family members, the government may collect your property.

What’s the best way to create a Will?

It’s best to create your Last Will and Testament when you have time to carefully consider the distribution of your estate. 

It’s also important to adhere to the laws for creating a valid Will. Often, this means creating your Will in writing and signing it in the appropriate places in the presence of at least two competent witnesses. 

To avoid legal challenges to the validity of your Will, you must create it when you are of legal age (at least 21 years old) and sound mind. Having the legal capacity to make a Will means you understand: 

  • What a Will is
  • That you’re making a Will 
  • Your relationship to the people mentioned in your Will
  • The types and amount of property you own 
  • How you want to distribute your property

Use LawDepot’s Last Will and Testament template to ensure you cover all aspects of your estate. Our questionnaire guides you through the process and saves your work, so you can update your Will anytime you need. We’ll also provide instructions to help you execute your Last Will and Testament properly.

How do I write a Last Will and Testament?

1. Record the testator’s information

You’re known as the testator (or testatrix) when you write a Will. Include your full name, address, and NRIC number. If you're married, you should also include your spouse's full name and NRIC number.

2. Name an executor

The executor of your estate is the person who oversees the distribution of your property and assets. This person is legally bound to follow the instructions left in your Will. You can also name a backup executor in case your original choice is unavailable.

3. Add beneficiaries

List the people or organizations you wish to inherit your estate once your debts are settled. This may include any living children, extended family members, friends, or charities that are meaningful to you.

For Muslim estates, you can use a beneficiary calculator to figure out inheritances based on Muslim law.  

4. Provide for children

Appoint a legal guardian for your children and allocate funds for their upbringing. You can include an additional clause with instructions for specific levels of care.

State if you want to delay the inheritance of any minor children until they reach a certain age. If you do want to delay, specify the age your children must be to receive their inheritance. 

5. Add final details

You can include information about your pets, wishes for funeral arrangements, or any other specific details you'd like to address. However, keep in mind that funeral arrangements often take place before family members review a person's Last Will and Testament. If you include funeral instructions in your Will, be sure to tell your family in advance.

6. Sign the document

Review your Will to ensure it’s free of errors and accurately reflects your wishes. Sign the document with at least two competent witnesses. 

7. Store it in a safe place

Decide on a secure location to store your Will and make sure that your executor knows where to find it. If you choose to register your Will, you’ll need to provide a description of the original copy’s location (e.g., in the testator’s home office, in the top drawer of the filing cabinet). 

8. Register your Will

You can register your Last Will and Testament with the Singapore Academy of Law. Registering your Will helps people locate the original copy during the probate process. 

Can I give away all of my property in a Will?

You can give away most, but not all, of your property in a Last Will. Typically, you cannot use a Will to give away:

Your life insurance, retirement plan, and Central Provident Fund (CPF) will allow you to specify a beneficiary (also known as a nominee), which is why these assets do not go through a Will.

Keep in mind, if you’re Muslim, you must disperse your estate according to Muslim law, known as faraid. In this case, inheritance rights vary for different members of your family. If you give away property without abiding by faraid, someone with a right to inheritance could make a legal claim against your estate. Muslim law also states that you can only allocate up to one-third of your estate to a non-faraid beneficiary.

Can I make a gift to a charity in my Will?

People often create what’s known as a legacy gift when designating a charity as a beneficiary in a Last Will and Testament. You can gift certain items, property, a sum of money, or a percentage of your estate. 

To add a non-profit organization as a beneficiary, you’ll need its Registered Charity Number, also known as a Unique Entity Number (UEN). This is a unique combination of numbers and letters that identifies the organization. You can contact the charity for more information on how to leave them a legacy gift. 

Do I need to notarize my Last Will and Testament?

Singapore estate laws do not require you to notarize your Last Will and Testament in order for it to be valid.

When should I change or revise my Last Will and Testament?

You should create a new Will and revoke any prior documents if you need to make extensive changes (like adding several new beneficiaries). This helps avoid confusion when authorities need to administer your Will. Note that, in Singapore, a Last Will and Testament is typically revoked when you get married

You should revise your Will when:

  • Your relationship status changes (married, separated, or widowed) 
  • You have children
  • You gain/lose a significant amount of property or assets
  • You wish to disinherit someone

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