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Singapore's intestacy rules

IN the absence of a valid will, Singapore's Intestate Succession Act determines how a deceased person's estate will be distributed to successors. This applies to Central Provident Fund (CPF) monies as well, unless you make a separate nomination.

We reproduce the rules below, together with a translation into plain English. Disclaimer: Translations are not exact and this is not legal advice.

These rules also do not apply to Muslims, whose estates are governed by Muslim law and the Syariah Court.

One key point to note is that your spouse and children take precedence over your parents, under intestacy law. Your children and spouse will split your assets with nothing left for dependent parents, if you...

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