Without a will, families could break up

The peril of not having a will done may even put children at risk

A will left by former Singapore president Wee Kim Wee for his children. Dr Wee died on May 2, 2005. A Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners survey to find out how prepared adults here are when it comes to end-of-life matters shows that there is s
A will left by former Singapore president Wee Kim Wee for his children. Dr Wee died on May 2, 2005. A Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners survey to find out how prepared adults here are when it comes to end-of-life matters shows that there is still much improvement needed. ST FILE PHOTO
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They had a happy family with two young children but tragedy struck one day when the couple were killed in an accident.

It was a double blow for the kids - they not only lost both parents but they also had no one to fend for them legally because their parents died without leaving a will. This left the issue of the children's guardianship in limbo.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 23, 2020, with the headline Without a will, families could break up. Subscribe