Judge rules in favour of dead man's estate in tussle over $7m house

The house in Glasgow Road had been bought in 1975 by the family's patriarch for Mr Tan Tiong Luu, but the legal title was in the name of Geok Hong Co.
The house in Glasgow Road had been bought in 1975 by the family's patriarch for Mr Tan Tiong Luu, but the legal title was in the name of Geok Hong Co.ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

A tussle over a $7 million house in which the judge expressed suspicion that a 97-year-old widow had been coached to testify for one side ended in favour of the other.

The High Court ruled the Glasgow Road property, though registered in the name of the family company, belonged to the estate of one sibling, Mr Tan Tiong Luu, who had died in 2012. His widow had claimed the house, which Mr Tan Tiong Luu had bequeathed her in his will.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2018, with the headline 'Judge rules in favour of dead man's estate in tussle over $7m house'. Print Edition | Subscribe