01 Feb 2021 Posted in Parliamentary speeches and responses
Ms Hany Soh (Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC)
To ask the Minister for Law (a) to date, how many wills have been registered with the Public Trustee’s Wills Registry; and (b) what is the take-up rate annually for the past 10 years, before and after the implementation of the registration fees.
- The Wills Registry (the “Registry”) was launched in 2001 and is a confidential registry where testators or their solicitors can deposit information on wills. With effect from 4 May 2020, the Singapore Academy of Law (“SAL”) took over the management of the Registry from the Public Trustee’s Office (“PTO”). As at 31 December 2020, there were 128,931 will records deposited with the Registry.
- In 2014, PTO introduced an online service for the electronic submissions of will records including a one-time $50 fee to cover the costs of processing and maintaining the records in the system for up to 120 years from the testators’ date of birth. The number of will records deposited annually over the past 10 years is as follows:
||Will Records Deposited
- As part of broader efforts to encourage estate planning, MinLaw is working with stakeholders to study how access to services such as the Wills Registry may be further improved.
Last updated on 01 Feb 2021