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Our Family Law practice provides representation and advice on all aspects of family law and matrimonial proceedings. Services include advice and representation on judicial separation, divorce, custody and maintenance disputes, division of matrimonial assets and other ancillary matters. We believe that discretion and delicate handling of a situation by an understanding lawyer is important.

In cases of family violence, we provide advice and representation for the application for Protection and Exclusion Orders.

The practice also advises on the procedures for adoption, guardianship and appointment of committees for mentally disabled persons.

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Trust, Estate Planning and Probate

The firm has a leading chancery practice in Singapore. It is known for its experience in trust, probate and administration practice which includes the following:

  • Creation of trusts, wills and settlements
  • Trust and estate planning
  • Advice on and applications relating to probate, estate administration and the laws of succession

The firm has been involved in major trust cases that have gone before the Courts. It acted in the last case that appeared before the Privy Council in England involving an estate of a local philanthropist. Examples of some cases dealt with include the following:

  • The Sallim Talib Settlements;
  • The Tan Tye Estate;
  • The Valibhoy Trust;
  • The Alkaff Settlements;
  • The Tan Lip Boey Estate;
  • The Wee Kay Siang Estate;
  • The Lee Hiok Kwee Estate;
  • The Shaik Ahmad B A.W. Basharahil Estate;
  • The Chow Cho Pon Estate;
  • The Manasseh Meyer Singapore and Hebrew School Settlements; and
  • The Alexander Eu Keng Kee Estate
  • Estate of Lee Wee Kheng
  • Chee Mu Lin Muriel v Chee Ka Lin Caroline (contested wills in the Estate of Mdm Goh Hun Keong)

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Arbitration, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

The firm has a premier arbitration practice. It is renowned for work in arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution including disputes involving building, construction and engineering projects, cross border joint venture contracts and international commercial arbitration.

The firm has partners who are accredited members of international arbitral tribunals, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Mediation Centre.

Our Mr Giam Chin Toon S.C. sits on the Board of Directors of the Singapore Mediation Centre. He is also on the panel of accredited arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a Member of the Hawaii Panel of the Center for International Commercial Dispute Resolution and a Member of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. He was also Chairman of the Sub-Committee on the Review of Arbitration Laws in Singapore.

In addition to the above, Expert Guides has identified our Mr Giam Chin Toon S.C. as the Expert in Commercial Arbitration in Singapore.

Who’s Who Legal has in an article Editorial: Construction in Singapore dated October 2007 commented that“Giam Chin Toon SC at Wee Swee Teow LLP is another highly rated individual. He was described as a “real force to be reckoned with” by one interviewee. Particularly well known for his disputes work, especially in arbitrations, he acted for a British contractor in one of the largest building contract arbitrations in Asia at the time, and has also acted for numerous Singapore and international clients in arbitration proceedings involving building, infrastructure and engineering projects in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.”

The firm is well equipped and experienced in handling arbitration matters.

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We have provided tailored solutions for our private clients, their children and their children’s children in a wide spectrum of personal legal matters, ranging from matrimonial proceedings to immigration to lasting power of attorney applications.

Our family law practice provides representation and advice on all aspects of family law and matrimonial proceedings. Services we provide include advice and representation on annulment, judicial separation, divorce, division of matrimonial assets, custody, care, control, access, maintenance, and other ancillary matters. In cases of family violence, we provide advice and representation for the application for personal protection, expedited, and domestic exclusion orders. We believe that discretion and delicate handling of a situation by an understanding lawyer is important.

In trust, probate and administration, we are well-known for possessing decades of experience in applications for grants of probate and letters of administration, the actual administration and distribution of assets, estate planning, and the transfer of assets between jurisdictions. Solutions that we craft and advise our clients on include the general power of attorney, lasting power of attorney, pre- and post-nuptial agreement, deed of family arrangement, trusts, and foundation.

Some of the major trust cases that we have been involved in which have gone before the courts include:

  • The Sallim Talib Settlements;
  • The Tan Tye Estate;
  • The Valibhoy Trust;
  • The Alkaff Settlements;
  • The Tan Lip Boey Estate;
  • The Wee Kay Siang Estate;
  • The Lee Hiok Kwee Estate;
  • The Shaik Ahmad B A.W. Basharahil Estate;
  • The Chow Cho Pon Estate;
  • The Manasseh Meyer Singapore and Hebrew School Settlements; and
  • The Alexander Eu Keng Kee Estate
  • Estate of Lee Wee Kheng

We also advise on immigration, adoption, guardianship and appointment of committees for mentally disabled persons, applications for deputyship, and enforcement against deputies and donees for breach of duties.

We endeavour to service our clients across generations.