Mediation and Civil Disputes

Mediation and Civil Disputes This article was written by Daryl Er (an intern of OTP Law Corporation) and Emelia Kwa (a trainee at OTP Law Corporation). This article was published by OTP Law CorporationWe have previously covered what mediation entails in our Basic Guide to Mediation (link: http://www.practiceforte.sg/basic-guide-to-mediation/). Having covered many instances where mediation could have been helpful in family cases, we decided to turn the focus a bit onto how mediation can be helpful in civil litigation matters.What do you mean by civil litigation?These are usually cases that start by a writ of summons or originating summons.Where does one go for mediation then?In addition to private mediators, there are two places you can consider when considering mediation for your civil…

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Caught Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

Project restructure family matters "CAUGHT BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA". Interview & Article by: Emelia Kwa, a trainee at OTP Law Corporation. Published: 28 February, 2019 Interviewee’s name has been changed to protect the identity and privacy of all parties involved. “I don’t really know how I survived” are not the words you’d expect to hear from someone speaking about their marriage. However, in Peter’s case, what he expected to be a fairy-tale romance turned out to be a lot more complicated in reality. Peter’s story is not uncommon – every marriage has its challenges and couples may find themselves struggling to make sense of the difficulties and changes they are going through. However, as Peter’s case demonstrates,…

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Breaking down a marriage: How can it be done?

BREAKING DOWN A MARRIAGE: HOW CAN IT BE DONE? This is the first part of a series on the different ways divorce can be settled. This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation.Divorce is a harrowing process. Beyond the emotional trauma, there are typically a host of issues and complications, especially if there are children or substantial assets involved. These issues, big or small, need to be addressed before the divorce can be finalised.Sometimes, parties are able to come to an agreement on their own and thus result in an uncontested divorce. However, divorce will often be contested as spouses will usually not be able to totally agree on all aspects, especially for ancillary matters. In many cases, parties…

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The ABCs of Trusts

The ABCs of Trusts Image Source: Google This article is written by Emelia Kwa, trainee of OTP Law Corporation Despite being such an important part of our legal affairs, the concepts behind trusts can be rather intimidating to understand. We hope that this guide will be able to kick start your understanding of trusts.Who’s who? The settlor is the person who created the trust. He may or may not be the trustee of the trust as he can appoint someone else to be the trustee.The trustee is the person who has the legal right to control how the asset (e.g. property) of the trust in question is handled.The beneficiary is the person who benefits from the trust (i.e. he will…

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Start Anew, Start Afresh!

Start Anew, Start Afresh! Special Feature By PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Abigail Leee The year starts, the year ends. You always have that one or two items that you have told yourself that you would definitely need to keep to this for this particular New Year, but when the end of the year comes, you find yourself beating yourself up with yet another year of unaccomplished resolutions.It always seems to happen, does it not? So how can we make resolutions so that they can be kept and at the same time be able to deal with the festive period stresses that seek to undo the success of resolution fulfillment?Here are some pointers:Be Realistic in ExpectationsWhen setting New Year resolutions or goals,…

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Portrait of the Old Timer – The Not-So-Private-Nor-Secret Life of a Sole Proprietor of a Singapore Law Practice 1990-2018 (with 2-year hiatus 2005-2007)

Portrait of the Old Timer - The Not-So-Private-Nor-Secret Life of a Sole Proprietor of a Singapore Law Practice 1990-2018 (with 2-year hiatus 2005-2007) Article By: PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Ong Ying Ping of Ong Ying Ping EsquireAs my late pupil master said, you can complain all you like about how exacting and demanding – even unforgiving – legal practice can be, but litigation practice is never described as “boring”.I started practice thinking like a lay person – that lawyers rejoice more in finding loopholes than upholding principles. I am surprised to have met more people who champion substantive justice than I expected.My first experience of substantive justice was a trial in which my client succeeded in showing dishonesty perpetrated by the…

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PracticeForte 3rd Anniversary

Image Source: WOCinTechChat, Icon Finder “Displacement, Distress, Disputes: A Bag Perspective” 5 August, 2018 PracticeForte dedicates our 3rd Anniversary Celebration to Building Peace, Building Expertise. Established in the spirit of collaboration, we aim to channel our efforts and expertise towards peace building. This year marks the 3rd year we strive towards this goal.In conjunction with our 3rd anniversary, and as part of our twin pillar focus of “Building Peace, Building Expertise”, PracticeForte Pte Ltd aims to make a difference to the lives of today’s foreign domestic workers by bringing awareness to mediation as a peaceful way of addressing disputes between foreign domestic workers (FDWs) and employers in Singapore.  On the 5th of August, 2018 with the support of the Chinatown…

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Mediation for *Hague and Relocation Cases

Mediation for *Hague Convention and Relocation Cases* Article By: PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Ms. Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation Cross-border family disputes: Hague and Relocation CasesSingapore has picked up a reputation as a metropolitan, expat-friendly city. In fact, 1 in 3 marriages in Singapore now involve at least one foreigner.No doubt this is a boon for multiculturalism. But when it comes to family disputes that involve children, a cross-border marriage could complicate matters. A breakdown of a cross-border marriage makes it much more likely that one parent wants to leave the country with the children. After all, foreign parents usually maintain a connection with their home countries which they gravitate when things take a turn for the worse.If the child…

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On the Move – Parental Relocation in Singapore

On The Move Article By: PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Firm Rajan Chettiar LLC I.                    IntroductionWith the advent of globalization, the number of cross-border marriages is on the rise. Singapore, in particular, is a typical destination country for cross-border marriages in Asia, with the proportion of marriages between a Singapore and a non-citizen spouse rising from 32.8% to 38.7% during the 1998-2008 period.[1] Correspondingly, the modern Singaporean family is more likely to be the product of a cross-border marriage, the breakdown of which would potential raise complex cross-border issues, such as applications for relocation. After divorce, a parent may want to bring his/her children overseas in search of a new life, or to dive back into the familiar comfort and support provided by…

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PracticeForte Day Out – FAST

PracticeForte Day Out - Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST) Article By: Pamela Lun & Cheryl Lim  Stepping into the premises of the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST) is like stepping into a never-ending party. Music boomed throughout the premises as a talent competition was being organized for the afternoon. Groups of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) formed dance groups and grooved to the latest beats, while 1 or 2 daring individuals showed off their vocals with Adele and Celine Dion classics.  Off the stage, FDWs were gathered in groups chit-chatting, gymming or going for the free enrichment classes held within FAST. It is not difficult to see why so many FDWs…

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