The Road to Second Parent Adoption – Aided by the EU-ASEAN Connect

The Road to Second Parent Adoption – aided by the EU-ASEAN Connect By Wan Cheng Chan All families are different.  Unfortunately, not all families are equal.When Elo and I met more than 9 years ago, we fell in love. Just like any other couple, we had dreams of starting a family one day and growing old together.As two women from two different countries, we knew that our chosen life journey was not going to be easy.  After fighting for our families to accept us, jumping through administrative hurdles to secure our marital and legal status, we were finally ready to have a child together.However, if there was one thing that we had not expected on this journey to becoming a…

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Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases: The Mediation Advocate (Part 5)

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases: The Mediation Advocate -Part 5 By Susan Tay, Co-Founder of PracticeForte & OTP Law Corporation.This is the 5th part of a series on therapeutic justice and how it may be applied in family cases in Singapore. You may read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3  and Part 4 here.In these parts, we dealt 1stly with how the essence of Therapeutic Justice for family cases is in the healing. The next parts involve the perspectives and roles of the different players  and they are namely, The Lawyer, The Accountant, The Mediator and in this article, The Mediation Advocate.Family cases will be restricted to divorces and the issues arising out of a divorce. These issues…

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The Future of Family Practice

the future of family practice This article was first published in Law Gazette, an official publication of The Law Society of Singapore. By Rajan Chettiar, PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate“You are too nice,” he said. “How do you want me to be at a mediation?” I replied. “I am worried,” he said. I had given an assessment of the outcome at the mediation to him. “If you are worried, I cannot do anything for you,” I replied. This is an exchange I had with a client recently who wanted adversarial conduct during a mediation.If being non-adversarial is a cause for complaint in family proceedings, then we cannot fault lawyers who are litigious during mediation or in Family Court proceedings. The complaints of lawyers’…

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UZN v UZM – Dissipation of Assets and Adverse Inference– A Lawyer’s Perspective Part 2

UZN v UZM – Dissipation of Assets and Adverse Inference– A Lawyer’s Perspective Part 2 By Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation This is part 2 of my article on the case of UZN v UZM. In Part 1 of my article here, I gave some background on the rationale behind dividing matrimonial assets. You can read the one from the perspective of a forensic accountant, Wan Yew Fai of Strix Strategies Pte Ltd, here. Both Wan Yew Fai and I are part of PracticeForte Advisory, a multi-disciplinary grouping of professionals. We often work as a team in matrimonial cases especially when the matrimonial estate comprises of more complex portfolios like shares, equity in companies, real estates in different countries…

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UZN v UZM – Dissipation of Assets and Adverse Inference: A Lawyer’s Perspective Part 1 Rationale Behind Division of Matrimonial Assets

UZN v UZM – Dissipation of Assets and Adverse Inference: A Lawyer’s Perspective Part 1 Rationale Behind Division of Matrimonial Assets By PracticeForte co-founder Susan Tay This is my article on the case of UZN v UZM. You can read the one from the perspective of a forensic accountant, Wan Yew Fai of Strix Strategies Pte Ltd, here.In this article, I will share my perspective as a lawyer.Before I start on the case proper, I think some background on the rationale of dividing matrimonial assets may be useful.Why Should I Split My Assets with The One I Am Going to Divorce?I often hear this from clients, whether husband or wife: it is not fair, this is my money, earned solely…

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UZN vs UZM: Undisclosed Assets and Adverse Inference- A Forensic Accountant’s Perspective

UZN vs UZM: Undisclosed Assets and Adverse Inference- A Forensic Accountant’s Perspective Article By PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Wan Yew Fai, CA (Singapore), CPA (Australia), B. Acc (Singapore) In matrimonial cases, it is not uncommon that one spouse will hide assets from the other spouse, especially when the marriage is on the rocks. If this were a corporate or commercial case, that would likely have been classified as “cheating” and be deemed a criminal act.Between a husband and wife however, the recourse for the party being deprived of these hidden assets is adverse inference.In this article, I will share my analysis of how the High Court and subsequently the Court of Appeal applied adverse inference in the case of UZN v…

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The Life Cycle Of A Start-Up: From Cradle To Grave (Part 1)

The Life Cycle Of A Start-Up: From Cradle To Grave (Part 1) Article by: Lim Seng Siew of OTP Law Corporation This articles was first published on www.otp.sg The Start-up and the LawyerThe life journey of a start-up is fraught with much uncertainties. Where is the next round of funding coming from? How do I make sure that I am complying with the law when I employ my first employees? Is the area of business that I want to get into regulated? Am I fair to my new investors without being unfair to my employees and my initial investors? In a series of articles, we hope to help you answer some of these and other questions. As a start-up, we understand that cash is often…

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Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases (Part 1)

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases –Part 1 Article by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation. This is the 1st of a 4 part series on therapeutic justice and how it may be applied in family cases in Singapore. In the other 3 instalments, we will explore the role of different players in the administration of therapeutic justice, namely, The Lawyer, The Counsellor and The Accountant. In the context of these articles, family cases will be restricted to divorce and the issues arising out of a divorce i.e. property division, financial support and importantly, children’s matters including custody, care and control, access. Heal Us Not Kill Us If I…

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Working from Home – 5 Doable Steps to Protecting Confidential Data

Working from Home - 5 Doable Steps to Protecting Confidential Data Article is written by Chloe Chua, an incoming trainee of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published on OTP Law Corporation's website. Working from home is now part of a new normal in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we adjust to this change in environment, it is important that we consider how best to ensure the privacy of confidential work data. Section 24 of the Privacy and Data Protection Act in Singapore requires an organisation to make reasonable security arrangements to protect personal data in its possession or under its control in order to prevent unauthorised access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification, disposal or similar risks.…

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Working Remotely – What Do I Need to Do?

Working Remotely – What Do I Need to Do? Article by Lim Seng Siew of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published in The Law Gazette - LAW IN THE TIME OF COVID, PRACTICE MATTERS, May 2020. With the issuance of the Infectious Diseases (Workplace Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19) Regulations 2020, gazetted on 1 April 2020, working remotely is no longer a luxury or optional benefit. It is now a requirement and is likely to remain the “new abnormal’ for the foreseeable future. Many government services are already geared towards working remotely. Singapore Land Authority, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority and the Judiciary all have web-based solutions for most, if not all, of their services. Legal research…

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