PKWA Law Practice LLC is consistently named by respected legal publications such as Asian Legal Business, Singapore Business Review, Global Law Experts and Doyle's Guide as a leading family law firm.
Our philosophy is simple – to help you resolve your family dispute amicably, quickly, and within reasonable fees.
If your divorce is friendly and uncontested, our fees are from only $1,500 to $2,900. For contested divorces, we offer fixed fees so that you know up front exactly what your costs will be.
From our client testimonials, you can see that our family lawyers are known to be friendly and approachable, highly skilled and professional. Once we have answered your family law questions, we will talk about your situation and how we can help you.
Doyles Guide of Leading Singapore Family & Divorce Law Firms 2016 – PKWA Law is ranked as a Leading Family Law Firm. Lim Chong Boon and Dorothy Tan are also ranked as Leading Family and Divorce Lawyers in Singapore.
ACQ Global Award 2016 – PKWA LAW is awarded “Family Law Firm of the Year 2016.”
PKWA Law is nominated as one of the Best Family Law Firms by Asian Legal Business at SE Asia Law Awards 2016.
2016 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: Family Law Firm of the Year in Singapore 2016.
PKWA Law is a recommended divorce and family law firm in the Doyles Guide for Singapore Family & Divorce 2015.
Chong Boon is a recommended leading "Civil and Family Lawyer" - Global Law Experts 2015 Edition.
Chong Boon is a recommended leading lawyer in the area of “Civil and Family Law” by ACQ Law Awards 2014
WHY CHOOSE US
Mr Lim Chong Boon
PKWA Family Law Team wins landmark case at Court of Appeal on new Singapore law for division of assets
1. SOLID REPUTATION
PKWA Law is an established full service Singaporean law firm with 30 years of solid reputation and more than 100 employees. We are conveniently located at HBD Hub.
PKWA Law was recently ranked as one of Singapore’s top SME companies in 2016 in the “30th Singapore 1000 / SME 1000 Awards”. The winners were selected, after a one year stringent screening process, by DP Information Group, Ernst & Young and government agencies IE Singapore, SPRING Singapore, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA), Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and the Singapore Business Federation.
PKWA Law’s clients include DBS, UOB, OCBC, Maybank, StanChart, HSBC and CPF Board.
We are also proud to represent many hard working Singaporean families and PRs in their real estate, banking, investment and family matters.
We are a law firm trusted by many.
2. RANKED AS A TOP FAMILY LAW FIRM
PKWA Family Lawyers are consistently ranked by respected publications such as Asian Legal Business, Singapore Business Review, Global Law Experts and Doyle's Guide as leading family lawyers.
We have received awards and accolades such as:
Deputy Head Dorothy Tan is named as one of Asia's top young lawyers by Asian Legal Business 2016.
PKWA’s family lawyers Dorothy Tan and Low Jin Liang listed among Singapore’s “Most Influential Lawyers Under 40” by Singapore Business Review 2016.
3. AFFORDABLE FIXED DIVORCE FEES
We offer low cost solutions if your divorce is friendly and uncontested. Our fixed fees for uncontested divorces are from $1,500 to $2,900 (inclusive of all disbursements and meetings with our lawyer). Read more about our fixed divorce fees here.
If your divorce is contested, we offer fixed fees so that you know up front exactly what your fees will be. We do not charge you beyond your fixed fees.
4. OUTSTANDING CLIENT REVIEWS
We have consistently received good reviews from our clients for achieving positive outcomes for them and for being compassionate.
As a result of our focus on quality, empathy and results, we get a lot of referrals from satisfied former clients. Some of our clients’ reviews are here.
5. SINGAPORE DIVORCE SPECIALISTS
Our divorce lawyers specialise exclusively in family law.
One of the advantages of using divorce specialists is that we often obtain successful outcomes because of our expertise. Our divorce lawyers enjoy an outstanding reputation for expertise, compassion and success, all the while charging very reasonable fee rates.
6. OUR RECORD
Our family lawyers have consistently achieved positive outcomes either through litigation or settlements. Recently, our team led by Deputy Head Dorothy Tan won a significant and landmark case at the Court of Appeal for the husband (Twiss, Christopher James Hans v Twiss, Yvonne Prendergast  SGCA 52). This is a landmark case because the Court of Appeal reaffirmed and summarised the new Singapore law on division of assets. You can read the case here.
7. FOCUS ON RESOLUTION
We strongly encourage a constructive and conciliatory approach to the resolution of family disputes. We take a practical, cost-conscious approach to help you to settle your case quickly, amicably and fairly. Divorce does not have to be destructive. Our lawyers will assist you to increase the chances of settlement and result in solutions which help you to move on without further damage to your health and family relationships.
8. ONE STOP SERVICE
After the divorce is obtained, we are able to continue to work with you to transfer or sell your matrimonial property. This is because our divorce lawyers are supported by a strong team of property and conveyancing lawyers, and we are on the panel of all the banks and CPF Board.
DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW HEAD
Our experienced and dedicated team of family lawyers is led by:
Lim Chong Boon
Head of PKWA Family Law and Probate Department
Tel: +65 6854-5336
Lim Chong Boon is an experienced matrimonial and divorce lawyer in Singapore with more than 25 years’ litigation experience.
Chong Boon started his practice at Allen & Gledhill, where he had the privilege of working directly under some of Singapore's best lawyers.
He now has more than 25 years of experience in the Singapore courts. Chong Boon's areas of practice include family and divorce law, probate, commercial litigation, company law, construction litigation, corporate debt recovery, directors and shareholders' disputes, employment law, intellectual property, immigration matters, insolvency, landlord and tenant disputes, and property disputes. He has been involved in several high profile cases involving very substantial claims.
Chong Boon is the Head of our Family Law Department, one of the largest family law practice in Singapore. He and his team of divorce lawyers have received several accolades and awards, namely:
Chong Boon is ranked by his peers as a Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer in Doyles Guide of Leading Singapore Family and Divorce Lawyers 2016.
Chong Boon is recommended by Global Law Experts 2015 edition as someone who “is valued by clients in civil and family law matters for his knowledge and experience in the law” and for being “practical and street wise.”
He is also highly recommended as a leading and reputable divorce and family lawyer by Global Law Experts as “a good listener”, able to“cut through the issues quickly”. He is known “to favour mediation over litigation in divorce matters, but will litigate aggressively in court.”
Chong Boon is regularly invited by some of Singapore's biggest companies to give talks and seminars on family law, probate and wills. For a list of the latest seminars and talks he has conducted, please click here.
Chong Boon frequently appears in the High Court, the State Court and the Family Court. Some of his reported cases include Fornet Enterprise Co Ltd vs Howell Universal Pte Ltd & others [ 2006] 2 SLR 349;  SGHC 33 and OCM Opportunities Fund II, LP and others vs PT Indah Kiat Pulp and Paper Corporation  SGHC 73.
Some of the cases he has handled in PKWA Law include:
Commercial & Civil Cases
advising the leading global operator of water services in employment matters and general corporate advice for its Asia Pacific office.
acting for a government statutory board in property disputes and to obtain possession of property from errant tenants.
acting for all 8 defendants to successfully defend a US$27 million multi cause of action claim for breach of contract, breach of agency and conspiracy to defraud. The matter reached the Court of Appeal which upheld Chong Boon's arguments.
acting for one of the largest property agency companies in Singapore in an action against some of its former employees and agents for poaching its staff and for breach of contract.
defending former students in a defamation suit brought by a well- known options trading trainer.
acting for a US listed MNC in litigation over the construction of a wafer fab plant in Singapore.
acting for DBS Bank in the recovery of credit card and housing loans.
acting for the Nominee in the successful seeking of bankruptcy protection under the Bankruptcy Act for two directors of a Singapore listed company. This allowed the directors to resolve and restructure their personal liabilities of about $51 million arising out of corporate guarantees they had executed in connection with the debts of the company.
advising a major international hotel hotel chain in their dispute against their Singapore landlord.
acting in the Singapore High Court in litigation with an international construction and engineering company over the construction of a plant. The case was one of the first in Singapore to involve electronic discovery of documents stored in servers.
Wills and Probate
representing clients in Probate matters including obtaining Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration
Chong Boon has previously served two terms in the Council of the Law Society of Singapore and has chaired and served on several sub committees of the Law Society.
Qualifications & AdmissionsLL.B Hons (Singapore), 1988
Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore), 1989
Commissioner for Oaths
Appointed by the Chief Justice to the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore for a two year term (2013 to 2015)
Re-appointed by the Chief Justice to the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore for a further two year term (2015 to 2017)
Elected as Council Member of the Law Society of Singapore (1993 to 1996)
Past committee member of Civil Practice Committee, Law Society of Singapore
Past Chairman of Sports Committee, Law Society of Singapore
Commissioner for Oaths
Appointed as Assigned lawyer with the Legal Aid Bureau, Ministry of Law
Past Tutor, Practice Law Course of the Board of Legal Education - Family Law, Civil Procedure, Insolvency and Bankruptcy
Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law
DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW TEAM
Our experienced and dedicated team of family lawyers comprises of the following:
Deputy Head of PKWA Family Law and Probate Department
Tel: +65 6854 3475
Dorothy Tan is an accomplished and much sought after divorce lawyer in Singapore. Among her many accomplishments:
She is a divorce specialist and is much sought after by both men and women for her expertise in family law. She has extensive experience in all aspects of family and divorce law. She has acted as lead counsel for clients in all areas of matrimonial law such as contentious divorces, division of matrimonial assets, disputes over child custody, and maintenance for wives and children. She continues to receive exceptional client feedback.
Dorothy regularly receives positive and glowing feedback from her clients. One client commended her for her “faith, knowledge and determination”. Another client wrote that Dorothy's “judgements and ability to steer the various proceedings were absolutely critical. I was able to give you my full trust. You have certainly made a lasting impact, one which I will not forget.”
Dorothy is well liked and respected by her peers. She has always held leadership positions, including being elected as Law Club President at the Law Faculty, National University of Singapore. She is currently the Deputy Head of our Family Law Department.
1. Dorothy was engaged by a client (the husband) to be the lead counsel in a complex and difficult case involving the division of multi-million dollar assets. The case was heard before a court of 3 Appellate Judges at Singapore's highest court, the Court of Appeal. Dorothy won the appeal and that decision has become one of the most important cases in Singapore divorce law because the Court of Appeal reaffirmed and summarized the new Singapore law on division of matrimonial assets  SGCA 52].
2. Dorothy's Court of Appeal case is now a landmark case in Singapore on division of matrimonial assets and has been subsequently cited and followed by the courts in such cases as Zhou Lijie v Wang Chengxiang  SGHC 316; TIG v TIH  SGHCF 12; TME v TMF  SGHCF 6 and THL v THM  SGHCF 11.
3. Dorothy successfully represented the mother in a bitter custody battle over her 2 children. The High Court awarded our client care and control and ordered the father to hand over the children within 7 days or face contempt action. The case took 3 years and involved over 2,000 pages of court documents.
4. Dorothy successfully represented the father and won for him care and control of the children. She also got for him a greater share of the matrimonial assets.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
"I turned to Dorothy to assist me where all others had failed. I had four previous lawyers, who either dismissed me, took easy options, or ignored the facts of my case. In desperation to seek justice, and in my hour of need, I was recommended to PKWA. Dorothy Tan LISTENED to my case, and worked tirelessly over the holidays and weekends to meet impossible deadlines. A very upsetting and stressful time but I will be forever grateful as Dorothy believed in my case and sought a fair and just resolution against insurmountable odds. At every juncture, Dorothy provided realistic, honest assessments and I proceeded based on her recommendations. If Dorothy and her team decides to champion your cause, you should consider yourself very fortunate." - CT
“I want to express my gratitude for your efforts and dedication for my case. It was quite a long and upsetting process. I am grateful to you that you took all the stress and restored everything out for me. Your faith, knowledge and determination were something that solved my worries.” – Madam ZT.
“Dorothy, a big thank you for all the support, guidance and recommendations you have given me. Your judgements and ability to steer the various proceedings were absolutely critical. I was able to give you my full trust. You have certainly made a lasting impact, one which I will not forget. Thank you.” – AJ.
Low Jin Liang
Tel: +65 6854 3283
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Low Jin Liang was named as one of "Singapore’s Most Influential Lawyers Under 40 Old" by Singapore Business Review in 2016. Jin Liang was selected from a list of almost a hundred nominees based on thought leadership, influence, and success.
Jin Liang specialises in divorce cases with complex financial issues, including division of assets. As a lawyer who previously practised corporate finance, he is well versed in financial statements, accounts and numbers in divorce financial cases.
Jin Liang graduated from King's College London (United Kingdom) with a 2nd Upper Honours degree. After he was called to the Singapore Bar, he worked as a banking and finance lawyer at one of Singapore’s largest firms. He enjoyed a successful career as a corporate lawyer. His extensive work experience includes:
1. Acting for major banks and financiers such as DBS, UOB, OCBC, Bank Central Asia, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, MG Leasing Corporation, Showa Leasing Co. Ltd and borrowers in financing and re-financing transactions for construction projects, cross border finance lease transactions and floor stock facilities.
2. Acting for YTL Power Seraya to advise and negotiate on all its ISDA documentation for FX and commodities transactions.
3. Acting for major banks, such as Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, OCBC, UOB and DBS on banking and finance transactions in Myanmar and advising on regulatory and compliance requirement under Myanmar law in relation to grant of offshore loans and grant of security in Myanmar by foreign banks.
4. Acting for the Laguna, Banyan Tree and Angsana group in the development of the largest fully-integrated resort in Vietnam and in the sale of resort units and villas for investment and residential purposes in Vietnam.
5. Acting for reputable clients on investments/joint ventures in Vietnam and Myanmar, including for Sembcorp Development in a joint venture for the development of the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in Binh Duong province of Vietnam, for Keppel Land in the development of various residential plots in Vietnam and for Mitsubishi Corporation in a US$200 million joint venture for the investment of an integrated food business in Myanmar.
Having amassed vast experience in high end banking and finance work, Jin Liang decided to fulfil his childhood dream of being a family lawyer and to help families in need. At PKWA Law, Jin Liang deals with complex divorce financial cases. He possesses a razor sharp legal and financial mind.
He is in high demand among our clients for his ability to come up with sound advice on financial issues and to argue and explain it in a clear and logical manner.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
"Dear Mr Low, You are extremely smart and superb negotiator. Thank you so much for your timely and tireless work. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to go through this dark tunnel. You earned my trust and respect. Thank you so much Mr Low." – Mr MK Thu
"Hi Mr Low, I had collected my court order today. I would like to thank you for all your professional advise and your precious time ! With your help, my case was closed happily. I really appreciated what you had done for me and my children. My children much happier. Wish you all the best. Thank you!” - Ms N
"Mr Low Jin Liang is a professional, diligent and caring lawyer, who had worked successfully on my behalf. He was patient and responded to all of my questions including some silly ones. I can really feel that he has my best interests foremost in his mind. I am grateful to you and your team who have finally relieved me of all those years of stress." - TH
Tel: +65 6854 3288
Daniel is an executive director in the Conveyancing and Property department. He has 23 years of legal experience. Daniel assists the team in property related issues arising from a divorce and complicated cases involving multi-million division of assets.
Daniel was a lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic from 1995 to 2000. He is the author of Non-Contentious Probate Practice in Singapore, a probate practice handbook for legal practitioners in Singapore.
Tel: +65 6854 3284
Su-Ying graduated from Murdoch University, Perth, Australia with a Bachelor of Laws (Distinction) and is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore.
Su-Ying handles contested and uncontested divorces, and also advises clients on separation agreements. She has decided to focus on specialising in family law because she is passionate about helping clients move on from the emotional and legal knots that a divorce brings. Her success in doing so is attributable to the boundless creative energy and enthusiasm for excellence she employs in every task she takes on.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
“Su-Ying, a big thank you for all your support. I know you’re always there at any moment to guide me through any queries I have. Not only were my files in good hands, I also knew my interests were heard. Thank you.” – AJ.
Tel: +65 6854 5331
Jessica is a graduate of Bristol University. She specialises in HDB and CPF issues in divorce cases.
She has built a strong relationship with her clients because of her humble and down to earth nature.
Jessica is mindful of the fact that divorce disputes can be financially and emotionally costly. Her goal when she obtains a brief is to discuss and negotiate a settlement without parties needing to spend time and money fighting in court.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
“I am extremely grateful to you and Jessica Chow for your help. Thank you for all your efforts to help my children and me get justice and the outcome we deserve.” – Madam G.
Tel: +65 6854 3062
Sheila is a trainee lawyer.
Sheila has a Masters of Law (LLM) from the National University of Singapore. She also has a 2nd Upper Class Honours from the University of Bristol.
As a student, Sheila volunteered as a writer at the Meet the People’s sessions at Holland - Bukit Timah GRC.
Sophie Claire Chew
Sophie is a trainee lawyer.
Sophie graduated with a First Class honours degree in Law from SOAS, University of London, UK. She was the top student in Family Law.
Sophie also has a Distinction in Classical Studies from King’s College, London.
Sophie won the prestigious Angus Ross Prize for literature in 2010. The Angus Ross Prize is awarded by the University of Cambridge International Examinations to the top A-level English literature student outside Britain.
As a student, Sophie was emcee for various public events in Singapore, including the Asian Youth Games Opening Ceremony.
Sophie is passionate about family law causes. She spent 8 years volunteering with various women’s rights groups including the UK National Centre for Domestic Violence and at Singapore charity Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) where she helped female foreign domestic workers with legal issues. Sophie also volunteered at the Singapore Committee for UN Women for 3 years.
OUR FEES FOR UNCONTESTED DIVORCE
PKWA Law fees for an uncontested divorce are simple and easy to understand.
Why Choose us for your Simple Uncontested Divorce?
UNCONTESTED DIVORCE - FIXED FEE PACKAGES
Our Fixed Fee Uncontested Divorce Packages cover:
*Our Fixed Fee Divorce Packages are subject to GST and are applicable only if you and your spouse have already agreed to a divorce and all issues regarding children, assets and maintenance before you engage us.
CONTESTED DIVORCE FEES
If your divorce is contested, we offer fixed fees so that you know up front exactly what your fees will be. You won’t get any nasty surprises in the mail at the end of each month telling you how many hours you have to pay for.
16 February 2017
"I turned to Dorothy to assist me where all others had failed. I had four previous lawyers, who either dismissed me, took easy options, or ignored the facts of my case. In desperation to seek justice, and in my hour of need, I was recommended to PKWA.
Dorothy Tan LISTENED to my case, and worked tirelessly over the holidays and weekends to meet impossible deadlines.
A very upsetting and stressful time but I will be forever grateful as Dorothy believed in my case and sought a fair and just resolution against insurmountable odds.
At every juncture, Dorothy provided realistic, honest assessments and I proceeded based on her recommendations.
If Dorothy and her team decides to champion your cause, you should consider yourself very fortunate."
16 February 2017
Note by PKWA: Dorothy Tan successfully represented Mr Twiss in the landmark Court of Appeal case of Twiss, Christopher James Hans v Twiss, Yvonne Prendergast  SGCA 52.
24 January 2017
"I was at a loss when the first lawyer firm that handled my divorce informed me on the court day itself that they gave up after 4 months of preparation. It was a huge setback and suddenly I have doubts that I will ever get the maintenance the court awarded me.
I chanced upon PKWA LAW after I had dried my tears. They seem to know their stuff well. We met about 4 times. Mr Lim and Ms Dorothy took time to listen and assured me it can be done.
We started everything all over again. Within 3 months, I got what that was deemed impossible! Knowing that with the order I can now proceed to the next step comforts us tremendously.
Thank you! Your team made a difference in our lives."
24 January 2017
11 April 2017
"Dear Mr Lim,
My sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart!
From the day one I met you, you gave me an advice professionally and clearly. Along the way, you showed your professionalism with your long experience to help me to go through my difficult times. Your advice were invaluable and made me contented. Till the end of case, you never stopped giving me advice to continue my life. I was fortunate to have met you. Thank you so much Mr Lim.
Dear Mr Low,
You are extremely smart and superb negotiator.
Thank you so much for your timely and tireless work. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to go through this dark tunnel. You earned my trust and respect. Thank you so much Mr Low."
11 April 2017
Thank you so very much for the resolving the matters quickly. I am really glad that it's over finally, at one point I thought things will never end.
I am really glad that I don't have to pay for any maintenance monthly.
Thanks again for tolerating many questions and dealing with some of my anxiety at times.
Thanks again and great job !"
"Hi Mr Low,
I had collected my court order today. I would like to thank you for all your professional advise and your precious time ! With your help, my case was closed happily. I really appreciated what you had done for me and my children. My children much happier. Wish you all the best. Thank you!”
24 January 2017
"Dear Mr Lim
I am very happy with the results. At least for now I can relax abit about my child and my future.
A very big thank you to you and your team for the excellent work!"
24 January 2017
25 November 2016
"Dear Mr Lim,
Thanks very much to you and your team for all your support and great work! You have obtained the best possible outcome for my Daughter, myself and my family. We could not ask for more.
We are truly glad. that this is behind us now and we can move on with our lives peacefully. Many thanks."
25 November 2016
"Dear Mr Lim and Dorothy,
I collected the Cert of Final Judgement today. I can't tell you how relieved I feel right now.
Thank you so much for your effort and assistance in handling my case. I recognise it has been a long, arduous few years, and I sincerely appreciate your tenacity and professionalism in the process of dealing with an irrational adversary.
I wish you all the best. Merry Christmas and Happy 2017."
15 September 2016
"Hi and good morning Chong Boon,
I had wanted to drop you and Jessica an email last night.
Thank you both for your support, advice, words of wisdom, and counselling. The initial step to divorce is not easy, scary, and fraught with uncertainties, but you have both made that journey all that much easier to bear. Things could not have turned out any better. In fact, the wife called me after we left PKWA to go for a drink and we shared a good light-hearted moment – something that we had not done for a long time.
So thank you both for all that you had done; it was more than just a divorce. You helped my wife and I find resolution, peace, confidence, happiness, and even friendship. These are things that money cannot buy and the future looks so much brighter.
Thanks also for your kind words and best wishes. I wish you and Jessica all the very best too.
15 September 2016
14 July 2016
"Dear Mr Lim, Dorothy and Su-Ying,
I just want to drop you a line to say my heartfelt thanks for everything, and directing me in the right direction.
All of you show me that genuine great lawyers exist. Many more people out there who deserve justice ought to know you.
May God bless you!
Thank you so much,"
2 July 2016
"Dear Mr Lim,
I would like to express my gratitude for your effort and dedication to my case.
Through your effective leadership and experiences, you have indeed gathered a great team of lawyers and Mr Low Jin Liang is one of them. He is a professional, diligent and caring lawyer, who have worked successfully on my behalf. He was patient and responded to all of my questions including some stupid ones. I can really feel that he has my best interests foremost in his mind.
I am grateful to you and your team who have finally relieved me of all those years of stress."
2 July 2016
20 June 2016
"Hi Jin Liang,
Hope all is well at your end.
Many thanks for your help all this while.
Great thanks for the encouragement, support and I’m glad that I’ve been granted sole custody of my children. I fought bravely at the court counselling though I was not confident as the belief is that the Court usually encourages joint custody. As I fought, I trembled. And I’m glad I had fought.
It was good that you were calm, gave me time and reason to cool down and ultimately got me the settlement I want.
Hi, Chong Boon,
I still can recall the day when I first came to see you with my brother in your office. That time, I was lost and helpless, had gone to seek legal aid, enquired with HDB, communicated with the EC developer, went to seek advice from MP. Yet, I was still lost, no direction, don’t know how to move on, where to get an answer. I was afraid of losing the EC.
The advice you gave me, the confidence in you, … I am glad that now all is sorted out with regard to the divorce and the ancillaries. I am glad I got to keep the EC.
Thanks a lot, Chong Boon.
Please take care."
"I wanted to express my gratitude for your efforts and dedication for my case. It was quite a long and upsetting process. I am grateful to you that you took all the stress and restored everything out for me. Your faith, knowledge and determination were something that solves my worries.
16 June 2016
"Dear Mr Lim, Dorothy, Su-Ying, Jane,
Just want to say thank you for all the support you have given me through this period. Your patience and tireless efforts is very much appreciated.
Mr Lim, I’m grateful to have met you at PKWA. All the faith and trust placed in you and your team has certainly not let me down. Your words of encouragement at critical points were all that I needed. The storm has finally passed.
Dorothy, a big thank you for all the support, guidance and recommendations you have given me. Your judgements and ability to steer the various proceedings were absolutely critical. I was able to give you my full trust. You have certainly made a lasting impact, one which I will not forget. Thank you.
Su-Ying, equally, a big thank you for all your support too. I know you’re always there at any moment to guide me through any queries I have and manging all the communication. Not only were my files in good hands, I also knew my interests were heard. Thank you.
Jane, thank you for always being there too. It’s very nice to see you every time I visit the office, knowing you’re also there to support me if I ever needed anything.
I’m very glad to have met you all. Wish you all the very best, and may you continue to help others."
16 June 2016
Card entitled : Thanks and a Note of appreciation
29 April 2016
"Hi Jin Liang
Thumbs up on your professionalism & client-oriented service. Your positive attitude is awesome. Explanation on the PPO process & work resulting in the estimated quote given is clear. The brief advice is helpful too.
Met other staff at PKWA, polite and helpful. Will definitely come back to PKWA for other legal matters in the future."
29 April 2016
"Dear Mr Lim
I cannot thank you enough for bringing this case to an expeditious conclusion. I was most struck by your deep empathy and genuine sincerity you showed while at the same time ensuring high standards of professionalism. I am amazed that although you must handle many such cases each day, you still manage to give it a personal touch and that had meant a lot to me. I deeply value the advice you gave me as well as the words of encouragement to keep me going.
Once again, thank you for all your help and even as I move on, I will forever be grateful to you for the difference you have made in my life."
27 January 2016
Translated from Mandarin:
"Dear Mr Lim,
My English is not very good, hence I am writing a letter to you in Chinese.
I am extremely grateful to you for your help. Thank you for all your efforts to help my children and me get justice and the outcome we deserve.
If not for all your help, my children and I would not know what to do. Amidst the practicality of society, there are very few lawyers who are willing to fight for justice and extend a helping hand to others in the private sector. Especially lawyers like yourself who put it so much effort to help my children and I obtain a PPO and the divorce.
My children, family members and I sincerely thank you for your help. This journey has not been easy.
Wishing you and your employees a Happy Chinese New Year, and that all things will go in your favour."
27 January 2016
22 October 2015
"Dear Mr Lim,
I have recently received the judgment from the Family Courts for my divorce case. Finally!! From a seemingly hopeless scenario when I first turned up at PKWA Law, it is a ruling that is truly way, way beyond what I could expect, or even dared dream! I can truly & positively testify that PKWA Law is certainly one of the best, if not the best, legal firms here and will not hesitate to highly recommend it to anybody in need.
Please allow me to express my heart-felt, sincere thanks to Ms Dorothy Tan and Mr Tan Chao Yuan. Not only has Mr Tan been working extra hard and diligently on my case, he has also shown himself to be always very professional in his work. Talking to him and Ms Dorothy during those occasions when we met in your office always left me with positive feelings and renewed confidence in how my case was being dealt with and progressing.
I feel very honoured and privileged to have pictures taken with such great yet humble professionals as Ms Dorothy Tan & Mr Tan Chao Yuan! Well Done!!
Once again, thank you for the great job done by your team in PKWA Law.
I truly am one very, very happy and satisfied client."
22 October 2015
"We always have faith that we will be well taken care of since the day we entrusted our case to you. And it has proven that we made the right decision.
Thank you very much for the hard work from you and your team."
"Just to give our feedback that Jane has been so wonderfully attentive to my mother. She's fantastic helper and very dedicated to what she's doing!
Lawyer Lim Chong Boon also went the extra mile to help us.
Thanks to you and your teams in PKWA!"
PKWA Family Law is nominated for "Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year' at Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards
April 2017 - For a second consecutive year, PKWA Law has been nominated for "Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year" at the Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2017.
Dorothy Tan is nominated for 'Young Lawyer of the Year" at Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards
April 2017 - Dorothy Tan has been shortlisted by leading and independent legal publication Asian Legal Business for "Young Lawyer of the Year'. Dorothy was selected by an independent judging panel of at least 30 senior and expert legal industry leaders.
PKWA Law ranked as one of Singapore’s top companies
13 December 2016 - We are honoured to announce that PKWA Law is ranked as one of Singapore’s top companies in the “30th Singapore 1000 / SME 1000 Awards”.
The prestigious Award is co-organised by DP Information Group and Ernst & Young and supported by government agencies such as IE Singapore, SPRING Singapore, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA) and Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and the Singapore Business Federation.
PKWA's family lawyers Dorothy Tan and Low Jin Liang recognised as Singapore’s "Most Influential Lawyers aged 40 and Under".
19 December 2016 - Two of our family lawyers have been named in Singapore Business Review’s (SBR) 2016 report on Singapore’s most influential lawyers aged 40 and under. They are Deputy Head of Family Law Dorothy Tan and Associate Director Low Jin Liang.
Dorothy and Jin Liang were selected from a list of almost a hundred nominees based on thought leadership, influence, and success. They are the only family lawyers selected by SBR.
Dorothy Tan named as one of Asia's Top Young Lawyers
October 2016 - We are pleased to announce that Deputy Head Dorothy Tan has been named among Asia’s top young lawyers in the annual Asian Legal Business list of “40 Under 40 – Asia’s Brightest Young Legal Minds.”
The list comprises of lawyers under the age of 40 who have been recognised for doing important deals, working on key disputes and other high quality work, and earning accolades from their colleagues and clients. The ALB list aims to provide a snapshot of the brightest young legal minds in Asia.
Dorothy’s inclusion in this year’s Asia’s top young lawyers list is a testament to the complex and high quality work she has been doing.
25 September 2016 - Lim Chong Boon is interviewed by Straits Times on divorce caused by different parenting styles. [read more]
20 August 2016 - Mr Lim Chong Boon is interviewed by Channel News Asia on “Rape and Marriage in Singapore” [read more].
29 July 2016 – LIM CHONG BOON and DOROTHY TAN are selected as Leading Family and Divorce Lawyers in Singapore by Doyles Guide of Leading Singapore Family Lawyer 2016. PKWA LAW is also ranked as a Leading Family Law Firm in Singapore.
2 Oct 2015
Family Law Department Deputy Head Dorothy Tan wins important and landmark Court of Appeal case on division of matrimonial assets
Decision establishes and confirms new Singapore law on division of assets
Twiss, Christopher James Hans v Twiss, Yvonne Prendergast  SGCA 52.
 SGCA 52
Court of Appeal — Civil Appeal No 22 of 2015
Chao Hick Tin JA, Judith Prakash J and Quentin Loh J 9 September 2015
Family law — Matrimonial assets — Division
2 October 2015
Family Law Department Deputy Head Dorothy Tan successfully argued and won a significant and landmark case at Singapore’s highest court, the Court of Appeal today. This is an extremely important decision because in this case, the Court of Appeal affirmed and explained its earlier revolutionary decision in ANJ v ANK on the approach the Singapore courts must take in deciding the division of matrimonial assets. All divorce cases in Singapore involving division of assets must now follow this case and ANJ vs ANK.
This is a case in which our client (the husband) had instructed us to act for him after he had lost at the lower court.
After hearing arguments, the Court of Appeal allowed our client’s appeal and agreed with Dorothy that the High Court decision was wrong and awarded our client a sum of $800,000 for division of assets. Our client’s share was increased from 0% to 25%.
The Court of Appeal said: “ In advancing her arguments, Miss (Dorothy) Tan highlighted the fact that the Judge had erred in law by applying what was generally known as the “uplift” methodology. This error consisted of taking the view that the wife’s indirect contributions should be reflected by applying an “uplift” to the share she would have been entitled to on the basis of her indirect financial contributions only. We accepted Miss Tan’s contentions on this score and we considered that the Judge had erred in that regard.”
This case is extremely important and significant because the Court of Appeal reaffirmed and clarified its recent decision in ANJ vs ANK that in determining what is a fair and equitable division of matrimonial assets, the court will follow a structured approach consisting of 3 broad steps. These 3 broad steps are:
(a) Express as a ratio the parties’ direct contributions relative to each other, having regard to the amount of financial contribution each party made towards the acquisition or improvement of the matrimonial assets;
(b) Express as a second ratio the parties’ indirect contributions relative to each other, having regard to both financial and non-financial contributions; and
(c) Derive the parties’ overall contributions relative to each other by taking an average of the two ratios above, keeping in mind that, depending on the circumstances of each case, the direct and indirect contributions may not be accorded equal weight and one of the two ratios may be accorded more significance than the other.
Family Law Head Mr Lim Chong Boon said, “ This case together with ANJ is now taken as the new law in Singapore on division of assets. After the decision in ANJ, family law practioners were trying to understand the change in law. The Court of Appeal took the opportunity in this case to explain the new law and to reaffirm it. At a recent family law seminar, this case and ANJ were cited as the new law governing the division of assets in Singapore. Deputy Head Dorothy Tan has done us all proud. Our client is also extremely happy with the outcome.”
We are highly recommended by Global Law Experts, ACQ Law Awards, Acquisition International and Doyle’s Guide as a leading and recommended divorce and family law firm.
For more information on this case, please contact Mr Lim Chong Boon at email@example.com.
PKWA LAW's Low Jin Liang successfully represents former husband to recover past maintenance payments
It is axiomatic that when a former wife remarries, she is no longer entitled to maintenance payments from her former husband.
Our team of lawyers, led by Low Jin Liang, represented the former husband. Our client had engaged us to stop the maintenance payments due to a change in circumstances.
We successfully sued the former wife to stop all future maintenance payments and to claw back past maintenance.
Family Law Head Lim Chong Boon and Deputy Head Dorothy Tan were successful in helping a mother obtain care and control of her two children in a bitterly contested legal battle spanning 3 years.
The father had argued that the mother should not have custody because she was having an affair and was not a good parent whereas he was the more loving and caring parent.
The High Court agreed and accepted our arguments that the mother is a good and nurturing mother, despite the husband’s efforts to paint her as being unfit to be a mother. The Learned Judge awarded custody of the two children to the mother and ordered the father to hand over the children to the mother within 7 days or face contempt proceedings.
The case was bitterly fought with over 2,000 pages of documents and had lasted 3 years.
LIM CHONG BOON and DOROTHY TAN successfully varies court order for maintenance
(TKQ V TKR  SGFC 19)
Family Law Head Lim Chong Boon and Deputy Head Dorothy Tan were successful in persuading the Family Court to lower the maintenance to be paid by our client to his former wife and child.
Our client had engaged us to vary downwards a previous maintenance order. In response, the ex wife filed a counter application to vary upwards her maintenance.
The Family Court District Judge agreed with our arguments and varied downwards our client’s obligation to pay maintenance. The ex wife’s application for an upwards variation was dismissed.
This was a contentious matter with the matter taking one year to conclude.
PKWA Law wins custody of child for husband and gets greater indirect contributions for him
In a divorce case, it is more common for the wife to get custodial rights (care and control) of the child.
In this case however, Family Law Deputy Head Dorothy Tan succeeded in in getting for our client (the husband) care and control of the child.
This was a case where the parties were already divorced and were fighting over the custody of the child and the division of the matrimonial assets.
The Singapore Family Court accepted our arguments that it is in the best interests of the child that care and control should go to our client (the father), and not the mother.
The Family Court further accepted our arguments that our client had played a greater role in looking after the family and awarded him a greater indirect contribution towards the assets. The end result is that our client was awarded a greater proportion of the matrimonial assets and has care and control of the child.
Our lawyers succeed in getting husband's divorce dismissed
Our team of lawyers successfully defended our client (the wife) against a divorce filed by her husband.
The husband filed for divorce on the ground that parties have been separated for 4 years. However, during the trial, we produced evidence that there had not been separation for 4 years.
Our client did not want a divorce and had wanted the marriage to work.
The Family Court accepted our arguments that our client (the wife) has successfully proven her case and dismissed the husband’s application for divorce.
WILLS & PROBATE
Protect your loves ones by making a Will. When you make a Will, you create certainty about who will inherit your estate and who should manage it.
Probate and Letters of Administration
Our team of experienced and dedicated probate lawyers, supported by a team of professional legal executives, have an extensive and varied experience in advising and obtaining Grants of Probate (where there is a will) and Letters of Administration (where there is no will).
What does a probate lawyer in Singapore do?
When a person dies, someone needs to collect all his assets and distribute them to the beneficiaries. The probate lawyer will apply to court to get you a Grant of Probate (where the person dies with a will) or Letters of Administration (where the person dies without a will) to enable the rightful person to collect the deceased’s assets and to distribute them in accordance with the will or in accordance with the Intestate Succession Act.
To put it simply, the probate lawyer’s main job is to help family members to obtain a Grant of Probate (where there is a will) or Letters of Administration (where there is no will). These are simply court orders that identifies the rightful person to collect the deceased’s assets and to distribute them. As an example, if the deceased has a bank account, the bank will need to see this court order to satisfy themselves that they are dealing with the rightful party.
Because of our vast experience, we normally are able to complete obtaining the grant of probate or letters of administration in 1 to 2 months for most cases.
Call our Family Law, Probate and Wills team at tel: 6854-5336 for any further questions.
Below you will find useful information on probate matters.
1. What happens when a person dies and leaves behind a property that belongs to him/her?
A person, known either as an 'executor' or an 'administrator', has to be appointed by the Court to take charge of the deceased person's property (collectively known as his 'estate').
If there is a will that has been made by the deceased person, it will contain details of the appointment of an 'executor' to take charge of the estate as appointed by the deceased person.
If there is no will made by the deceased person, an appointment of a person known as an 'administrator' will be appointed to take charge of the estate. This administrator is usually one of the next-of-kin of the deceased.
In order for such persons to be recognised legally as the executor or administrator of the deceased person's estate, applications have to be made for 'Probate' or 'Letters of Administration' respectively.
2. What does a 'Grant of Probate' mean?
It is a court order authorising an executor, appointed by the deceased person under his Will, to administer his estate according to the directions contained in his Will.
3. What are Letters of Administration?
It is a court order authorising a person(s) to administer the estate of the deceased person in accordance with the law.
4. Who can apply for the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration?
Grant of Probate
Only the executor(s) named in the Will of the deceased may apply for the Grant of Probate.
Letters of Administration
In the case of Letters of Administration, any of the deceased person's family members is entitled to apply to be appointed as an administrator. However, the law gives priority to certain members of the family over others, depending on the marital status of the deceased person and his/her family's composition.
For example, if the deceased person was single, his surviving parents will have the priority over his brothers and sisters to be the administrators; or if the deceased person was married with children, his spouse will have priority over the children to be the administrator.
The law also requires that at least 2 administrators be appointed where there are one or more minor beneficiaries. A 'minor beneficiary' refers to any person below 21 years of age who has a share in the estate. This is to protect the minor beneficiary's interest in the estate.
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· 2016年ACQ全球大奖 – PKWA LAW获颁发“2016年度家庭律师事务所”
· Acquisition International 2015年法律大奖“最佳家庭律师事务所”
· 2015年版《全球法律专家》 - 林崇文被极力推荐为“家庭和民事”律师
· 《道尔指南》2015年新加坡家庭与离婚法 - PKWA是备受推荐的离婚律师事务所。
· 《道尔指南》2016年领先的新加坡家庭与离婚律师 - 林崇文和DOROTHY TAN 凭借自身的专业知识和能力，被同行评为新加坡顶尖家庭和离婚律师。
· 《道尔指南》2016年领先的新加坡家庭与离婚律师事务所 – PKWA LAW被评为领先的家庭律师事务所。