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Post Death Matters
Check for any outstanding debts, such as credit-card bills. For bills where payment is made automatically via GIRO, inform the companies to cancel the GIRO.
Where appropriate, contact the deceased person’s landlord, cancel utilities such as electricity and telephone connections, and other items such as safety deposit boxes etc. Give the post office a forwarding address for the deceased person’s mail.
An estate duty is payable on the value of a deceased person’s net assets above a specified threshold amount. More information on estate duties is available here.
You can also contact:
Tel: 6351 3126
- Administer the assets of the deceased (for example bank and other financial institutions deposits, undrawn salaries, CPF savings and New Singapore Shares).
- Sell or transfer shares held by the deceased person in Singapore-listed companies.
- Transfer any vehicle belonging to the deceased to the beneficiary.
- Ascertain the validity of claimants’ entitlement as beneficiaries and the relationship between the claimants and the deceased person.
- Hold the minor’s share in trust until the beneficiary reaches age of maturity and may make monthly payments for the minor’s maintenance and education.
- Public Assistance (PA) Scheme/Special Grant (SG)
- Home Ownership Plus Education Scheme (HOPE)
- Rent and Utilities Assistance Scheme (RUAS)
- Interim Financial Assistance Scheme (IFAS)
- Student Care Fee Assistance (SCFA)
- Centre-based Financial Assistance Scheme for Child Care (CFAC)
- Work Assistance Programme (WAP)
- Kindergarten Financial Assistance Scheme (KiFAS)
The Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) allows employees who have sustained injuries in a work-related accident or
contracted an occupational disease to claim work injury compensation. Dependants of employees who died in a work-
related accident are also eligible for compensation.
More information on the work injury compensation act (WICA) is available here.
If the deceased person leaves behind a child below the age of 21, family and friends may wish to adopt the child and give him or her a new home. Adopting a child is not just a legal process. It involves much thought and emotion as well.
More information on child adoption is available here.
Coping with the death of a loved one or close friend is painful and may be difficult. You can seek the professional advice and support from your nearest Family Service Centres (FSCs). The FSCs are your neighbourhood-based focal points of family resources which everyone can turn to on any family-related matters. They are around to promote the well-being of families and individuals.
More information on Family Service Centre is available here.
Please call the Helpline, which operates in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil to contact your nearest FSC.
You may also wish to seek professional counselling from the following voluntary welfare organizations.
Helpline: 1800 221 4444 (24-hr toll-free line)
SOS provides a 24-hour crisis line service, which gives emotional support to people who are troubled. All calls to SOS are kept in strict confidentiality.
Hotline: 1800 353 5800 (10am to 10pm daily)
Care Corner Counselling Centre provides counselling services to the Mandarin-speaking population, allowing them to share their problems in total anonymity and strict confidentiality.