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About the Public Trustee


The Public Trustee of Singapore was established in the early 20th century to provide trustee services for the general public. A brief description of the many services offered by the Public Trustee is set out below.

Administration of Deceased’s CPF Monies / Small Estates

The Public Trustee administers the CPF monies and small Estates of deceased persons in accordance with the Intestate Succession Act (Chapter 146) for non-Muslims and the Administration of Muslim Law Act (Chapter 3) for Muslims.  In this role, the Public Trustee helps to distribute the un-nominated CPF monies and Estate of a deceased person to his/her legal be 05B4 neficiaries. If the beneficiary is a minor, the Public Trustee will hold his/her share of the CPF monies and small Estate until he/she reaches the age of majority.

Administration of Motor Accident Compensation Monies

The Public Trustee ensures that out-of-court settlements of compensation made to motor accident victims are adequate and the solicitor-and-client’s fees charged to the motor accident victims are reasonable. The compensation monies will be paid to the Public Trustee. The Public Trustee will distribute the monies to both the motor accident victims and the solicitors. If a victim is below 21 years old, the Public Trustee will hold the compensation in trust for the minor until he/she reaches the age of majority, unless a court order appoints another person to hold the compensation monies in trust for the minor. 

Maintenance of Wills Registry

The Public Trustee maintains a confidential Wills Registry which stores information regarding the location where the Will is kept. In this role, the Public Trustee maintains an electronic database on the Wills information and ensures that only selected persons (e.g. solicitors and next-of-kin of a deceased Testator) can make a search for inform 05B4 ation relating to the location of a Will belonging to an individual. 

Last updated on 29 Nov 2012