After a person passes away, what will happen to his/ her assets? It depends on whether a Will is left behind by the deceased, or not. Even if a Will is left behind, the Will may not be helpful as certain assets are left unspecified.
In such a case, the Intestate Succession Act will apply. The Intestate Succession Act does not cover Muslims in Singapore.
Half-Siblings Inheritance Rights
Under Section 7 of the Intestate Succession Act, it is stated if the deceased does not leave behind any surviving spouse, children or parents, the siblings shall receive equal portions of the estate of the deceased (see rule 6).
Further guidance is provided in Section 6 of the Intestate Succession Act. A half-sibling is prioritized after a full-sibling (with the same parents) in the distribution of assets. Half-siblings inheritance rights rank above those of grandparents, uncles and aunties.
In the case that the deceased left behind a full blood sibling and a half-blood sibling, the half-blood sibling does not have rights in inheritance. In the event that only half-siblings survive the deceased, the half-siblings shall inherit the assets and they are ranked above the deceased’s grandparents, aunts and uncles in the right of succession.