Globalisation and inter-connectivity has grown to an unprecedented level. Yet, in areas of private client disputes, matrimonial law, estate and succession planning, there remains an ever present need for strong local expertise to handle and navigate the legal landscape which remains firmly unique to each legal jurisdiction.
Our Matrimonial, Wills & Probate Practice Group consists of a regional team of specialists in our respective jurisdictions, with in-depth knowledge on local laws and regulations as well as vast experience in handling cross-border matters. Our network of well-regarded professionals is qualified in a broad range of matters concerning private client issues, family law matters, and estate and succession planning.
We are well placed to provide comprehensive solutions for all family and inter-personal relationship disputes. Our Team regularly acts for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients on private wealth disputes and family law disputes. Such matters include divorces, child custody and guardianship disputes, family relocation disputes, maintenance and asset division litigation and domestic violence cases. Access to our extensive regional network of legal expertise provides our clients with an edge in cases where parties seek jurisdictional advantage in matters involving competing fora for adjudication of their disputes.
Our team of private client experts also advise and represent clients in contentious estate, probate and inheritance disputes such as challenging the validity of a will and claims in respect of the assets of a deceased. Our collective expertise encompasses the full range of estate matters which often involve complex issues with respect to testamentary capacity or mental capacity, fraud and undue influence. Our team has the requisite experience, contact network and access to qualified forensic and medical expertise required for matters involving complex fraud-related and mental capacity issues.
We understand the intricacies of familial relationships and frequently advise on succession planning and will drafting. We act in non-contentious probate and inheritance cases involving obtaining a Grant of Representation, as well as in trust and estate administration. We also assist and advise clients on other non-contentious private client and matrimonial matters such as pre/post-nuptial agreements, legacy planning and wills preparation.
Our network of regional lawyers enables our clients, access to high-quality expertise across multiple jurisdictions – an advantage which is increasingly invaluable in an age where families have familial ties and financial interests which transcend national boundaries.
We are consistently at the forefront of legal developments in each of our jurisdictions and have been involved in numerous landmark court decisions. Our practice is defined by the diligence, attention to detail, tact, sensitivity and professionalism with which we handle intricate and demanding legal challenges to obtain optimal solutions for our clients. With our network, our clients are assured of timely and well thought-out legal approaches to cases with an international dimension, even in complicated and multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Randolph KhooDeputy Managing Director, Dispute Resolution
Johnson LooDirector, Dispute Resolution
Lia AliziaManaging Partner / Intellectual Property / Employment / Banking & Finance (Litigation) / Dispute Resolution / Arbitration & Litigation / Competition Law
Yee Mei KenPartner / Dispute Resolution / Private Wealth & Family Business / Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement / Arbitration & Mediation / China Desk
Jimmy S. Y. LiewPartner / Dispute Resolution / Arbitration & Mediation / Private Wealth & Family Business
Singapore | Drew & Napier
Dispute Resolution: Litigation - Band 4 for 3 consecutive years
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020 Edition
Family and Matrimonial - Tier 3 for 2 consecutive years
Randolph Khoo – Dispute Resolution Star for 2 consecutive years
Doyle’s Guide Leading Family & Divorce Law Firms – Singapore 2020 - Second Tier
Doyle’s Guide Leading Family & Divorce Law Lawyers – Singapore 2020
Johnson Loo - Recommended
Indonesia | Makarim & Taira S.
Dispute Resolution 2021 - Highly Recommended Firm; Recommended in 2017 to 2020
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Market Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution for 3 years
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution 2020 - Tier 2; Tier 3 in 2018, and Tier 4 from 2014-2017
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Leading Individual (2016, 2018-2019)
Lia Alizia - Leading Individual (2015)
IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Restructuring and Insolvency 2020 - Tier 2 Law Firm for 7 consecutive years
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Highly Regarded Lawyer (2017-2020)
Lia Alizia - Highly Regarded Lawyer (2020); Rising Star (2019)
- “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
- “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”
- “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
- “Good teamwork.”
- “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”
- “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”
- “Fast response and very strong advisory capability.”
Malaysia | Shearn Delamore & Co.
Dispute Resolution 2020 - Band 1 for 11 consecutive years
Private Wealth Law – Band 1
Yee Mei Ken - “Leaders in their Field” in Dispute Resolution
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution - Top Tier for 11 consecutive years
Yee Mei Ken – Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years and Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Dispute Resolution 2021 - Outstanding for 6 consecutive years