Timeline: Making and execution of Lee Kuan Yew's will

June 16, 2017

Here is a timeline of the events, reported in The Straits Times, surrounding the making of the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's wills and the execution of his last will, which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described in a statement issued by his lawyers on Thursday night (June 15), giving an edited summary of what he told a ministerial committee.

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  • Aug 20, 2011

    Aug 20, 2011

    Lee Kuan Yew's first will, first of six other versions, is made. It is prepared by Ms Kwa Kim Li, a cousin of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a lawyer at Lee & Lee. In it, all three children are given equal shares of the estate. The first will also contains a clause stating the late Lee's wish for the house at 38, Oxley Road to be demolished immediately after his death or as soon as his daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, had moved out.
  • Nov 2, 2012

    Nov 2, 2012

    Lee's sixth will is made by Ms Kwa. The demolition clause inserted into the first four versions is not included. Dr Lee is given an extra share of the estate, relative to her brothers.
  • Dec 16, 2013

    Dec 16, 2013

    Lee Suet Fern, Lee Hsien Yang's wife, e-mails Mr Lee at 7.08pm with a draft of the last will, which she tells him ensures that all three children receive equal shares. This version includes the demolition clause. She asks Ms Kwa to engross the document.
  • 23 minutes later...

    23 minutes later...

    At 7.31pm, Lee Hsien Yang e-mails his father saying he cannot get in touch with Ms Kwa and believes she is away. He suggests it is unwise to wait for her to return and that Mr Lee should proceed to sign the will. He says his wife "can get one of her partners to come round with an engrossed copy of the will to execute and witness".
  • At 8.12pm

    At 8.12pm

    Lee Suet Fern e-mails Lee's private secretary, Wong Lin Hoe, saying her colleague Bernard Lui had the last will ready for execution.
  • At 9.42pm

    At 9.42pm

    Mr Lee replies to Lee Hsien Yang and agrees to sign the new will without waiting for Ms Kwa.
  • Dec 17, 2013

    Dec 17, 2013

    Two lawyers from Stamford Law Corporation - Mr Lui and Ms Elizabeth Kong - arrive at 38 Oxley Road at 11.05am for Mr Lee to sign his will. They leave at 11.20am.
  • March 23, 2015

    March 23, 2015

    Mr Lee dies.
  • April 12, 2015

    April 12, 2015

    Mr Lee's last will is read to the family by Mr Ng Joo Khin, another lawyer from the firm of Mrs Lee Suet Fern. She said Mr Lee had asked her to prepare the last will, but as she did not want to get personally involved, she had asked Mr Ng to handle it.
  • A dispute arises between Lee Hsien Yang and PM Lee over the immediate demolition of the house at 38, Oxley Road, but is ended when Dr Lee says she wants to continue living there.
  • June 2015

    June 2015

    Copies of the six wills preceding the last will are provided to the family by Ms Kwa.
  • Late 2015

    Late 2015

    PM Lee and his siblings reach an agreement in which he transfers the house to his brother at market value, on the condition that the two of them each donate half the value of the house to charity.
  • In an earlier proposal, PM Lee had offered to transfer the house to his sister for $1, but a resolution was not reached.
  • PM Lee donated to charity another sum equivalent to half of the value of the house. The Oxley Road house now wholly belongs to Lee Hsien Yang.
  • The three siblings issue a joint statement about the donation and their hope that the Government will allow the house to be demolished, in line with their father's wish.

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