Lawyer Kwa Kim Li: I did not prepare LKY’s last will

Lawyer Kwa Kim Li

The question of who prepared the last will of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew took a new turn late on Friday night (16 June) when lawyer Kwa Kim Li denied that she had a role in it.

Ms Kwa, who is the managing partner of the law firm Lee & Lee had prepared the previous 6 wills of the late Mr Lee, who passed away on 23rd March 2015.

“I did not prepare the last will”, Ms Kwa reportedly told the Straits Times on Friday night (16 June) and declined to comment further.

Ms Kwa’s statement contradicts an earlier statement made by her cousin Mr Lee Hsien Yang, who was responding on Facebook to a post by his elder brother PM Lee Hsien Loong, which suggested that the late Mr Lee’s last will (7th will with the demolition clause) was “made in troubling circumstances”.

In Mr Lee’s Facebook response to PM Lee’s suggestion, he had said:

Stamford Law did not draft any will for LKY. The will was drafted by Kwa Kim Li of Lee & Lee.

Paragraph 7 of the Will was drafted at LKY’s direction, and put into language by Lee Suet Fern his daughter in law and when he was satisfied he asked Kim Li to insert it into his will.

On LKY’s express instructions in writing, two lawyers from Stamford Law were called upon to witness his signing of the will.

The Estate of LKY instructed Stamford Law to extract probate. Ng Joo Khin’s role in that was to read the will to the beneficiaries.

Mr Lee’s wife, Ms Lee Suet Fern was the Managing Partner of Stanford Law, now known as Morgan Lewis Stanford LLC while Ms Kwa Kim Li is the niece of the late Mr Lee’s wife, the late Mdm Kwa Geok Choo, who passed away on 2nd October 2010.

 

 

 

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28 Responses to “Lawyer Kwa Kim Li: I did not prepare LKY’s last will”

  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    How about this?

    LKY actually prepared the last will using a soft copy of the first 6 wills. (LKY knows how to use a PC. He used one to write his books.) He asked Lee Suet Fern to help draft Para 7 and when he was satisfied asked Kim Li to insert into the 7th will he drafted. He also gave written instructions to have two lawyers from Stamford Law to witness the signing.

    So Kim Li is right when she said she did not prepare the will. LSY is also right when he said Stamford Law did not prepare the last will.

    What is needed are the first 6 wills to see what changed in the 7th (final) will? The demolition clause might be the only change. That is why LKY initialed it to indicate this was the only amendment. Also where is the written instruction from LKY asking two lawyers from Stamford to witness his signing of the will?

    LSY most likely knows who prepared the final will but is not saying. (Not likely LHL knows the details on how the last will was prepared.) LSY is “playing poker” with LHL. Only making additional disclosures as and when required to contradict his brother.

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  • LIONS:

    as usual,veLEE CON-fusing?!

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  • rukidding:

    How “petty” and “Cunning” and “selfish” can one get ….. ?

    Does his “Interest”…”Holds more interest above the Country’s Interest” ?

    I guess the 70% “thinks” so .

    Congratulations to the 70 %….for making a “smart choice” !

    ……….all this shit…over a “demolition clause” ????

    ………..all these shit…over an intention to “heritage” a place ?

    I guess this place is a “Gonna” liow …..full of “Crooks” !!!

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  • Ah Peng Kia:

    LSY and LWL have already clarified, and produced email evidence to say the last will was actually the first will. Yes, Kwa Kim Li did not prepare the last will, it didn’t need preparation. It only needed the insertion of the demolition clause, which was worded by LKY with LSF’s assistance. That clause was then given to Kwa to insert into the will. Kwa did not prepare it, she merely inserted the additional clause, this does not require any preparation on her part.

    Lee & Lee is beholden to the PAP government. They do most, if not all of the HDB conveyancing work (courtesy of LKY, in the past). That, alone, is a huge pot of gold. They are not going to kill the goose that lays their golden eggs.

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  • 亜季爸爸:

    My opinion on who prepared the last will is not an important point. What mattered is, the person who signed the last will, was not the common man in the street. He was the well known top lawyer, Lee Kuan Yew. Is it that easy to deceive him? On top of it, the will was signed in the presence of lawyers, nation leader and country top officials. May I pose this question to PM Lee: Were you sleeping during the execution of the will? You only expressed uneasy feeling towards the last will at a later stage, and you said you wanted to settle among your siblings, did you initiate any talk? Unless, these are made clear, we see the PM’s evils.

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  • spinster:

    @LIONS

    hahaha,better not “maLEE” into Familee or get bullee?

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    Who prepared the last will is still important/useful because this person can say whether LKY was mentally impaired when it was prepared. This would clear up the issue raised by LHL regarding the preparation of the last will.

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  • 154 ranked ST survey:

    ST reported that of 100 people surveyed 80 had said that the Lee family feud should be settled in private and not aired openly! But now that all sorts of accusations by the two younger Lees on LHL abusing power, and allegations about his wife and succession plan for their son, and these have been widely reported internationally , it is imperative that the G clears its name otherwise the nation’s reputation as a clean and no nonsense country will be tarnished.. It is a bit puzzling now that the country is facing more pressing problems- poor economy, retrenchments, immigration, terrorism threats, but we now learn that 4 heavy weight million dollars paid , world’s highest paid ministers are in the committee to address options on the Oxley house issue! Many wondered where is the urgency placed, the economy n the nation’s survival or the Lee family saga is more important? These 4 heavy weight ministers could have been more urgently tasked to address the economy issue, don’t you think so?
    Once again, now that accusations have been made public on LHL and reported worldwide, the G must do the necessary to clear its name and not simply forget about it altogether! Several PAP leaders, LKY, GCT, had said that if any minister is accused of any wrong doing, he must make it a point to clear his name in court otherwise he needs to leave ! Many are eager to see how this saga is resolved and many are wondering all those accusations are true if there are no attempts to get to the bottom of things? How the world will think and assess SG if nothing is done to find out whether the allegations are false!

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  • Remember Clinton:

    How she define “prepare” in that situation?

    When talking to lawyers, every key word must be clarified, more so those who ‘practise’ this dark art for so many years.

    “I’ve never broken a (USA) state law,” he said at a candidates’ forum. “But when I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale it, and never tried it again.”

    “Clinton can answer an even harder one: When is fooling around on your wife permissible under the Ten Commandments?

    He told me, the trooper recalled in the American Spectator, that he had researched the subject in the Bible and oral sex was not adultery.”

    http://time.com/4711887/bill-clinton-didnt-inhale-marijuana-anniversary/

    http://edition.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1998/01/26/time/kirn.html

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  • N.Jungne:

    Call a re-election, no confidence in PAP anymore.

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  • rukidding:

    How “LOW” can you go ?

    Agree to settle when his “terms of agreement” was 50% Estate value and another 50% to Charity .

    Transaction done , Take $$$$..and safely keep into pocket now…BUT “turns” around using “under hand method” to “try take back control of land , using Cheng Hu Law ” ???

    How “steady” and “Upright” and “Trustworthy” this person is ? Hmmmm ?

    Now after a) Take $$$$ and safely keep into Pocket ,..b) “Pick Jiat” lobang by siblings thru facebook,…says he has “uneasy feelings about will” ?

    Wah Piang ?

    Was it “beh song” about $$$$( not enuff )( who is the valuation agent )?

    or

    Was there an “intend” to “screw from behind” ?

    Does this “Almighty man” , not understand that a done deal is a done deal ?

    Does this Man not know that a “Personal dispute” is a “Personal dispute” between two parties and “resolving” it thru Court ..ie,..if you still not happy….but “BUILT YOUR CASE STORY , Clearly” ?

    How come One Minute …”use other under hand Organs” and Committee to “screw” and “whack” from behind instead of simply “appealing to court” ( as a private case ) ?

    One minute this,…Next minute ( after Pick jiat lobang about a Committee )…then “change story” about “suspect WILL altred issue” ???

    I am surprise how such an “Intelligent and a man with so much “tools” in his hand….can a) Accept a settlement Offer ..then b) play the “underhand”?…then c) says he all along suspect the will got problem ?

    I am sure,..if a Layman will to go to Court and today says OK, I will settle if this amount was met…tomorrow SAY or DO another thing,…next day , SAY another STORY…..the Judge would definitely “fiack you” and “Make sure” you “loose the Case” !!!

    The most important issue to note is ”

    This Saga is not about $$$$ issue

    This Saga is not about a “demolition” disagreement issue.

    Instead, this Saga “reveals” the Character and Integrity of many Persons

    Hope most of the 70% can be “awoken” !

    Failure to do so,…your next lunch might be stolen …or you may find yourself “picking Cardboards”…or driving Taxis.

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  • Bobo:

    Why no cctv or video recording during the last will prepared? Or there was one, but being hijacked? Now, even lawyers arguement must be proven by vitual facts. After the ding-dong of the stories. people now understand that there were two serious messages. One being the personality highlight of LHL and his wife while LHY had already made his position cleared that he is not interested in politics. However, he did not mention whether it’s a permanent decision made or just to stabilize the current saga. Second message is rather scary. How could a so called “secret committee” formed? Is it legalised? We all know secret society is prohibited.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:
    How about this?

    LKY actually prepared the last will using a soft copy of the first 6 wills. (LKY knows how to use a PC. He used one to write his books.) He asked Lee Suet Fern to help draft Para 7 and when he was satisfied asked Kim Li to insert into the 7th will he drafted. He also gave written instructions to have two lawyers from Stamford Law to witness the signing.

    So Kim Li is right when she said she did not prepare the will. LSY is also right when he said Stamford Law did not prepare the last will.

    What is needed are the first 6 wills to see what changed in the 7th (final) will? The demolition clause might be the only change. That is why LKY initialed it to indicate this was the only amendment. Also where is the written instruction from LKY asking two lawyers from Stamford to witness his signing of the will?

    LSY most likely knows who prepared the final will but is not saying. (Not likely LHL knows the details on how the last will was prepared.) LSY is “playing poker” with LHL. Only making additional disclosures as and when required to contradict his brother.

    According to Yang…the amendment was witness by Fern’s law firm and kwa was instructed by LKY to fill in the amendment….the choice is hers to admit or deny…its a case of you say she say and I say BUT who say is DEAD and can no longer Lie

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  • LOL:

    LKY was a lawyer. He may be anything but not stupid. If the only change to the final will is the para on the demolition. HE would have gleaned over it ? He initialed against his para. it. Anyone brave enough when He was alive to try and slip in something against his wish/instruction ? Nice try to portray a senile or asinine LKY being played.

    It is irrelevant who prepared the Will. It is who signed it out of a sound mind. The signer was a trained Cambridge First lawyer whose intellect and astuteness had never been doubted even by his opponents and global leaders.

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  • billyma:

    Lhl & his gangs are treating lky as a stupid, senile, idiot & uneducated fool who doesn’t know what he was doing when he signed hus own will that gave away his everything.

    This alone made arguments by lhl & his cronies sound silly.

    Lhl is now telling Singaporeans that lthe great & might lky who put his d**honourable son where he is today can’t even do a proper job when signing away $hundreds of million of his own.
    Then it may well be time to investigate what other stupid things that lky signed away during his reign on power.
    Heck if lky can foolish signed away his own $money then it’s possible he squandered the country money too.
    This is very serious indeed.

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  • billyma:

    Old man keeps changing his last will because he doesn’t like that lwl wants to give away her money after she passed.
    Lky in life as in dying can never agrees to part with a single cent to anybody outside his family.
    This greed is what bought him not just absolute power & authority but tremendous wealth as well.

    So it’s irony that this greed of wanting to keep every single within his family is now the root cause of splitting up the same family that he wants to protect.
    Is this pure foolishness or retribution?
    You go figure out

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  • Laniaz:

    This erratic behavior points to one thing. Mental alertness. All these years when he was in government or outside ,we have all been duped into believing that he was alert.
    Anybody remember any strange incidents or government decrees

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  • The Greedy Evil Son:

    Ah Peng Kia:
    LSY and LWL have already clarified, and produced email evidence to say the last will was actually the first will. Yes, Kwa Kim Li did not prepare the last will, it didn’t need preparation. It only needed the insertion of the demolition clause, which was worded by LKY with LSF’s assistance. That clause was then given to Kwa to insert into the will. Kwa did not prepare it, she merely inserted the additional clause, this does not require any preparation on her part.

    Lee & Lee is beholden to the PAP government. They do most, if not all of the HDB conveyancing work (courtesy of LKY, in the past). That, alone, is a huge pot of gold. They are not going to kill the goose that lays their golden eggs.

    Precisely, technically the last will is the same as the first except for section 7, which was clearly explained.
    As usual nothing new from PAP tactics and selective presentation, to frame the issue to discredit LHY. Kwa is not wrong to say she did not prepare the last will. But what she didn’t say is that the last will did not need any preparation as it was taken from the first, except section 7. This is how sly and dubious the PAP and cronies have become.

    Pinky is all out to create doubts and obfuscate the issue to hide his dishonorable intention to milk his father’s legacy.
    Old man already sensed it and made preparations.

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  • The Evil Greedy Son:

    rukidding:
    How “LOW” can you go ?

    Agree to settle when his “terms of agreement” was 50% Estate value and another 50% to Charity .

    Transaction done , Take $$$$..and safely keep into pocket now…BUT “turns” around using “under hand method” to “try take back control of land , using Cheng Hu Law ” ???

    How “steady” and “Upright” and “Trustworthy” this person is ? Hmmmm ?

    Now after a) Take $$$$ and safely keep into Pocket ,..b) “Pick Jiat” lobang by siblings thru facebook,…says he has “uneasy feelings about will” ?

    Wah Piang ?

    Was it “beh song” about $$$$( not enuff )( who is the valuation agent )?

    or

    Was there an “intend” to “screw from behind” ?

    Does this “Almighty man” , not understand that a done deal is a done deal ?

    Does this Man not know that a “Personal dispute” is a “Personal dispute” between two parties and “resolving” it thru Court ..ie,..if you still not happy….but “BUILT YOUR CASE STORY , Clearly” ?

    How come One Minute …”use other under hand Organs” and Committee to “screw” and “whack” from behind instead of simply “appealing to court” ( as a private case ) ?

    One minute this,…Next minute ( after Pick jiat lobang about a Committee )…then “change story” about “suspect WILL altred issue” ???

    I am surprise how such an “Intelligent and a man with so much “tools” in his hand….can a) Accept a settlement Offer ..then b) play the “underhand”?…then c) says he all along suspect the will got problem ?

    I am sure,..if a Layman will to go to Court and today says OK, I will settle if this amount was met…tomorrow SAY or DO another thing,…next day , SAY another STORY…..the Judge would definitely “fiack you” and “Make sure” you “loose the Case” !!!

    The most important issue to note is ”

    This Saga is not about $$$$ issue

    This Saga is not about a “demolition” disagreement issue.

    Instead, this Saga “reveals” the Character and Integrity of many Persons

    Hope most of the 70% can be “awoken” !

    Failure to do so,…your next lunch might be stolen …or you may find yourself “picking Cardboards”…or driving Taxis.

    To any Cambridge double first, such underhand job is chicken feet. The only difference is whether the person has any morality to put off such dirty tricks.

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  • Semantics:

    Remember Clinton: How she define “prepare” in that situation?

    Reminds me of Clinton saying, “Define is”.

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  • One more thing:

    Amos humiliate L*L and PAP: That is why LKY initialed it to indicate this was the only amendment.

    Not just that. The far sighted LKY made sure that paragraph is the ONLY one available for public eyes. We need not know how many millions have been stashed away in the family coffers, but he wants us to know the house MUST be demolished.

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  • Remember Clinton:

    The definition of “is” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS-cip2brsg

    Semantics: Clinton saying, “Define is”

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  • Kettle and Pots Rae Both Black:

    KKL denied that she did not draft the 7th or the last will of LKY.

    Well, on the surface this is true that the so called 7th or the last will of LKY was technically not drafted by her or for that matter by Lee & Lee.

    Only the 1st to 6th wills were done by her or Lee & Lee but as LHY has said that the last will (7th will) was in fact the same as as the 1st will ( LKY reverted back his last will to the 1st will) except the gift-over was left out. If this being the case then IT IS CORRECT THAT the last will was in fact drafted by her

    So in short, LKY 1st will = his 7th will – gift over clauses.
    Tio boh unless I am missing something here????

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  • Say who is significant.:

    Degree of defamation varies with who slander. The more the piblic ‘Status’, the closer the slanderer to the defamed, the more the damage to the integrity of the defamed. LHL & LWL aresiblings of the same parents of LHL. Their accusation are significant and would universally accepted to have more credibility than a common citizen with no proven records of public trust and responsibilty and often speculates when driven to desperation of lack of info despite of his continued effort requesting for it like the CPF saga. In fact such innocent speculation is generally treated as such. Direct accusation with story behind it is heavy weight and no amount of facebook rebuytal os going to wipe away the effect on the integrity and character infdrences without solid evidence. The past political defamation suit im Court also gave the public no clue of the extent of truth or untruth in the defamation. After the recent ‘Lee Dynasty’as is now generally referred to the feud of the Lee siblings and their spouses and now extended to LKY grandsons and reflecting the past politician defamation cases plus GCT’s demand that ministers must seek Court deliberation when anyone of them is inbolved in a slanderous situation or tendering his her resignation, one can understand LHL’s fear of his and his family safety that he publicly asserted that should he leave his heartland it is due to his brother. Such strong words give indelible impression of what he and LWL jointed statement upload to their Facebook.

    LHL announcement of washing the family dirty linen into Parliament is not only a disrecpect to the honour, integrity and sanctity of the Parliament where national policies are deliberated and decided. LHL is going to use it for his family feud clarification just substantiate his siblings’claim of abuse of power. What would be proper would be admitting the motion to deliberate on the abuse of power and the Implication of doubts on the independence of public institutions wrt to fear of citizen LHY and no family matter should be admittef partivularly on the last will and the demand of the late PM.

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  • Who is lying?:

    Wow so many new info on Lee Dynasty Saga. So many versions from so many extended members of the Dynasty. Who is lying? Seems to be more than one as there is legally one truth on the same matter.

    Wow Wikileak must retreat to second place.

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  • Anon:

    @Remember Clinton:

    Indeed, words like IS/IS NOT, DID/DID NOT etc., derive from Aristotelian Logic which assumes the Principle of Non-contradiction’. But this Logic has been shown to be ultimately limited. Words, terms and categories are ultimately not unequivocal. When stretched to its limits as many like Russell showed, Paradox ensues.

    So did/did not prepare is always subjected to a residual ambiguity.

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  • Jimmy:

    all wills drafted by you except that the 7th will had extra demolition clause, so how can it be said that you din draft the will?

    also why is Lee n Lee still monopolising the HDB conveyancing???

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  • Jimmy:

    Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:
    How about this?

    LKY actually prepared the last will using a soft copy of the first 6 wills. (LKY knows how to use a PC. He used one to write his books.) He asked Lee Suet Fern to help draft Para 7 and when he was satisfied asked Kim Li to insert into the 7th will he drafted. He also gave written instructions to have two lawyers from Stamford Law to witness the signing.

    So Kim Li is right when she said she did not prepare the will. LSY is also right when he said Stamford Law did not prepare the last will.

    What is needed are the first 6 wills to see what changed in the 7th (final) will? The demolition clause might be the only change. That is why LKY initialed it to indicate this was the only amendment. Also where is the written instruction from LKY asking two lawyers from Stamford to witness his signing of the will?

    LSY most likely knows who prepared the final will but is not saying. (Not likely LHL knows the details on how the last will was prepared.) LSY is “playing poker” with LHL. Only making additional disclosures as and when required to contradict his brother.

    Therefore it was LKY himself who drafted the last will…….. Period
    Will Pundek minister now claim that deceased cannot, by law, draft their own will………….. I hv done it and my lawyer witnessed it with his secretary din object to the legality……….. this lawyer is senior to Shanmu and knows him well

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