Article Ex-wife told to return $575k in CPF money

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K.C. Vijayan Senior Law Correspondent (mailto:vijayan@sph.com.sg)

A Singapore woman who received more than $575,000 from the Central Provident Fund (CPF) belonging to her late former husband has been ordered by the court to return the money after it ruled that his second marriage had cancelled out her status as his nominee.

But in a rare twist involving CPF monies, the High Court also ruled that the second wife - a Filipina living in Canada - was ineligible to receive the money as she no longer practised the Islamic faith, based on Islamic legal advice.

The court instead ordered the first wife to pay the full sum of $575,735 to the administrator of the dead man's estate for distribution based on Islamic law.

In the High Court order filed last month, Justice Andrew Ang also ordered the law firm acting for the first wife - Madam Mamuah Naim - to return the legal fees she paid to it from the CPF money.

Mr Samsudin Mohamed had nominated her as his beneficiary in 1985 but the couple, who had no children, divorced in June 1989.

He married Ms Leonisa Acha Vallecera in Toronto 13 years later and they had a son. Mr Samsudin died in December 2015 and his sister in Singapore - Madam Hamidah Hanif - was tasked to administer his estate.

But two weeks after his death, Madam Mamuah was notified by the CPF of her nomination and, in late January 2016, she applied and withdrew the money from the CPF. By March 2016, there was just $117 left.
 

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From what I know... If you have any nominations to your first spouse, after your first divorce, the beneficiary still stands, unless you re-nominate again. The nominations will ONLY be considered NULLED and reset, the moment you re-married again, and you will have to do your nominations again.
 
Anyone who knows more about this can weigh in also

One of the comments:

From what I know... If you have any nominations to your first spouse, after your first divorce, the beneficiary still stands, unless you re-nominate again. The nominations will ONLY be considered NULLED and reset, the moment you re-married again, and you will have to do your nominations again.
Yes...marriage voids your CPF nomination but divorce doesn't.

For those with kids...look up Intestate Succession Act....Wills and Trusts.
 
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