Shen Kiat is the Legal Advisor of FortisWills and FortisCare, advising them in their daily operations. He is also a practicing community lawyer within the Private Client Practice Group (“PCP”) of Fortis Law Corporation.
As part of his private-client practice, Shen Kiat assists a variety of clients to plan for the present and future generations through the design and creation of trusts and other anticipatory decision-making instruments, such as but not limited to Wills (a form of testamentary trust) and Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) under the Mental Capacity Act (in his opinion, the best piece of legislation to be passed for the community in recent years). Together with the rest of his team, Shen Kiat also serves the community via the practice of trusts and probate, family, crime, real estate and personal injury and accidents law.
Occasionally, his work involves house-calls or hospital visits where sensitivity and empathy are often required. Through the sharing of lives, Shen Kiat believes that he and his clients help each other to number their days – a pre-requisite for a heart of wisdom.
Shen Kiat is also very active in pro bono work, which he sees as his way of giving back to the community in which he serves. He is passionate in defending the poor and the oppressed, particularly those who suffer injustice, but with no means of fighting back.
Apart from his legal work, Shen Kiat frequently speaks at various public and private events on topics such as Will and Probate, as well as Lasting Power of Attorney.
Two principles guide his approach to life:
- Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with my God.
- Look upon the world as his neighbour.
His Appointments/Memberships include:
• Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
• Member, Singapore Academy of Law
• Panel of Assigned Solicitors under the Legal Aid Bureau, Ministry of Law
• Defence Counsel with the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS)
• Volunteer Lawyer at the Community Legal Clinics.
• Volunteer Lawyer with Bless Community Services.
Hear from his client what it’s like working with Shen Kiat:
“Shen Kiat and Fortis Law recently assisted me in the preparation of my Will. The process was extremely straightforward and was completed in timely and professional manner by Shen Kiat. I would highly recommend the services of Fortis, and Shen Kiat in particular, to anyone in Singapore who is looking for assistance in putting their personal affairs in order.”
Chris Harrison, Finance Legal Counsel at Quantum Pacific Shipping Services Pte. Ltd
“Excellent, professional, service. I highly recommend Shen Kiat.”
Stephen Girvin, Director, Centre for Maritime Law, National University of Singapore
“I have recently had occasion to use Fortis to draft Wills for myself and my husband, alongside Power of Attorneys.
The service received by the company and in particular Tan Shen Kiat was excellent.
In our initial meeting we discussed how we would like our Will’s drafted and this was handled with the perfect mix of professionalism and sensitivity to the difficult subject matter.
Our second meeting was to approve the Drafts and then sign the legal documents. Again, very professional and well conducted, including the offer to utilise the custody facility provided by Fortis should you wish them to keep your Will safely on their premises.
I could not recommend Fortis more highly. If you have procrastinated about completing such important paperwork then this is the company for you – they make the process efficient and pain free and Tan Shen Kiat was a great ambassador for his company.”
Rebecca F. Reagan, Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisory & Protection at AAM Advisory Pte Ltd
“I was very happy with the depth of knowledge demonstrated while arranging my will. The process was made a lot easier by the personalised service and enthusiasm from the whole team. I would definitely recommend their service to others.”
Martin Piper, Front Office Automation and DevOps Manager, ANZ Bank
“I recently visited Fortis Law to arrange my Will and also to assess the service with a view to referring clients in the future. I would say I presented a more complex scenario than most with assets in a number of trickier jurisdictions.
I have to say I was impressed by the team at Fortis. They were very comfortable advising based on my circumstances and offered to refer me to specialists in other regions as and when required.
I feel happy to recommend Fortis to friends and clients who are looking for a professional will writing and guardianship service.”
Toby Williams, Senior Financial Planner, AAM Advisory Pte Ltd
“Shen Kiat helped my husband and I drawn up our Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). The entire process was professional and swift. Shen Kiat was able to draw inferences, convey the information in a clear, concise, and logical manner. It was indeed a learned experience.”
Talleah Teo, Manager of HR Business Partner, Hewlett Packard
“Shen Kiat was helpful and knowledgeable in supporting my wife and I through getting our wills and LPAs done. He was both friendly and professional, and helped to make the experience a joyous one for us.”