Kith & Kin is a private-client and community law firm that blends technology and excellent customer service to ensure the best client experience possible.
We practice in a progressive, positive and helpful way for clients, our partners and other counsels that we work with. We invest in our people so that they can serve clients even better.
Kith & Kin was built from the ground up with its sole focus on clients, and everything that we do here is to make our client’s experience of STEM Law better.
We Understand Our Clients' Needs
We Build Communities
We adopt a values-based and stewardship approach towards our legal practice. We focus on values and purpose as we work alongside families and their heirs in inheritance and succession planning.
Our mission is to help maximise the financial, human, and intellectual capital in families and family businesses to produce continuity, growth, unity, and social impact.
Client Experience Driven
At Kith & Kin, we use design-thinking skills to learn what clients value and design processes that prioritise clients’ welfare and experience.
Meet Our Legal Team
We are more than just specialist estate and trust lawyers in Singapore. We believe in a creating a purpose-driven practice that brings value to our clients and their families.
Shen Kiat Tan
CEO, Founder & Director
“The thing that I love about working with my clients is the journey that I go through with them. I see them in the early stages, but I also see them grow together. I love being part of the client’s journey because they work very hard to get to where they are and I want to be able to help them.”
Shen is a qualified solicitor in Singapore since 2015. His expertise lies in private-client matters, especially in the area of Succession, Trusts, Estate & Mental Incapacity (STEM Law). He cut his teeth at a mid-sized, full-service law firm under the tutelage of one of Singapore’s most forward-looking private-client practitioners. Shen Kiat is currently one of the emerging figures in the mental capacity law space.
With a double-degree in law and political science with a minor in religious studies, Shen is extremely personable and technically skilled in helping families navigate their way through personal and wealth-related matters, including trusts, mental capacity law, estate planning and administration, business succession, immigration, and family offices.
Shen regularly acts for clients on a wide range of mental capacity matters and belongs to the pioneer batch of registered professional deputies and donees — offering personal representation to those lacking the requisite mental capacity.
Shen’s professional skills are enhanced by his membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“TEP”). A firm believer in continuous development, Shen clocks more than 48 hours annually on industry-related training to ensure clients obtain the best and most updated advice.
Shen currently sits on the Law Society Probate and Succession Committee (LSPSC) and the Agency of Integrated Care Institutional Review Board (AIC IRB). He also supports the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) in their community outreach activities.
In addition to his private-client practice, Shen teaches a community law module at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), supporting the third law school’s mission to nurture effective and compassionate community law advocates and practitioners.
Lawyers are not the only advocates for justice in society. Because of this belief, Shen approached the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) to design and deliver an interdisciplinary course on “Understanding community law for social work practitioners“. The course aims to help social work professionals become advocates for their clients by arming them with the law as both a sword and shield.
Shen is fluent in English and Mandarin.
“What I enjoy most about our work at Kith & Kin is coming alongside clients as they seek to make plans for the future, not just for their own well-being but in the best interest of their loved ones. It is my honour and privilege to be able to render legal advice on personal matters that will positively impact families through generations.”
Angela has been a qualified lawyer in Singapore since 1995.
After being called to the Bar, she engaged in 3 years of Christian ministry for tertiary students’ in the Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES), giving back to the campus ministry that had nurtured her spiritual growth.
Thereafter, Angela enrolled in NTU-NIE and obtained her Post-graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) in 2000. From 2000-2003, she taught in mainstream schools and the Gifted Education Program as an English specialist before resigning to become a full-time homemaker in the United Kingdom where her husband pursued his doctoral studies.
Upon returning to Singapore in 2009, she continued her calling as a stay-at-home-mum, home-schooling her children for 2.5 years to help them adjust to the Singapore school curriculum. Angela’s former conviction about serving the legal needs of ordinary persons was re-awakened in 2013 when Singapore’s need for more community lawyers surfaced. She found that it was finally the right time to explore work options after her second child turned 10.
Her first attempt to return to legal practice began with a 3-month internship. This also led to her volunteering at the Family Law Clinic in the State Court’s Community Justice Centre. Interactions with practising lawyers and observing them at work confirmed her desire to engage in community law.
To ensure that she would be well-equipped to walk alongside individuals going through difficult situations, Angela obtained a Graduate Diploma in Professional Counselling (awarded by the University of Swinburne) from the Executive Counselling & Training Academy (ECTA) in 2019 and was also an Academic Prize winner.
Angela assists in personal and wealth-related matters including trusts, mental capacity law, estate planning and administration.
Angela is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Special Projects Lead
“I have a heart for families and the vulnerable in our community, and I believe in Kith & Kin’s methodology of approaching legal issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective to ensure longevity in each proposed solution. I believe in improving the delivery of legal services to the community. I thus feel extremely privileged to participate in Kith & Kin’s various community projects that support both individuals and the community.”
Esther graduated with 1st Class Honours in Geography from NUS and is currently a law student at the same school. She hopes to use her law degree to increase the accessibility of legal services for the most vulnerable in the community as well as to strengthen families in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Esther is fluent in English.
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