Get to know us

We are more than just specialist estate and trust lawyers in Singapore. We believe in a purpose-driven practice that brings values to our clients and their families.

Our Approach 

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. 

User-Experience Driven

At Kith & Kin, we use design-thinking skills to learn what clients value and design processes that prioritise clients’ welfare and experience. 

Shen Kiat TAN

CEO, Founder, and 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.

 

Kith & Kin is a private-client and community law firm (in succession, trusts, estates and mental capacity) 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. Clients find our advice very practical and digestible. They are always complimenting how easy to understand our advice is. They get direct access to quality and independent lawyers who think in our clients’ and their families best interests.”

Angela Teo
Angela TEO

Counsel


“What I enjoy most about our work at Kith and 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.

 

I find it meaningful and moving to draft legal instruments that convey the client’s love and concern for loved ones and worthy causes in concrete ways, benefiting others even long after they are no longer physically present.

 

For me, the greatest reward at the end of the estate planning journey with the client is not just the setting down of an individual’s wishes in legally enforceable black and white, it’s the exchange of personal stories and the building of a new friendship. Every client is special to me.”

Esther Lee
Esther LEE

Special Projects Lead


I have a heart for families and the vulnerable in our community, and I believe in Kith & Kin’s methodology in 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, and I am glad for the privilege to participate with Kith & Kin on their various community projects that support the individual and also the community.

Shen Kiat TAN

CEO & Founder. BA, LLB, TEP.

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 midsized, full-service law firm under the tutelage of one of Singapore’s most forward-looking private-client practitioner. Shen Kiat is currently one of the emerging figures in the mental capacity law and practice space. 

Graduated with double-degrees 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. 

He acts regularly for clients on a wide range of mental capacity matters and belongs to the pioneer batch of registered profession deputy and donee- 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 up-to-date counsel and advice.  

He currently sits on the Law Society Probate and Succession Committee (LSPSC) and the Agency of Integrated Care Institutional Review Board (AIC IRB). He 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” to help these professionals become advocates for their clients, armed with the law as both a sword and a shield.

Shen is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Angela TEO

Counsel. LLB (Hons), Grad Dip of Counselling, PGDip in Education

Angela is a qualified lawyer in Singapore since 1995. 

After being called to the Bar, she engaged in 3 years of Christian tertiary students’ ministry in the Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES), giving back to the campus ministry that had nurtured her spiritual growth. 

To facilitate family life, she next 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. Then, in 2013 when Singapore’s need for more community lawyers was surfaced, her former conviction about serving the legal needs of ordinary persons on the street was re-awakened. In 2016, when her second child turned 10, the time felt right for exploring work options.  

 

Her first attempt to return to legal practice began with a 3-month internship which 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 during consultation confirmed her desire to engage in community law. 

In preparation for that eventuality and to hone skills in coming alongside individuals struggling with difficulties in life, she obtained a Graduate Diploma in Professional Counselling (awarded by the University of Swinburne) from the Executive Counselling & Training Academy (ECTA) in 2019 and was an Academic Prize winner in the course.

Angela assists in personal and wealth-related matters including trusts, mental capacity law, estate planning and administration.

Angela is fluent in English and Chinese.

Esther LEE

Special Projects Lead | BSocSci (Hons)

Esther has spent an extensive period of time working with vulnerable communities in the Philippines and in Singapore. She is trained in personal development and enjoys helping women and children develop their leadership potential. Esther has also been highly involved in non-profit work where she contributes her skills in graphic designing, video editing and design communication.

 

 

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 and she is currently working on her Mandarin and Hokkien.

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