If you have not read PM Lee’s 3,882-word rebuttal, here’s a TL:DR version to get you up to speed.
We have provided a watered-down easy to digest version below:
LKY made seven wills in total, of which the first six were prepared by Kwa Kim Li (KKL), the niece of LKY’s wife and the seventh prepared by the law firm of LHY’s wife, Lee Suet Fern (LSF).
The First Will (dd. 20 Aug 2011) gave LHL, LWL, and LHY equal shares in his estate but a year later in the Sixth Will (dd. 2 Nov 2012), it was decreed that LWL receive an extra share.
KKL did not prepare the final will because she was away and LHY and LSF wanted the will signed urgently. LSF and LHY emailed LKY (without LWL and LHL knowledge) on 16 Nov 2013 requesting him to endorse the original agreement of equal shares as per the First Will using a replacement witness, Wong Lin Hoe (WLH), then LKY’s private secretary.
In a haste, LSF saw to the preparation of the seventh will using her lawyer colleague, Bernard Lui (BL). LKY responded the email agreeing with LHY on the urgency of getting the will signed.
A day later on the morning of 17 Nov 2013, LSF sent two lawyers from her company, then known as Stamford Law Corporation to arrange the signing of the will.
This sequence of event led to LWL being suspicious of LHY and LSF. She was not aware that the extra share bequeathed to her in the sixth will had been removed. She confided to Ho Ching (HC) about this and said:
Strangely enough, LWL had claimed to LHL later on that she no longer held this suspicion. No explanation was given why.
LHL had also contended that the Demolition clause, present in the First Will but removed in the penultimate (series) fifth and sixth will, was re-inserted in the Seventh will.
He implied that LSF had only made known to LKY that the only change in the final will was only the division of shares. However, the final will had other addendum and amendments.
LHL and LHY’s dispute escalated in 2015. LKY passed on March 2015, and a month later, LHY “repeatedly insisted on the immediate demolition of the House.” LHL refused, as he felt it was so soon after LKY passing, and that it might force the Government to gazette the house due to its historical importance. The issue was placated when HC then asked LWL to move into the house in Oxley.
LHL also revealed that LHY had withheld important emails from him concerning the correspondence between LHY, LSF and LKY in 2013 which showed their involvement in the drafting of the last will.
After LKY death, 38 Oxley Road was bequeathed to LHL. This caused unhappiness with LWL and LHY so LHL offered to transfer the house to LWL for a nominal sum of S$1 on the condition that should the property be transacted later or acquired by the Government, all proceeds would go to charity.
LWL and LHY rejected this so LHL counter-proposed:
“LWL and LHY agreed to my fresh proposal to transfer 38 Oxley Road to LHY at market value, on condition that LHY and I each donated an amount equivalent to half of that value to charity, to pre-empt any future controversy over compensation or redevelopment proceeds. I was prepared to transfer 38 Oxley Road to LHY so that he and LWL could handle the 38 Oxley Road matter as they saw fit between them.
In accordance with our agreement, I donated half of the value of 38 Oxley Road to charity. Although not required under the agreement, I also donated a sum equivalent to the other half of the value of 38 Oxley Road to charity.
38 Oxley Road now wholly belongs to Lee Hsien Yang.”
In conclusion, several concerns were put forth by LHL about LSF’s role in the preparation and signing of the final will, and if LKY himself fully understood the provisions of the final will that were put together in haste during the signing process.
AllSingaporeStuff has provided an even shorter a TL:DR version:
1) Lee Kuan Yew’s wills were all prepared by the same lawyer, Kwa Kim Li (KKL). Only the last was prepared by a partner of Lee Hsien Yang’s wife, Lee Suet Fern (LSF).
2) LKY had initially decided that Lee Wei Ling (LWL) would receive an additional share of the estate relative to the other children (LWL, LHL, LHY 2:1:1).
3) On two occasions, Lee Hsien Yang discussed the will with Lee Kuan Yew. The content of their discussions led to Lee Kuan Yew’s decision to revert the original share from 2:1:1 to become 1:1:1 (LWL losing out in the process).
4) Lee Hsien Yang and his wife apparently tried to push through with the signing of this last will as quickly as possible. Lee Kuan Yew wanted to contacted the original lawyer (KKL), but Lee Hsien Yang removed KKL from the e-mail chain before telling Lee Kuan Yew that the lawyer (KKL) was un-contactable and was away, and that it would be best to quickly do up the last will in KKL’s absence.
5) KKL later found out about the affair the day after, and was surprised to not have been contacted.
6) Lee Hsien Yang, with his wife’s partners, got the will signed within only 15 minutes (including the time to sign in and out of LKY’s house).
7) The changes to the will was not communicated to Lee Wei Ling nor to Lee Hsien Loong.