80-year-old grandmother sues grandson for $4 million Farrer Park semi-detached house

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An elderly widow, Lim Hoon Neo, is suing her eldest grandson for a 60.3 per cent stake in their family home, a double-storey terraced house at 102 Farrer Road.

The 80-year-old’s late husband – Mr Ang Ho Sai who passed away in 2014 at age 83 – had willed the home, worth $4 million, to their youngest son and eldest grandson and appointed his eldest grandson, Ang Wee Chai, as the sole executor of his estate before he passed.

Who does the house belong to?

Lim alleged in court that she paid 60.3 per cent or $22,000 of the price of the Farrer Road house, which she had bought with her husband for $36,500.

While Lim had been a homemaker after quitting her job as an amah in Alexandra Hospital drawing $96 monthly, following the birth of her third child, she apparently supplemented her household income by renting out rooms in her old house, by selling homemade rice wine, and giving friendly loans to her neighbours.

Her husband paid for the household expenses since he worked full-time as a peon in the British army, before running a car rental business and a watch business later on.

Lim claimed that since her husband handled the transaction of the house, the estate was placed under his name.

The elderly widow is now asking the High Court to rule that she has the right to stay in the house until it is sold, after which she would get 60.3 per cent of the proceeds.

Grandmother is hindering attempts to carry out Grandfather’s last wishes

Lim’s eldest grandson, Ang Wee Chai, has said that his grandmother and two of his uncles have been hindering his attempts to carry out his grandfather’s last wishes, by refusing to cooperate in selling the house, as stated in the will.

In response, Ang filed an application in the Family and Justice Court, last year, asking for an order to let him administer the estate by ordering the sale of the property and for the court to order his grandmother to vacate the house.

Ang contends that his grandmother filed the High Court lawsuit in retaliation.

He further revealed in court that his grandfather and grandmother – who had married at age 18 and 14 respectively – had not been on good terms more than 20 years ago and had slept in separate rooms.

His claim was backed by Lim’s granddaughter who testified that she seldom saw the two in the same room or talking to each other.

Lim vehemently denied their accusations. She told the Chinese daily:

“How can this be? If it was really how they depicted it, why didn’t I ask for a divorce?”

Lim further added that her grandson ransacked the home with fellow family members, looking for the will, while her husband’s funeral proceedings were ongoing.

Stating that she did not even know that her husband had left a will and that she was unaffected that he did not leave her a share of the house, Lim claimed that she was instead indignant that her grandson is “monopolising” her home and trying to evict her.

Interestingly, court documents reveal that Lim had previously sued her eldest son over a shop house, but the matter had been resolved out of court.

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    Even the old couple hardly talk or separated by in name they are husband n Wife for all those years living under one roof. What right the grandson or any of the Son have to kick off the Mother n grand Mother out of the house just for $? If u don’t honour your Mother n grand Mother just for the sake of greed over $ u shall get retribution one day. His father/grandfather is not doing the right thing bcos he go will the house to the Son n grandson. By right his Wife got the every right to take over the whole house n choose to give the share to whoever she want if her husband is gone. Singapore law must practice this way if not many children n grandchildren will start bullying their parents n grandparents out of greed n $.

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    Poor old lady. The law must protect our old pioneers that have sacrificed all her life for her children and husband. It’s normal that in that generation that couples are sleeping separately especially when you are of old age. So that is not a good excuse they are implying that they are no longer sharing a matrimonial life. It’s unfortunate that the young bullies the old just because the old is uneducated and ignorant of the law.

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    There are some people would also want to jump on the bandwagon of getting the commissions. I know of one sister in law who is a rogue agent wanted to sell my aunt’s home when she was in hospice. Beware of such bastards! Even now she is practicing her cunning scheme to another ageing elderly.

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    Whose name is on the title deed? The crux is also the will – Why did he write it that way? At this time this is a “he said” and “she said” story. There usually is more to it that that. Obviously their relationships are strained for some reason and the grandma and uncles are on one side.