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Practical Tips on Avoiding Disputes with Your Interior Designer

Foreword by OTP- To herald the New Year, we have created a new category of articles under “Miscellaneous Information” called “Other Professions”. Here, you can find contributions on non-law topics by other professionals in their field. Although these articles may not deal specifically with legal issues, we hope the information provided can nonetheless help our readers avoid the often…

E-Mail Impersonators: Identifying “spoofed” E-mail

After Mrs Tan voted on Election Day, she returned home to find an e-mail from none other than the Prime Minister of Singapore (prime_minister@gov.sg). He thanked her for her vote and promised to address her concerns of education and rising cost of living. She was a little disturbed, but as it turned out the sanctity of her secret ballot hadn’t been compromised. Someone (her husband) had…

Project Law Help

I have been in practice since 1989. I have always known (since I was 12, according to my mum) that I will run my own business by the time I turn 26. So, after 2 years of being an LA, I joined Ong Ying Ping (Ong & Associates) and so began Ong Tay & Partners. Lim Seng Siew joined us in 1995 and “filled the space for “Partners”. In many unexpected ways, this turned out to be a durable…

Finding Quality Information on the Internet

We hear anecdotal stories of false Claims made on the Internet that on the face of the article/website appear authoritative and accurate. Yet, it cannot be that everything on the Internet is bogus. So, how do we determine the wheat from the chaff?We start by looking at some examples of false claims…

Open Source Laws? No! It’s the Law that is Open Source!

In 1999, two young lawyers from a prestigious US law firm were asked by the firm’s corporate client to research the availability of legal cases on the Internet. Why? The client did not want to pay the firm’s high legal research bills. The result – an online legal research service called Fastcase (www.fastcase.com). It uses computer algorithms to perform the case…

MacDivorce-A Quick, Easy, Low-Cost & Possibly Painless Divorce In Singapore

“MacDivorce” is a term I coined to describe what I regard as the “best” way to divorce (if there is such a thing as a “best” way for such a traumatic and stressful experience). It is the best because as the title suggests, it is fuss free, quick and thus low cost, kind of like having a meal at a fast food joint. As the premise for MacDivorce is the consensual…

Property In Fictional Characters

All of us are familiar with Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Sherlock Holmes, Superman, Batman, Captain America – all characters invented by someone and found in movies, cartoons, books or comics. Those from movies or comics have a graphic representation that we can see while those from books have distinctive characteristics that we gather from ‘word portraits’…

Sole Custody, Joint Custody Or Care and Control? What In The World Do They Mean?

In an earlier article entitled “Custody, Care and Control, Splitting the Baby King Solomon’s Way”, I have written about what are the factors the Court will consider when deciding which parent gets custody or care and control of a child. In this one, we will explore in some details what kind of orders are generally given by the Court in a “custody battle” and what these…

Hong Kong SAR (“HK”) Laws On The Internet

The Hong Kong government has provided a wealth of online information, both legal and non-legal. Almost all the information is freely available with few local commercial sites. One of the key providers is the Community Legal Information Centre (CLIC). It is a bilingual community legal information website and provides a quick internet guide for the general public to find relevant…