SINGAPORE WILLS AND PROBATE LAWYER
.Our Probate Fees are among the most affordable in Singapore:
Grant of Probate – $1,200
Letters of Administration – $1,500
(Disbursements & GST not included)
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Probate and Letters of Administration
Our team of experienced and dedicated probate lawyers, supported by a team of professional legal executives, have an extensive and varied experience in advising and obtaining Grants of Probate (where there is a will) and Letters of Administration (where there is no will).
.What does a probate lawyer in Singapore do?
When a person dies, someone needs to collect all his assets and distribute them to the beneficiaries. The probate lawyer will apply to court to get you a Grant of Probate (where the person dies with a will) or Letters of Administration (where the person dies without a will) to enable the rightful person to collect the deceased’s assets and to distribute them in accordance with the will or in accordance with the Intestate Succession Act.
To put it simply, the probate lawyer’s main job is to help family members to obtain a Grant of Probate (where there is a will) or Letters of Administration (where there is no will). These are simply court orders that identifies the rightful person to collect the deceased’s assets and to distribute them. As an example, if the deceased has a bank account, the bank will need to see this court order to satisfy themselves that they are dealing with the rightful party.
Because of our vast experience, we normally are able to complete obtaining the grant of probate or letters of administration in 1 to 2 months for most cases.
Call our Family Law, Probate and Wills team at tel: 6854-5336 for any further questions.
Below you will find useful information on probate matters.
1. What happens when a person dies and leaves behind a property that belongs to him/her?
A person, known either as an ‘executor’ or an ‘administrator’, has to be appointed by the Court to take charge of the deceased person’s property (collectively known as his ‘estate’).
If there is a will that has been made by the deceased person, it will contain details of the appointment of an ‘executor’ to take charge of the estate as appointed by the deceased person.
If there is no will made by the deceased person, an appointment of a person known as an ‘administrator’ will be appointed to take charge of the estate. This administrator is usually one of the next-of-kin of the deceased.
In order for such persons to be recognised legally as the executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate, applications have to be made for ‘Probate’ or ‘Letters of Administration’ respectively.
2. What does a ‘Grant of Probate’ mean?
It is a court order authorising an executor, appointed by the deceased person under his Will, to administer his estate according to the directions contained in his Will.
3. What are Letters of Administration?
It is a court order authorising a person(s) to administer the estate of the deceased person in accordance with the law.
4. Who can apply for the Grant of Probate?
Only the executor(s) named in the Will of the deceased may apply for the Grant of Probate. The executor is entitled to deduct his expenses and pay the Probate Lawyer Fees from the estate funds.
5. .Who can apply for Letters of Administration?
In the case of Letters of Administration, any of the deceased person’s family members is entitled to apply to be appointed as an administrator. However, the law gives priority to certain members of the family over others, depending on the marital status of the deceased person and his/her family’s composition.
For example, if the deceased person was single, his surviving parents will have the priority over his brothers and sisters to be the administrators; or if the deceased person was married with children, his spouse will have priority over the children to be the administrator.
The law also requires that at least 2 administrators be appointed where there are one or more minor beneficiaries. A ‘minor beneficiary’ refers to any person below 21 years of age who has a share in the estate. This is to protect the minor beneficiary’s interest in the estate.
The administrator is entitled to deduct his expenses and pay the Probate Lawyer Fees from the estate funds.
Contact us today for a free consultation about our Wills and Probate services and our affordable Probate Lawyer Fees.
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