SINGAPORE PROBATE LAWYERS – Wills, Probate & Probate Fees – Everything You Need to Know


SINGAPORE PROBATE LAWYERS – Wills, Probate & Probate Fees – Everything You Need to Know


What is Probate?

Probate is an official recognition by the Singapore Family Justice Court that a deceased’s Will is legally valid, and the Executor has been granted authority to administer the deceased’s estate.


Do I need probate?

In almost all cases – yes. You will need a Grant of Probate as most deceased persons will leave behind assets, including bank accounts.


Who can apply for probate?

The executor of a Will is the person entitled to apply to the court a grant of probate. The Executor of a Will is the person named by the deceased to administer his Will.


How do I apply for Probate in Singapore?

To obtain Grant of Probate in Singapore, you need to file the necessary papers at the Singapore Family Justice Court. At PKWA Law, we normally can obtain Grant of Probate in about 1 month for straightforward applications.



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PKWA LAW has one of the most experienced teams of Singapore probate lawyers.  Our legal fees to help you obtain a Grant of Probate or Letter of Administration are one of the most affordable in Singapore:


.Grant of Probate – $1,200

Letters of Administration – $1,500

(GST & disbursements not included)

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What is the Executor’s role?

The executor “stands in the shoes” of the person who has died and looks after their estate for the deceased person. The executor’s role varies with the type of estate of course, but in general the executor:

  • Finds out details of assets and debts
  • Engages a probate lawyer to apply to the court for Grant of Probate
  • Collects the deceased person’s assets
  • Pays any outstanding taxes and debts, and then
  • Distributes the estate to the beneficiaries named in the Will.


When do the beneficiaries get their inheritance?

Once the executor obtains a Grant of Probate, the assets must first be collected before any payment from the estate is made. Funeral, testamentary and administration expenses have priority over all other payments.

Once this has occurred, the executor may pay the debts of the estate.

When all debts have been paid, the executor will distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries according to the Will.


If there is no Will

If there is no will, the estate must be handled by an “administrator” rather than an executor. The administrator applies for “Letters of Administration” instead of probate. The person who is administering the Letters of Administration does the same job as the Executor in probate. The administrator thus gathers the assets and distribute them to beneficiaries.

Since there is no Will to say who should inherit the estate, it goes to the next-of-kin according to a formula set out in the Intestate Succession Act.




“It is great to engage PKWA as they handled matters professionally, are fast and reliable. Matters are communicated in simple and easy-to-understand terms minus the legal jargon… in preparing the Letters of Administration for me.”

Leng Hwa Maria Low

December 2017


” I’m pleased with their prompt actions. As such, I sought their service again to settle my parent’s letter of administration.”

Jo C

November 2017


“Just to give our feedback that Jane has been so wonderfully attentive to my mother. She’s fantastic helper and very dedicated to what she’s doing! Lawyer Lim Chong Boon also went the extra mile to help. Thanks to you and your teams in PKWA!”

Ms L

July 2015




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At PKWA Law, our Family Lawyers team is consistently named as leading Singapore family lawyers by respected independent legal publications such as Asian Legal Business, Singapore Business Review, Global Law Experts and Doyle’s Guide to Singapore Family Lawyers.


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