WILLS & PROBATE

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WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE OR UPDATE YOUR WILL & LPA IN A DIVORCE

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If you are thinking of getting a divorce, or going through one, or have completed your divorce, it is absolutely critical that you make or update your personal Will and your LPA.  This is because under your old will:

  • you might have willed your assets to your ex spouse.  It is thus important that you update your will to provide for your new situation.
  • you might have appointed your ex spouse to be your executor.  This gives your ex spouse the right to control your assets and estate.
  • you would not have provided for your new situation now that you are divorced.

Furthermore, if you did not make a previous will, should you pass away before the divorce is finalised, your ex spouse will be entitled to a minimum of 50% of all your assets!  This is the law under the Intestate Succession Act which provides that if you did not make a will, your spouse will inherit 50% of your assets (if you have children).  Your spouse will also have the right to apply for Letter of Administration and thus gain control of your assets and estate.

So, if you are contemplating divorce, going through a divorce, or have completed your divorce, the golden rule is – make a fresh Will and LPA.

Contact us at tel 6854-5336 to enquire about our will writing services.

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Our fees for Wills and LPA:

Personal Will – $400

Lasting Power of Attorney – $300

Promotion – Do both your will and LPA together for just $490 (usual fee $700).

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SINGAPORE PROBATE LAWYERS

FIXED PROBATE FEES

Grant of Probate – $1,200

Letters of Administration – $1,500

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Probate Lawyers

Protect your loves ones by making a Will. When you make a Will, you create certainty about who will inherit your estate and who should manage it.

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Singapore Probate Lawyers – Letters of Administration

Our team of experienced and dedicated Singapore probate lawyers have extensive experience in advising and obtaining Grants of Probate (where there is a will) and Letters of Administration (where there is no will).

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What does a Singapore Probate Lawyer do?

When a person dies, someone needs to collect all his assets and distribute them to the beneficiaries.  Your Singapore 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.

At PKWA Law, we usually obtain 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.

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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.

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2. What is a Grant of Probate?

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.

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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.

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4. Who can apply for the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration?

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 .Grant of Probate

Only the executor(s) named in the Will of the deceased may apply for the Grant of Probate.

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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.

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 PROBATE SERVICES

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TESTIMONIALS – PKWA PROBATE LAWYER

“PROFESSIONAL, SYMPATHETIC AND ALWAYS AVAILABLE”

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“I am very grateful to Christina Lim in assisting me smoothly to obtain letter of Administration within short period of Time. She is very professional, sympathetic and always available for feedback.”

Siva

April 2019

“VERY CONSIDERATE AND PROFESSIONAL”

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“Very considerate and professional. Went above and beyond what I expected any law firm to do – they carried out some legwork to locate a witness to support my case. After they have completed their part, they even advised me on the next sequence of processes that will follow and what I need to do.

Thumbs up!

Lez Lee

3 April 2019

“VERY PROFICIENT”

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“We are pleased that Jane handled the Grant of probate very proficiently. It was speedily done within a month. Thank you to the members of staff in the office, too. Cheers.

Helen Kwek

April 2019

“SMOOTH AND THE FEES WERE REASONABLE” 

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“I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to Jane and Shirley for their professional services and prompt response in getting the Grant of Letters of Administration for my family. The whole process was smooth and the fees were reasonable. We will definitely approach PKWA Law for other services if need to. Highly recommended to engage them!”

Selene Shin

17 March 2019

“ENGAGING PKWA LAW WAS THE CORRECT CHOICE”

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“My heartfelt thanks to Charlene Nah and Christina Lim for their professionalism in Family Law. Not only are they strong in advice, they are empathetic and are always available for my matters.

Because of their experience and confidence level, their guidance throughout the difficult months of process, I am able to rest my case to them and end my final judgement with a reasonable outcome.

Engaging the correct Family Law matters and PKWA had proven my choice.

Serene Tan

30 March 2019

“SIMPLE AND PAINLESS ….. PROBATE WAS COMPLETED IN

LESS THAN A MONTH”

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“We came down and had a short meeting with PKWA Law and left with the comfortable assessment that not only was he was very competent with the process but uncomplicated in his communication. However we had one stipulation – that the probate process be as speedy as possible since the other Executor no longer resides in Singapore full time.

Both Executors are unanimous in our assessment that PKWA LAW made the whole process, simple and painless, with knowledgeable information and minimum demands on our time. The probate process was completed in less than a month – quite miraculous by any standards.

The whole experience has been a breadth of fresh air. We will have no hesitation in recommending PKWA and Firdaus in particular, to anyone seeking help with probate matters. And If the rest of your practice is as pleasant and efficient as this experience, we would gladly consider returning for our other legal needs.

Congratulations on running a tight ship. And in particular our gratitude and appreciation to Firdaus.

MT

January 2019

“VERY PLEASANT EXPERIENCE”

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“I had a very pleasant experience engaging PKWA Law as my legal representative to apply my Grant of Probate.  The legal executive Firdaus is proactive and diligent in his follow up with the relevant institutions. And I managed to get my Grant successfully without any hassle in less than 2 months.

I’m truly grateful and appreciate Firdaus’ professionalism.

Sizhen Ho

January 2019

“REASONABLY PRICED”

“VERY HAPPY WITH THEIR SERVICE”

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“Had to get my mother’s will executed via a Grant of Probate. PKWA was the most reasonably priced. They conducted the process with clear procedures. I am very happy with their service.

Ken, SooLee Chong

October 2018

“VERY EFFICIENT AND PROFESSIONAL”

“COMPLETED IN LESS THAN 3 WEEKS”

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I am pleased with the service provided by PKWA Law. On my first meeting with them, I was briefed on the fees and process thoroughly to apply the letter of administration.

Jane is very efficient and professional in her work and I received my documents in less than 3 weeks.

Many thanks and appreciate it.

Ho C J

1 September 2018

“DONE IN LESS THAN 2 MONTHS”

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“Thank you Jane Ng for clear guidance throughout the process in obtaining a Grant of Probate. Had it done less than 2 months and thumbs up to all at PKWA Law in making it a breeze in my time of bereavement.

Kenneth Chew

August 2018

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