Probate & Letters of Administration
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When a loved one has passed away, family members consult a probate lawyer for advice on how to unlock the assets so that bills can be paid and inheritance can be distributed. This is where the experienced team of probate lawyers at PKWA Law comes in.
For over 30 years, our team of experienced probate lawyers has helped countless families obtain a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration. These Grants are required so that the executor and administrator can manage the deceased’s estate and distribute the inheritance to the lawful beneficiaries. We are here to make the process as easy as possible for you at this challenging time, advising and assisting you with the process of administering the estate.
The Grant of Probate
If the deceased person left a will, executors must apply for a Grant of Probate. The process is as follows:
- The executor is the person named in the will;
- The executor will apply to the court for the Grant of Probate.
- The executor pays off the deceased person’s liabilities and distributes the assets according to the will.
- The Grant of Probate must be applied for within six months of the deceased’s death.
Letters of Administration
If the deceased person did not leave behind a will, an application for Letters of Administration must be made.
- The administrator is a person appointed by the court to manage and distribute the estate of a deceased person according to the Intestate Succession Act.
- Generally, the deceased’s immediate family members may appoint one of the family members to apply for the Letters of Administration. For example, based on the order of priority, if the children of the deceased wish to be administrator(s), the deceased’s surviving spouse should renounce their right to apply for Letters of Administration.
- At least two administrators must be appointed if one or more estate beneficiaries are below 21 years of age.
- The estate administrator(s) will have to pay off the deceased’s outstanding taxes, loans, funeral and legal expenses.
- After the administrator has paid off the deceased’s outstanding liabilities, they must distribute the remaining estate according to the Intestate Succession Act.
What do we do?
Our probate lawyers will explain and guide you through all aspects of probate and estate administration. Where the deceased has died intestate (without a will), we will advise you on dealing with the Letters of Administration.
Once the Court has issued the Grant of Probate or the Grant of Letters of Administration, you may then bring this Grant to the various institutions (e.g. banks, the Housing & Development Board (“HDB”), insurance companies) to claim the assets and to distribute them.
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Frequently asked questions
What documents should I bring along?
When dealing with a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration we usually only need 1 to 2 meetings to get everything prepared. When coming for your meeting, you will need to bring along the following documents:
For Grant of Probate
- Original Will of the deceased ;
- Original Death Certificate of the deceased ;
- Original NRIC of the executors.
For Letters of Administration
- Original death certificate of the deceased person;
- Original NRIC of the administrator; and
- Photocopies of NRIC and Birth Certificates of all the beneficiaries.
Do I really need to hire a lawyer?
Whilst it is possible to apply for probate without a lawyer, the process is complex and time consuming. There is a large volume of documents to be completed and submitted. Given the circumstances, it is highly advisable to hire a reputable law firm to handle the matter on your behalf. It will save you a significant amount of time and effort, whilst also ensuring a successful application.
How long does the process take?
Assuming the matter is not contentious, it typically takes around 1-2 months to complete the process.