PROBATE LAWYER IN SINGAPORE – WILLS AND LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION
In Singapore, the statute governing the granting of probate and letters of administration is the Probate and Administration Act (Cap 251).
What does a grant of probate lawyer in Singapore do? He helps you draft your will, and obtains Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration.
Probateis the legal process whereby a probate lawyer “proves” a Will in a probate court and the will is accepted as the true last testament of the deceased.
The granting of probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person. When probate is obtained by a probate lawyer, the deceased person’s claims are all resolved and his assets are distributed in accordance with his wishes under his will. In this manner, the persons entitled to the assets of the deceased (beneficiaries) are able to obtain their inheritance.
A probate court decides the legal validity of a testator’s (deceased person’s) will and grants its approval. The will is said to be ‘probated.’
The probated will then becomes the legal instrument by which the executor named in the will is granted the legal authority and power to dispose of the testator’s assets in the manner specified in the testator’s will and to distribute the assets to the beneficiaries.
If there is no will, the process is known as obtaining Letters of Administration.
A Will is a document that you make while a person is still alive. It sets out what happens to the person’s assets when the person has passed on. This includes the person’s money, property, shares, investments and possessions. There are rarely disputes because the person has stated clearly who the beneficiaries are, and the percentage of their inheritance.
As your will sets out your directions on the distribution of your assets, it is important that you see a wills lawyer to have your will properly done.
Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration
Just making a Will alone does not automatically mean that upon the person’s passing, the assets will immediately go to the named beneficiaries. The estate needs to go for ‘probate.’ You will need a probate lawyer in Singapore to help you get probate.
After someone passes away, an individual will need to ‘administer the estate’. This person is known as the ‘executor’ and is normally named in the will. In order to proceed with the distribution of the estate, the executor needs to apply to court to obtain a Grant of Probate, which is essentially a court order giving him authority to collect the assets and to distribute. .After so
If the person passes away without a Will, then the closest relative will have to apply to court to obtain ‘Letters of Administration.’ In such an instance, the process is not as straightforward as obtaining the Grant of Probate. Probate lawyers will advise on who should become the Personal Representative and help to identify the beneficiaries. The assets or inheritance will be distributed depending on whether the person was married, has children or has parents. The Intestate Succession Act spells out the various scenarios.
Thus, in essence, the presence or absence of a Will determines whether you apply for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
OUR PROBATE FIXED FEES
At PKWA Law, we have 3 decades of experience in helping our clients make a will, obtain Probate and Letters of Administration. Our probate fees are priced to meet everyone’s budget – our fees are among the lowest in Singapore:
Grant of Probate Fees – $1,200
Letters of Administration – $1,500
*Disbursements and GST not included.
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