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.

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



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?

If there is a Will, the person named as the executor in the Will is the person entitled to apply to the court to obtain the Grant of Probate.  If there is no Will, the next of kin (family member) will usually be the person to apply to court for a Grant of Letter of Administration.


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 are able to obtain Grant of Probate in about 1 month for straightforward applications.


How much does PKWA LAW charge for Grant of Probate


PKWA LAW is one of the best known probate law firms in Singapore.  We have been helping clients obtain probate for 3 decades.  PKWA Law has been named by the Straits Times as one of the “Best Law Firms in Singapore 2021” for Inheritance and Succession law.

Our probate fees are very affordable.  Our fees are as follows:


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 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 may then distribute the remaining assets amongst the beneficiaries according to the Will.


If there is no Will

If there is no will, the estate has to 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 by in the Intestate Succession Act.


Procedure for filing a Probate application

There are 3 main stages to filing a probate application in Singapore.  The 3 stages are as follows (source:  Family Justice Court):

 .flow chart for probate application in Singapore



Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration

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




“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.”

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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