TOP 5 REASONS TO GET A GOOD PROBATE LAWYER IN SINGAPORE
Are you the executor or administrator of a loved one’s estate? Here are the top 5 reasons why choosing a good specialist probate lawyer in Singapore is important to your probate process.
Lim Chong Boon, Head of Family Law & Probate, PKWA Law
GETTING A GOOD PROBATE LAWYER IN SINGAPORE
If a loved one has just passed away, it is naturally stressful and difficult to understand what you should do about the probate process.
You will need to get a good probate lawyer to help you to obtain ‘Grant of Probate’ or “Letters of Administration”. These are court orders that give you access to the person’s assets and distribute them to the rightful beneficiaries.
Getting a good probate lawyer makes a lot of difference to your probate process. A good probate lawyer will ensure that your probate process is smooth, quick and without delays. On the other hand, if the lawyer has no experience in probate, the probate process may be delayed and frustrated.
So, who are the probate specialists in Singapore? For the first time, the Straits Times has conducted a national survey to help the consumer find out which are the best law firms in Singapore. The Straits Times, together with international market researcher Statista, conducted the first-ever survey to identify “Singapore’s Best Law Firms” in 15 different legal practice areas, including Family Law.
PKWA Law is also ranked as a top family law firm in many respected legal publications such as Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, Asia Legal Business, Doyles Guide and Singapore Business Review.
At PKWA Law, we specialise in probate law and normally obtain Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration in about 4 weeks.
Here are the top 5 reasons why choosing a specialist probate lawyer in Singapore is important to your probate process.
1. A good specialist probate lawyer can obtain your probate quickly and efficiently
When a loved one dies, you won’t get access to his assets or his estate – unless you have applied to the court for Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. All your loved one’s properties, insurance policies, investments and bank accounts will be frozen. This is because financial institutions need proof that someone is legally authorised to handle the deceased person’s affairs. This is why you need to get probate.
With the help of a probate lawyer, you can obtain probate quickly and efficiently. This way, you can quickly gain access to the estate, which means that the bills are paid, the debts are cleared, and the distribution of the assets to the rightful beneficiaries can be carried out.
At PKWA Law, we generally complete the probate process within 4 to 6 weeks.
2. A good probate lawyer can advise you on how to avoid any dispute or conflict
When there are substantial assets that a loved one has left behind, there is always a risk of competing demands and competing interests between family members about the inheritance. This can further intensify without legal assistance.
With a good probate lawyer’s help, there will be greater clarity and transparency in the probate process. There will be less anger and less confusion when a professional probate lawyer is engaged to obtain Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
3. A good probate lawyer can help you to submit the right documents
When you apply for Grant of Probate or Letter of Administration, the Family Justice Court will require proper submission of legal documents. These legal documents can be difficult to understand. You should get a good probate lawyer to help you fill these probate court forms. If the court forms and supporting documents are not filed correctly, the probate court may reject your application. This will result in a delay in obtaining probate, and you cannot get access to the assets to pay bills and distribute them to the beneficiaries.
But if you hire a probate lawyer, you can be sure that the risk of your probate being rejected by the court is significantly reduced.
4. A good probate lawyer will ensure that there are no delays
Apart from the fact that it is not easy to do probate by yourself, the cost of hiring a good probate lawyer is really cheap. By hiring a good probate lawyer, you can ensure that everything is taken care of and that all the beneficiaries receive their assets in a timely matter.
5. A good probate lawyer can protect the estate from claims
A probate lawyer can help you to protect your estate from claims, especially from people who may seek to lay an unjust claim on an inheritance.
Our Probate Fees
PKWA Law was recently recognised as one of “Singapore’s Best Law Firms” for family law and inheritance and succesion. As a leading family law, we frequently assist clients in obtaining probate. Our fees:
$1,200 for Grant of Probate
$1,500 for Letters of Administration
(GST and disbursements not included)
If your probate is straightforward, we normally obtain probate within 4 to 6 weeks.