The death of a family member or close friend is never easy. The loss can be made even more difficult if the deceased had left behind assets as these assets should be collected quickly by the executor and distributed to the beneficiaries following the law.
The experienced and knowledgeable probate lawyers at PKWA Law assist family members in obtaining Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. We provide a personal and sensitive legal experience for individuals going through the probate process.
Probate is the court process that legally confirms that an executor (if there is a Will) or a personal administrator (if there is no Will) is authorised to act on behalf of the deceased. You will need the Grant of Probate or the Letters of Administration to deal with the deceased’s assets and distribute them to the lawful beneficiaries.
When is Probate Required?
Probate is required when a person dies and when there are assets to be distributed or properties to be transferred to the beneficiaries.
How Much Does Probate Cost?
At PKWA Law, we are a pioneer in offering fixed legal fees. Our probate fees are one of the most reasonable in Singapore. If the probate is straightforward and the estate is not more than $3 million, our fees are:
Grant of Probate: $1,200
Letter of Administration: $1,500
When There is a Valid Will
The named executor in the Will must apply to the court for a Grant of Probate. Once the court is satisfied that the will is valid, it will issue the Grant of Probate, which confirms the executor’s authority to administer the Will.
When There is No Will
Where there is no will, someone (usually the surviving spouse) must be appointed by the court to administer and distribute the estate as the personal representative. If there is no spouse or if the spouse is unable or unwilling to act in this capacity, another family member can apply to do so. The court issues an order called Letters of Administration, which empowers the personal representative to act on behalf of the estate. The assets must be distributed in accordance with intestacy rules.
An executor owes a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries of the estate they are administering. This means an executor must act with honesty and integrity. The executor must make decisions in the best interest of the beneficiaries. Most importantly, the executor must distribute the assets in the right proportions to the lawful beneficiaries.
Contact the Probate Lawyers at PKWA Law
At PKWA Law, our experienced team of probate lawyers help clients to obtain Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration quickly and at reasonable fees. Call us at tel 6854-5336 to set up a consultation with one of our dedicated and experienced lawyers.
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