WHAT IS RESEALING OF FOREIGN GRANT OF PROBATE IN SINGAPORE
WHAT IS RESEALING OF GRANT OF PROBATE IN SINGAPORE
.Date: 21 August 2021
If a person is a citizen of another country and passes away in that foreign country, how do his family members collect his assets (such as properties and bank accounts) that are located in Singapore?
In such a case, if the deceased person died in a Commonwealth country, the deceased family representatives would have to obtain probate first in their original country and then come to Singapore to obtain resealing so that they can gain access to the assets in Singapore. Resealing of a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration is thus the process of obtaining the authorisation by the Court of a second country (in this case, Singapore) after the Grant has been obtained in the Court of the first country.
As an example, if an Australian citizen passes away in Australia and has assets in both Australia and Singapore, the family members would have to obtain a Grant of Probate in Australia first (so that they can have access to the deceased’s assets in Australia). After that, they would need to come to Singapore to apply for resealing to gain access to the Singapore assets.
Resealing a foreign grant of probate is thus the Singapore court’s way of giving legal recognition to the original foreign grant of probate.
If a foreign grant of probate is resealed in Singapore, it is as if the grant of probate had originally been issued in Singapore. The executor of the resealing can thus carry out his duties to collect assets in Singapore under the resealing.
Resealing of probate is only available if a court issued the foreign grant of probate in any part of the Commonwealth or Hong Kong. Resealing is not available if the foreign grant of probate was obtained from a non-Commonwealth country, and in such a case, the applicant will have to apply for a fresh Grant of Probate.
At PKWA Law, we frequently act for executors who wish to apply for resealing the grant of probate regarding a deceased foreign national who has assets in Singapore.
Our fees for a resealing of foreign probate starts from $4900. Our fees are fixed and clear and are published in the interest of transparency.
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