Here is a list of the lawyers recognised as the best wills and probate lawyers in Singapore by the Straits Times
The best wills and probate lawyers in Singapore
Who are the best wills and probate lawyers 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 areas of legal practice. PKWA Law is ranked by the Straits Times as one of the Best Law Firms in 5 different areas, including in Family Law and Inheritance and Succession.
A total of 15 law firms were named as being the best law firms in Singapore for Inheritance and succession. They include:
Wills and inheritance – what should you do when a loved one passes away?
When someone passes away, the assets they have left behind need to be collected and distributed to the lawful beneficiaries.
First, you must check whether your loved one left a will behind. If the person left a will, you will have to apply for a ‘Grant of Probate’ and become the executor of the deceased’s estate. If the person did not leave a will, you would have to apply for ‘Letters of Administration’ and become the administrator of the deceased’s estate.
Applying for Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
Check if there’s a will left behind by the person.
Apply for a Grant of Probate if the person left a will. An executor is someone named in the will who is nominated to distribute the deceased’s estate. If the person left a will, the executor must apply to the court for a Grant of Probate to obtain the legal right to distribute the deceased’s estate according to the will.
If the person did not leave a will, the deceased person’s estate would fall into intestacy. Intestacy means that the deceased’s estate must be distributed according to the intestacy rules set out in the Intestate Succession Act. Family member(s) of the deceased must apply for a ‘Letters of Administration’ to become an ‘administrator’ of the estate before they can distribute the estate according to the Intestate Succession Act.
Determine what assets were owned by the deceased and estimate the total value of the estate.
Pay off any of the deceased’s outstanding debt, bills or taxes.
Distribute the assets to the beneficiaries according to the will or distribute the assets to the beneficiaries according to the Intestate Succession Act (if there’s no will).
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