The probate lawyers at PKWA Law provide a personal and sympathetic service to clients whose loved ones have died and who need our legal assistance with probate.
WILLS AND ESTATE LAWYER SINGAPORE – PKWA LAW
When someone close to you dies, it can be tough and emotionally draining to know what to do with their estate. The probate lawyers at PKWA Law provide a personal and sympathetic service to clients whose loved ones have died and who need our legal assistance with probate.
Probate and Estate Administration
When someone dies, it is natural that their asset will be frozen. Thus, someone needs to “collect” all their property and assets and distribute them under the terms of the deceased’s will. In the absence of a valid will, the estate will be distributed in accordance with Singapore law, which sets out who gets what – starting with the closest next of kin.
Our experienced estate administration & probate lawyers provide a personable and affordable service to clients who require probate.
What happens where there’s a will?
The Will names who is to administer the estate. It is common for a Will to state one or two executors. These executors are the persons who will apply to the court for a Grant of Probate.
When the court is satisfied that the will is valid, it will issue the Grant of Probate. This confirms the authority of the named executors to administer the will, to collect the assets and to distribute them to the named beneficiaries.
What happens where there is no will?
The closest next of kin (usually the surviving spouse or the eldest child) is normally the person to will apply to the court to obtain Letters of Administration.
Like the Grant of Probate, the Letters of Administration gives the administrator the authority to manage and distribute the estate under Singapore intestacy rules.
What rights do Beneficiaries have?
It may surprise you that beneficiaries have very little rights. Beneficiaries cannot do the things that an executor is obliged to do. Beneficiaries do not have the right to:
a. apply to the court to obtain Grant of Probate in place of the executor.
b. ask the banks or third parties for information regarding the deceased’s assets.
c. collect the deceased assets or distribute them.
Beneficiaries can, however, compel the executors to carry out their duties properly and without undue delay.
What must the Executor do?
The executor must administer the estate promptly and in accordance with the law. If there is a will, they must act per the wishes stated in the will. If there is no will, they must distribute the assets in accordance with the intestacy laws of Singapore.
What PKWA LAW can do for you
Our fees for obtaining Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration are affordable and low cost, starting from $1,200 for Probate and $$1,500 for Letters of Administration.
At PKWA Law, our team of experienced probate & estate lawyers can help you obtain Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. We will also advise you of your rights and obligations.
PKWA Law also helps clients to prepare Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney. Contact us at 6854-5336 today.
At PKWA Law, our team of Family Lawyers are consistently named as leading Singapore family and divorce lawyers by respected legal publications such as Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, Asian Legal Business, Singapore Business Review and Doyle’s Guide to Leading Singapore Family & Divorce Lawyers.
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