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Grant of Probate Singapore


When a loved one passes, they leave behind their family, memories, and possession. Often, they would also leave behind a will providing instructions on how they wish for their personal ites and assets to be distributed upon their death.

 

However, before the assets can be transferred to those named in the will, a Grant of Probate has to first be obtained from the Singapore Family Justice Court. With a Grant of Probate, the person who has been appointed in the will as Executor is thus authorized to take charge of the deceased’s estate and to carry out the distribution of assets in accordance with the will.

 

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Why do you need a Grant of Probate?

If the deceased has left behind a will, the person named in the will to handle the estate would first need to apply for a Grant of Probate from the court. This would grant them authority as Executors to carry out the asset distribution as spelt out in the will.

However, if the deceased did not leave a will, or the will is incomplete, a personal representative, typically a close relative, asks the court for a grant of Letters of Administration. These Letters allow the representative to deal with the estate and ultimately give it to those the law defines as legal heirs.

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About the Probate Process


What is a Probate Executor?

An executor is the person appointed in the will to manage the estate after the will’s author dies. The executor gathers up all the assets, opens or closes bank accounts, collects investments, pays debts, files necessary paperwork with the court, among other tasks, and then gives the heirs their share of the estate.

How do I apply for a Grant of Probate?

The Grant of Probate process in Singapore begins with the executor’s gathering the necessary documents and information for the application, such as the original will, death certificate and probate assets lists. After that, the executor

 

  • Files the necessary documents for the Grant of Probate with the Singapore Court
  • Receives the court’s official acceptance of the Grant of Probate application
  • Returns a signed affidavit to the court certifying the application
  • Sends out inquiry letters to financial institutions 
  • Returns the Affidavit, Oath and Schedule of Assets to the court
  • Awaits the court’s Grant of Probate
  • Extracts the Grant of Probate by filing a Request to Extract Grant form

Should you hire a Probate Lawyer?

Probate can be a tedious process that may not always go smoothly. Not only do you have to know the court rules and procedures to get your numerous documents accepted by the court, but you would also need to know what to do if the will is defective or challenged.

 

Can I apply for grant of probate myself? While it is not strictly necessary to hire a lawyer to assist with your probate process, it is highly recommended especially if you are not well-versed in probate statutes and procedures.

 

With the counsel of an experienced lawyer, you can be assured that you are receiving professional advice and that your interests are being looked after.

 

Here at Kith & Kin Law we offer transparent fees and our fixed-fee probate starts from S$1250.

 
 
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Why choose us?


Everyone has their own unique legacy they wish to leave behind. Through our purpose-driven ethos, we will help you craft out a personalised plan on how you wish to incorporate your legacy plan with your estate plan. 

Convenient

Our team can onboard you over ZOOM or Google Meet to save you precious time. In-person meetings happen at our centrally located office near to the Supreme Court and Clarke Quay Central.

No registry visits

We handle everything on your behalf and we will send the electronic court order to you as soon as it is ready.

5 day promise

After collecting your details, we will prepare your application within 5 days for the simpler cases.

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Clear, fixed and tra​n​sparent pricing

For simple estates below the value of S$3mil, our clients pay S$1,250 plus additional costs. Additional costs: ​Probate registry fees of S$350 to S$500.

 

For complex estates, our clients pay S$2,800 plus additional costs. Additional costs: ​Probate registry fees of S$1,500 to S$1,800.

 

 

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How we obtain Probate for you


Whether you need probate or full estate administration, we have a wonderful team of experts whocan provide you with outstanding support. All probate cases are handled by our lawyers who areregulated by the Law Society of Singapore.

It all starts with a phone call or video-zoom.

Our friendly probate lawyers or specialists will guide you through your situation to help you understand what probate is, whether you need it and how much it’s going to cost.

Preparing your application for probate

Once we obtain all the details of the estate, we will prepare the probate documents and anappointment will be fixed with you to sign those documents.

Obtaining your grant of probate

Once we obtain all the necessary approvals from the probate registry, we will extract the electronic version of the grant of probate on your behalf so that you can start the process of estate administration such as closing bank accounts and selling or transferring the house.

Or if you like us to handle those things, we are able to help immediately or work with our partnerswho’ll provide a fixed quote for estate administration.

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Here are some commonly asked questions about the Probate process. Should you have specific requirements or questions, please get in touch with us and we would be happy to assist you.

How long does it take to apply for a Grant of Probate in Singapore?

Without a will contest or other problems, it takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

When should I apply for the Grant of Probate?

You should apply for the Grant of Probate within six months from the date of death of the deceased.

In the event that the application is made filed after six months, you would need to provide a reason for the delay in your application.

What are the requirements to appoint someone as an Executor?

  • An executor in Singapore has to be 21 years of age and above
  • The executor cannot be a bankrupt

You may also choose to appoint a lawyer as the Executor.

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