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Grant of Probate

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Grant of Probate Singapore

When a loved one passes away, 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 items 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 be obtained from the Singapore Family Justice Court first. With a Grant of Probate, the person who has been appointed in the will as Executor is thus authorised to take charge of the deceased’s estate and to carry out the distribution of assets in accordance with the will.

Why Choose Us

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

Clear, Fixed and Tra​n​sparent Pricing

For simple estates below the value of S$3mil, our clients pay S$1,350 plus additional costs.

Additional costs: Probate registry fees of S$300 to S$500. 

For complex estates, our clients pay S$3,800 onwards plus additional costs.

Additional costs: Probate registry fees of S$1,500 to S$2,000.

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 the person authority as the Executor to carry out the asset distribution according to the will.

However, if the deceased did not leave a will, or the will is incomplete, a personal representative, typically a close relative, will have to ask the court for a grant of Letters of Administration. This court order allows the representative to deal with the estate and ultimately distribute it according to the Intestate Succession Act.

What You Need to Know 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 a 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$1,650 nett.

How We Obtain a Grant of Probate For You

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

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.

  • 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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