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Probate and Administration of Estates

When someone dies leaving assets in Singapore and/or elsewhere, oftentimes, his or her assets (some or all) may be frozen pending the deceased's legal representative obtaining a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. 

Although theoretically, the personal representative of the deceased may apply to the Court for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration in Singapore, the Court's procedures, documentation and the legal issues relating to such applications may be too daunting and confusing to a layman. Commonly, next of kins of a deceased will engage a Probate and Estate Lawyer in Singapore to assist him in making the relevant application for a Grant of Probate, Letters of Administration, Resealing or others.

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Singapore Grant of Probate


Where a deceased died with a valid Will (or testatment), his estate is said to be testate. In a testate estate, his estate (assets) will be managed by the Executor(s) appointed under the deceased's Will.

The Executor(s) appointed under the Will will usually appoint a law firm to apply to the Court for a Grant of Probate (as opposed to a Grant of Letters of Administration in an intestate estate). There are other variations of applications for grant of representation (eg. where all the appointed Executors have died).

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Grant of Letters of Administration

Where a deceased died without a valid Will (or testatment), his estate is said to be intestate. In an intestate estate, his estate (assets) will be managed by Court appointed person(s) called Administrator(s). Persons who can apply to the Court to be appointed as Administrator(s) depend on his/her/their legal relationship with the deceased.

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Resealing of Commonwealth Grant

If the deceased has died domiciled in any of the Commonwealth Countries or Hong Kong (outside Singapore) with assets in Singapore, and you (or your clients) have already obtained a Grant of Representation from a probate court (similar court or authority) in that jurisdiction of his domicile (eg. UK, Scotland, Australia), you may apply for that Grant to be resealed by the High Court. Upon resealing of the foreign Grant, the legal representative may deal with the deceased's assets in Singapore.

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Testacy and Intestacy

When a person dies, the family members will try to ascertain if the deceased has left a Will and Testament. A person dies with a valid Will dies testate, whereas one dies without a valid Will dies intestate. In a testate estate, the executor and trustee appointed under the deceased's Will will apply for a Grant of Probate in the Singapore Court, and in an intestate estate, the next of kin will apply to be appointed as administrator of the deceased's estate under intestacy laws for a Letters of Administration.

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Singapore Probate Estate Services

If you need legal help in Singapore, often times, finding out the costs of engaging a Lawyer can be a daunting task. At LAW.com.sg and our sister legal sites, we simplify the process of obtaining quotes forf legal services through our Online Quote forms.

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Making a Will in Singapore

Singapore Wills Online is another innovative Online Legal Service of Loh Eben Ong & Partners, a Singapore Law Firm and Lawyers. Wills.sg is a online legal site dedicated to Singapore Wills drafting and together with our sister website at LAW.com.sg, Loh Eben Ong & Partners have provided this pioneering online legal service since 2001.

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