Letters of Administration
Probate & Letters of Administration

When are Letters of Administration Required?

In Singapore, when someone passes away but leaves no Will, the law sets out how to administer the estate of the deceased. It also outlines the type of person who can act as administrators of the deceased’s assets and other affairs (like liabilities) under a court order known as Letters of Administration. In contrast, when a person dies and does leave a valid Will, the court will give effect to...

08.13.2020
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How to apply for grant of probate
Probate & Letters of Administration

How to Apply for Grant of Probate

Just as in many other countries around the world, in Singapore, the law requires that a probate process is undertaken before estate property can be distributed to beneficiaries. A Will, on its own, is not usually enough to manage the property of the deceased, contrary to popular belief. The probate process requires the filing of several necessary documents and there are several stages to go through before the Singaporean court...

08.10.2020
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Probate & Letters of Administration

Grant of Probate Process and Timeline

What is Probate? Following the death of someone with a valid Will, their executor(s) (and their trustees, if applicable) whom the deceased appointed in their Will, must apply to a court for a Grant of Probate. However, if the deceased made no Will, or the Will they made is deemed invalid, then the deceased’s next of kin may make a court application for a Grant of Letters of Administration. Applying...

08.10.2020
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Probate & Letters of Administration

Grant of Probate vs. Letters of Administration

Introduction Following the death of a family member, their property (collectively called “the deceased’s estate”) must be administered and distributed under the law. If the deceased had made a Will, then normally they would have appointed at least one individual as the executor, to manage their estate according to the terms of the Will, and their final wishes. But if the deceased had not made a Will, the court will...

07.8.2020
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