HOW YOUR PROBATE LAWYER HELPS YOU WHEN A LOVED ONE PASSES AWAY
Nobody really likes to talk about death, but we all will pass away one day. So this article is necessary, as it explains what your probate lawyer in Singapore can do for you in the unfortunate event that a loved one passes away.
Getting an Experienced & Sympathetic Singapore Probate Lawyer
Nobody really likes to talk about death, but we all will pass away one day.
So this article is necessary, as it explains what you must do in the unfortunate event that a loved one passes away. If the loved one was the breadwinner, you would need to have access to his assets to pay bills, mortgages, school fees, utility fees. You would also need to transfer the assets to the rightful beneficiaries.
In many ways, a probate lawyer is perhaps the most important of all types of lawyers. You would definitely need a probate lawyer because death is certain and assets need to be passed down or transferred to the rightful beneficiaries.
Understanding what to do if your loved one left behind a Will
If the deceased left behind a Will, the person named as the Executor in the Will has to appoint probate lawyers to obtain Grant of Probate. This is to enable the Executor to have access to the assets and to distribute them according to the testator’s wishes.
The Executor’s responsibility is to find out the assets and liabilities of the Estate, apply for a Grant of Probate in Court, consolidate the Estate’s assets and distribute them according to the testator’s Will.
Applying for a Grant of Probate
A Grant of Probate empowers the Executor(s) of the Will to administer the Estate of the Deceased according to his / her Will. The application has to be made in the Family Justice Courts within six months from the date of the death of the Deceased. If six months have passed, the Executor(s) will have to provide an explanation for the delay.
At PKWA Law, our team of experienced probate lawyers will assist you in your application for the Grant of Probate by preparing the relevant Court documents for you.
Understanding what to do if your loved one passed on without a Will
If your loved one did not leave behind a Will, the spouse or the next-of-kin of the Deceased will have to apply in the Family Justice Courts for a Letters of Administration. This is to enable the administrator to take control of the deceased’s assets and to distribute them in accordance with the law.
Applying for Grant Letters of Administration
A Grant of Letters of Administration is simply a Court Order empowering the appropriate person (who is normally the spouse or next-of-kin) to be the Administrator of the Estate so that the assets of the Estate can be distributed according to the Intestate Succession Act.
The Intestate Succession Act sets out seven classes of persons who are entitled to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration. In descending order of priority, these persons are:
- Children of the deceased;
- Nephews and nieces;
- Grandparents; and
- Uncles and aunts.
If there are any beneficiaries who are below the age of 21 years, a minimum of two persons have to be appointed as the Administrators of the Estate.
Our team of dedicated and experienced probate lawyers will explain to you your roles and responsibilities in obtaining the Grant of Letters of Administration in order to distribute the assets to the beneficiaries.
PKWA LAW PROBATE FEES
PKWA Law is one of the largest family law firms in Singapore, and we are conveniently located at the HDB Hub. We keep our fees affordable for the average Singaporean. Our fees for probate are as follows:
Grant of Probate – $1,200
Letters of Administration – $1,500
We offer a free initial consultation. Contact our probate team at tel 6854-5336 today.
PKWA Law Probate Fees