When a person dies, someone must take care of his property and distribute it to those entitled to it. A person who administers the deceased's estate is called a personal representative. A personal representative who is appointed under a will is an executor while an administrator is the personal representative of a person who passed away without making a will. A person entitled to any share in the deceased's estate is called a beneficiary.
The Supreme Court deals with applications for Probate and Letters of Administration where the value of the deceased's estate exceeds S$3 million, as well as applications for the Resealing of Grants.
This is a court order given to the executor appointed by the deceased in his will to administer his estate.
This is a court order given to a person who applies to court to administer the deceased's estate when the deceased passed away without writing a will.
This is a court order given to a person who has already obtained a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration in any part of the Commonwealth or other approved country or territory.
If you are appointed as an executor in a person's will, you have to apply to court for a Grant of Probate within 6 months after the death of the person.
If there is no will and the deceased has some property to be dealt with, the beneficiary who has a prior right under the law will have to apply to court for a Grant of Letters of Administration.
As the Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration entails legal procedures and issues, persons who wish to apply are advised to engage a lawyer.
- Originating summons with supporting documents, which includes the deceased's death certificate, original will and a certified true copy of the foreign grant
- Affidavit in support of originating summons, exhibiting a Statement (in Form 172 of the Rules of Court) and supporting documents
- Administration Oath
- Certificate of Result of Caveat Search (after a caveat search has been carried out)
|Originating Summons and supporting affidavit
||S$20.00 (where the value of the estate is up to S$1 million)|
S$50.00 (where the value of the estate is more than S$1 million)
|Certificate of Result of Caveat Search