Application for Letters of Administration
When a loved one dies, leaving behind assets, they should be distributed and administered according to the law. If the deceased has made a will, then the executor must apply for a grant of probate. On the other hand, if the deceased has not made a will, the court will appoint an administrator of the deceased estate and the administrator should apply for letters of administration to be recognised as a legal executor.
For years, Exodus Law Corp has been working to help families obtain a grant for letters of administration / probate without any hassle. We understand how difficult and emotional a time this would be for you and your family, so we promise to take care of everything, from applying to extracting the grant of letters of administration / probate. Our services involve providing legal guidance, drafting necessary documents to complete the legal process, and providing translations for foreign language documents.
What are the Letters of Administration of an Estate?
The letters of administration are documents granted by a Family Justice Courts, authorising a person who will administer the estate (money, properties, or any other assets) of someone who has passed away. The Probate and Administration Act states that the letters of administration are required for managing and distributing the assets of the deceased to the lawful beneficiaries.
Who can apply for Letters of Administration?
According to Singapore law, the following persons can apply for letters of administration, in case a person dies without a will.
- Brothers and sisters
- Nephews and nieces
- Uncles and aunts
Bankrupts or infants cannot be appointed as administrators. Similarly, if the beneficiary is below 21 years of age, then two administrators must be appointed.
Note: For a married person, the spouse is given priority. However, for a single person, the parents are given priority.
What are the documents required for Letters of Administration?
Here is the list of documents which is required for the application of a letters of administration of an estate:
- The original death certificate of the deceased
- The administrator's original NRIC(s)
- Photocopies of the birth certificates and NRIC of all the beneficiaries
- Schedule of assets of the deceased
How long does it take to complete the process of a Letter of Administration in Singapore?
For an estate of less than $3 million without any minor beneficiaries, the whole process will take about four months (if the schedule of assets is available). If the schedule of assets is unavailable, then it will require an additional month or two to complete the process.
What Does a Probate Lawyer Do?
A probate lawyer helps to distribute the assets of a deceased person according to state law. Or they provide legal advice to those in need. They play an important role in caring for a deceased person's asset (with or without a will).
- If the deceased person has a valid and signed will, then a probate lawyer will guide the executor throughout the probate process.
- If the deceased person has not left a valid will, then the probate lawyer will guide a loved one through the process. The loved one must elect and appoint an administrator to step into the shoes of an executor and complete the job to distribute the deceased’s assets according to the laws.
Why should you hire a lawyer?
Probate lawyers know probate law and can help you with the process of administering an estate after someone has passed away. They make sure that the assets are distributed according to the will of the deceased and with minimum stress. Here is why you should look for a professional probate lawyer:
Drafting a Will
If you want to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after your death, then you should get them drafted by a probate lawyer to minimise any risk.
Protect the estate
By hiring a probate lawyer, you can avoid and resist the legal claims made against the estate.
Accelerate the Process
The probate process is complex and time-consuming. However, if you hire a lawyer, they can efficiently resolve financial and legal matters without any hassle.
Support the Heirs
Lawyers reduce confusion in legal matters and support the heirs so they can remain at peace.
Reduce Family Conflict
The entire process of asset distribution may lead to the development of conflict among family members. By hiring probate lawyers, you can reduce the tension and manage things calmly.
How can we help?
Are you looking for a reliable law firm that can guide you with your application for letters of administration at affordable rates? Well, you have come to the right place.
At Exodus Law Corp, our professional probate lawyers will guide you throughout the process and responsibilities regarding letters of administration, probate, or wills. Our process of application for letters of administration is quick and cost-efficient. We will also advise you on how to handle the probate and estate administration where the deceased has died without a will. Message us now and let our qualified lawyers take care of all the documentation. We offer a free initial consultation (15 minutes) to our beloved customers.
Letters of Administration
In instances where a valid will is not made, family members of the deceased will need to apply to Court to deal with the passing of property under the Intestacy Rules. Letters of administration granted where a person applies to Court to administer the deceased estate.