Probate & Administration Act – Everything You Need To Know

When banks are notified that the account holder has passed away, there is an immediate "Hold" on all transactions of deceased accounts, including giro deductions. In order to access the bank account, the next of kin needs to apply to the court to administer the estate.


If the deceased did not leave a will, the next of kin will need to apply for Letters of Administration from the courts and present these documents to the bank, who will then allow access to the accounts.

When a person dies without a will, they are considered intestate in the eyes of the law. This simply means that their assets will be distributed according to the Intestate Succession Act. The next of kin will then have to apply to the court for the power to administer the deceased's estate, through Letters of Administration.

For Joint Account:

  • the surviving joint account holder can provide the bank with a copy of the death certificate as well as a copy of their own identity card. Subsequently, the bank will automatically give the account balance to the surviving account holder once the account is closed.

  • For Single Accounts:


  • If the account was held solely by the deceased, we can assist in writing to the bank to apply for release of funds from the bank.
  • Where a person dies without leaving a will, letters of administration authorise and give a person the power a person to be appointed as the administrator to administer the estate and distribute the assets in accordance to Singapore’s laws. Contact Us to arrange a free, non obligatory consultation with an estate lawyer.

    The Grant of Probate is essentially a court order, authorising an executor to administer the deceased’s estate in accordance to the directions of the will.


    There are certain documents that you would need to submit like death certificates and affidavits. You would need the following documents:

    • Original death certificate of the deceased;
    • Original will of the deceased;
    • The deceased’s marriage certificate (if any);
    • Original death certificates of next of kin who have passed on;
    • Original death certificates of executor(s); and
    • Children’s identity cards and birth certificates.

    Due to the sheer complexity of the application process, we strongly recommend you speak to an estate lawyer, who will end up saving you both time and money to obtain a Grant Of Probate. Contact Us for a free consultation.

    Without the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administrators, you cannot divide the deceased’s estate.

    For these reasons, we always advise our potential clients to apply for the Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration in order to avoid any difficulties in the future.

    If you'd like a smooth, hassle free process in applying, please Speak To Our Lawyers for a free consultation.

    Usually it would take 4-6 months to extract the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. Of course, if there is more work to be done, for instance, liaising with banks and insurance companies, the process may take longer.

    Contact Us for a free consultation if you would like to speed up the process and gain access to your loved one's estate A.S.A.P.

    Once the grants are extracted, the Executor or Administrator will have essentially have to pay off the debts of the estate, collect and distribute the assets in accordance with the Intestate Succession Act, and account to the relevant beneficiaries about the distribution of the assets.


    As executors or administrators, you must note that you special duties as you are considered to be fiduciaries. As such, should you fail in your duties (e.g. to properly divide the assets), you can be held liable.

    Please refer to this Table to understand how the estate distribution works


    If you need more information, feel free to Contact Us for a free consultation about all estate law matters.

    The Schedule of Assets is basically a supporting document that is required when an executor/ administrator is making an application for either the Grant of Probate or the Grant of Letters of Administration.


    This is a necessary document as it contains the list of assets of the deceased’s estate.

    We strongly suggest Contacting A Lawyer to get this done for you due to the sheer volume and complexity of the application process.

    Speak directly to an Estate Lawyer – Call +65 6589 8913

    Client Testimonials

    “I would like to thank Mr Baiross for his exceptional handling of my grant of probate application. Initially, me and my siblings were lost, could not understand all the legal terms, as there was so much conflicting info online. Due to Mr Baiross’s clear explanations and experience, we were able to get the probate court order quickly and smoothly. I am deeply grateful to Mr Baiross for his patience, and the way he handled our situation. “Miss C.T Low, 20 January 2018
    “The best law firm that i ever found. Mr. Baiross provided excellent consultation services and took the time to understand our problems well. His continuous communication with me was highly appreciated. Thanks to Google which enabled me to locate this law firm. We have settled all our probate issues smoothly and the credit definitely goes to Mr. Baiross and his team for the great effort in solving the issue. Thank you once again. I would recommend anyone who has legal issue to consult Mr. Baiross first. “Miss Chew, 10 September 2017
    “I am extremely impressed with the level of service, professionalism and quick response time of IRB Law. i searched the website and based on the reviews given, I decided to contact Mr Baiross for help in the late at night. Wow..He actually replied me and was so helpful and prompt in his response. He knew exactly what to do and advised me accordingly. Mr Baiross..i will definitely recommend your team to my friends who are in need of help. Thank you once again Mr. Baiross, i really appreciate your help. “Cindy Low, 14 March 2018

    Why Choose IRB Law?

    IRB Law is one of the very few select Law Firms in Singapore with a specialized team of dedicated Estate Lawyers. We have handled thousands of similar cases, which is why we will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your situation. We also provide Free Legal Consultation for all Estate Law cases, so you’ll be sure you’re working with the right lawyer before committing to anything.

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