Grant of Probate & Letters of Administration

Leading Probate & Letter of Administration firm in Singapore. Prices from $1,200, get in touch for a free initial consultation.

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When someone passes away there are a number of important tasks that need to be completed to access and administer an individuals estate. Due to the multitude of supporting documents needed, it is advisable to hire legal specialists to handle the paperwork.

IRB Law has a specialist team of estate lawyers who are experienced in taking this headache out of your hands.

Our Probate & Letter of Administration packages start from $1,200. Please get in touch for a no obligation, free consultation to find out more.

Valid Will
Grant of Probate

If the person died leaving a valid Will, then the named Executors take on responsibility for administering the estate. In order to carry out this task, the executors will need to tender certain documents to the Court in order to apply for a Grant of Probate.

No Valid Will
Letter of Administration

If the person died without leaving a will, or the will has been lost, or found to be invalid then a spouse of other next of kin must apply to the Court to be appointed as the deceased persons representative. This process is known as Grant of Letters of Administration.

Why IRB Law for Probate & Letters of Administration?

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Over 20 Legal Specialists

IRB Law is a firm of over 20 legal specialists. When you hire us, you don’t just hire a single associate, you benefit from the collective expertise of our entire team.

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Come and talk to us for an initial free consultation. We’ll listen to your situation and give you honest, direct feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your case.

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Transparent & Affordable Fees

IRB quotes reasonable nett rates which are inclusive of tax and disbursements, so you always know exactly how much you must pay, before you make any payment.

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

Where a person dies without leaving a will, letters of administration authorise a person to be appointed as the administrator to administer the estate and distribute the assets in accordance to Singapore’s laws.

The Grant of Probate is essentially a court order, authorising an executor to administer the deceased persons 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.

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.

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.