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About Probate in Singapore

ABOUT GRANT OF PROBATE IN SINGAPORE


If the person has done a Will, then his/her Will will state who is the executor, the one appointed to distribute the Deceased’s assets. In such a case, the executor will have to apply to the Court for a Court Order called Grant of Probate to authorise the next of kin to collect the person’s assets and distribute the assets as set out in the Will. statement to the Court that they did witnesses the deceased signed the will.

You need to submit the original Will through your lawyer to the Singapore Probate Registry for verification when applying for the Grant of Probate. The Will must be signed by the deceased person in the presence of 2 witnesses. If the will is prepared by law firm, then the 2 witnesses will usually be coming from the law firm. However, there are cases where I do come across the deceased had signed the will in the presence of 2 friends or next-of-kin, then make sure that you can contact these 2 witnesses to provide a statement to the Court that they did witnesses the deceased signed the will.

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Documents needed for applying for Grant of Probate or Letter of Administration

DOCUMENTS TO PREPARE FOR APPLYING FOR GRANT OF PROBATE OR LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION


In both cases, the Applicant will need to submit the Deceased’s death certificate, next of kin’s NRIC and an inventory list of Deceased’s assets to us to draft the court application papers for either the Letter of Administration or Grant of Probate.

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Letter of Administration & Probate Fee

RAYMOND LIM & CO GRANT OF PROBATE AND LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION FEE 


At Raymond Lim & Co, our fees for applying for the Grant of Probate and Grant of Letter of Administration are fixed fees in the range from $1,200 to $2,500 which will include all our legal fees, filing and court fees and involves the following work :

- Preparing the court application papers

- Court attendances

- Making application to court for dispensation of guarantors in cases where the case involves a minor beneficiary of less than 21 years old or mentally incapacitated beneficiary and the Court require the administrators to provide 2 guarantors to sign the Admin Bond-an undertaking to protect the minor or mentally incapacitated beneficiary share.

- Preparing Affidavit statement to affirm that Administrator are not able to find the death certificates of deceased’s father or mother usually required for applying for Muslim Grant of Letter of Administration.

- Obtaining the Court sealed copies of both the Grant of Letter of Administration or Grant of Probate with Schedule of Asset/Will Annexed.

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How long does it take for Letter of Administration or Grant of Probate?

HOW LONG DOES THE LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION /GRANT OF PROBATE TAKE?


For cases where the Administrator can confirm and identify the deceased’s assets, then the duration of the application can be in the range from 2 1/2 months to 3 months.

For cases where the deceased’s assets are not identifiable and require lawyers to write to institutions to obtain more details to identify the value and description of the assets, then the duration of the application can be in the range from 4 to 9 months depending on the correspondence of the institutions with the law firm to confirm the details of the assets and applying to the court to dispense with the need of the Administrators to provide the 2 guarantors.

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What is a Contested Divorce in Singapore?

WHAT IS A CONTESTED DIVORCE?


An contested divorce means a situation where you and your spouse are not able to sit down to have a prior agreement on the issues of divorce, care arrangement of the children, division of the matrimonial house and assets.

This scenario of contested divorce can occur because one spouse refuses to talk to you about settling the issues or one spouse has committed an secret adulterous affair and it is not generally advisable to approach this spouse to discuss the prospect of divorce without compromising the private investigator actions to gather evidence of this spouse alleged adulterous affair.

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What are the lawyer fees or cost for Contested Divorce in Singapore?

WHAT IS THE LAWYER FEES FOR CONTESTED DIVORCE?


Usually most divorce lawyers in Singapore would not fix the fees for contested divorce where both parties are not able to reach an agreement or the case are complex.

The standard practice is to bill on an hourly basis based on the experience of the lawyer who does the work, time spent on court attendance, mediation meeting in the court negotiating with the other side, drafting court documents as required by the case or making urgent sub applications like interim maintenance, custody, care and control of the child, access for one party to see the child.
Besides the lawyer fees, there are also court filing fees and disbursements (for things like photocopying).

For this kind of contested divorce, you can discuss with your lawyer to give an estimate of the fee structure or a cost budget so as to spend within the budget that you can afford to. Such fee structure or cost budget can range from between $10,000 to $30,000.

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Fixed Fee for Uncontested or Consent Divorce

FIXED FEE FOR UNCONTESTED OR CONSENT DIVORCE


If you are looking for a divorce lawyer within your budget, then you are strongly advised to consider whether you can talk to your spouse to explore the possibility of reaching an agreement to divorce and the ancillary issues so that both parties can proceed with an uncontested or consent divorce.

This is because the cost of divorce in Singapore is much cheaper for uncontested or consent divorce as compared to a contested divorce.

Most lawyers in Singapore will charge a fixed fee structure for uncontested or consent divorce because the lawyers are able to assess in advance the amount of work and documents to prepare as compared to contested divorce where it is not possible to estimate in advance the amount of work and documents to be done. This is because the duration and intensity of the amount of work and documents needed to be done for contested divorce is dependable on how and what the other spouse does.

The fixed fee for uncontested or consent divorce should be nett fees and include the lawyer fees for preparing the divorce forms and settlement agreement terms, consultation time required by lawyers to interview client to collect the necessary datas to prepare the court papers, court filing fees, commissioning fees, bankruptcy search fees, photocopying and other miscellaneous fees .

There are different fixed fees for different types of uncontested or consent divorce for example, cases where couple do not have children and property would be most affordable. Cases involving property and children would require filing of additional documents like Parenting and Property Plan with the court and writing letters to HDB or CPF Board on issues involving the agreed transfer of one spouse’s CPF monies or waiver of CPF monies refund for one party’s transfer of the share of the house to other spouse.

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What is a Uncontested or Consent Divorce in Singapore?

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE OR CONSENT DIVORCE


An uncontested or consent divorce means a situation where you and your spouse not only wants to end the marriage but also agree on the ancillary issues like care arrangement of the children, the financial issues of maintenance for wife and children and division of matrimonial house and other assets jointly acquired by both parties from the time of the marriage before one of the party engaging a lawyer to prepare the divorce documentation work to be submitted to the court.

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Consent & Uncontested Divorce Cases

EXAMPLES OF CONSENT AND UNCONTESTED DIVORCE CASES 

 


Are you currently facing marital problems with your spouse and you have already tried very hard to salvage the marriage with the other side. However, both of you are still not able to reach a solution to resolve your marital differences with the other side. Usually it is advisable for you to invite the other side to consider engaging a marriage counsellor to help each other to reconcile the marital differences and avoid a divorce as divorce can be a traumatising experience.

However, if after having exhausted the many avenues to try to reconcile the differences with the other side and both side realise that it is impossible to carry on living together, then sometimes it is not a bad thing to consider divorce as an option to free each other from an unhappy marriage so that both sides can move on with their lives and be friends to work together on other issues after the divorce especially if both parties already have children in the marriage.

If you are embarking on filing divorce proceeding to dissolve the unhappy marriage with your spouse, it is advisable firstly to consider the following :
a) whether you can discuss with the other spouse to work out amicable prior settlement to achieve an uncontested divorce or consent divorce before one party proceeds to engage a lawyer to prepare the necessary court papers to file the divorce proceeding with the Singapore Family Justice Court.

b) Or if you are facing the other spouse who is unwilling or hostile to even have a prior discussion on the issues involving the care arrangement of the children, the financial issues of maintenance and division of matrimonial assets acquired by both parties from the time of marriage which invariable means that your divorce case is likely to become an contested divorce case.

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