What is a Letter of Administration in Singapore?

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What is a Letter of Administration in Singapore?

WHAT IS A LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION IN SINGAPORE?


When a person passes away without having written a Will in his/her life time, then the next of kin called the Administrator will need to apply to the Court for a Court Order called Grant of Letter of Administration to authorise the next of kin to collect the person’s assets and distribute the assets according to the intestacy law in Singapore. The Administrator will be the person who engage lawyer to apply to the Singapore Family Justice Court to issue this Court Order called Grant of Letter of Administration.

If the demise person is a single person, the Administrator will be usually be the parent who will apply for the Grant of Letter of Administration where the Administrator will collect the assets of the deceased and distribute equally among the father and mother of the deceased.

If the demise person is a married person, the Administrator will usually be the wife of this demise person who will collect the assets of the deceased and distribute equally among the wife and children of the deceased.

If the demise person is a widow or widower whose spouse has already passed away before he or her, then the eldest child will usually be the Administrator who will collect the assets of the deceased and distribute equally among the children of the deceased.

However, if the eldest child of the deceased is not willing to be the Administrator to apply for the Grant of Letter of Administration, then he or she will need to sign a Court Form called Renunciation of right to be Administrator to assign this right to be administrator to the next relative who is eligible to succeed him or her to be the Administrator.

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