The passing away of a loved one is a difficult time for the family and relatives. Going through the legalities of their death and execution of the will can be a challenging process for many. If your loved one has passed away in Singapore, here are the things you need to consider if you want to probate without a lawyer:
Note that while you can probate a will without a lawyer, there are certain exceptions to the law for probate.
What is Probate?
According to the family justice courts, Singapore, Probate is a legal document that the court provides so that an applicant can manage and supervise the estate of the person who has passed away.
How Can You Probate a Will Without a Lawyer?
To probate a will without a lawyer, all you have to is to apply for Grant of Probate. Once you have applied and the court accepts you, you become the “Executioner” or “Administrator” of the will.
In many cases, the will names an executioner. In those cases, you just have to present the will at the Family Justice Courts of Singapore as proof and you will be the executor of the will.
In situations where you have been named executor of a will, you can take the responsibility or renounce it too. Since you, as an individual can interact with the Family Justice courts in Singapore, you don’t need a lawyer unless you want them to supervise your actions.
Who Can Apply for Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration?
Only a person who is named in the will can apply for the Grant of Probate. The person named in the will is known as the executor of the will. Grant of Letter of Administration can be applied for by any beneficiary of the assets or estate of the deceased.
This includes- the spouse, parents, siblings, children or any other next-of kin of the person who has passed away. Ensure to apply within six months of the person’s death date. If you file for a grant after six months, you will have to explain the cause of delay to the court and you might end up needing a lawyer to do the needful for you.
Conditions Where You Don’t Need a Grant to Execute a Will
Assets such as a joint bank account do not need a grant of probate or letters of administration to be distributed. Other assets such as CPF monies, insurances with nominations, and residential flats under joint tenancies do not require a grant of probate or letters of administration.
All you have to do is communicate with the establishments for the transferring or distributing of the deceased assets. If you follow these simple and easy steps, you will not need an attorney to file for probate of your loved one’s will. This not only saves money but also ensure privacy for the family.
Contrary to popular belief, apply for the grant of probate or the grant of letters of administration is not a difficult process.
You may heard many law firms make it look like a tedious task so that they catch you as a client and earn money from it, but that’s not true, they will make the process really simple and you don’t have to worry about every single thing.
Since probate cases are related to the family justice courts of Singapore, getting the work done yourself could be a challenging task, give a call to a law firm in Singapore today and ask them how much does it cost to hire a probate lawyer?