This section deals with the procedure for obtaining a Probate in the Family Justice Courts (FJC) (which includes the Family Division of the High Court) with effect from 1 January 2015. The procedure in this section also applies to proceedings commenced before 1 January 2015 provided the matters are heard in the FJC.
The information provided below is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice. The FJC cannot provide legal advice or assist with drafting the contents of any document.
References to legislation:
What is Probate
It is a legal document issued by the courts to enable the applicant to administer the assets of the deceased. The assets of the deceased will need to be managed by the court appointed executor/administrator. To become the appointed executor/administrator, the intending person has to apply for Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration with the FJC.
Probate and Administration is the legal process of appointing the executor or administrator for the Deceased’s estate.
It depends on the assets of the deceased. Please check with the relevant institutions such as:
- Housing Development Board (HDB);
- Various financial institutions (Banks, etc.); and/or
- Insurance companies.
Some common examples are listed below
- Flats under joint tenancies;
- Certain Insurance policies with nominations;
- CPF monies; and
- Joint bank accounts limited to a certain amount.
The above-mentioned assets can be transferred or distributed without a grant.
If no grant is required, please liaise with the relevant institutions for the distribution and transfer of the assets.
- Public Trustee (PT)
If the assets of the deceased are above $50,000 for simple applications for Grant of Letters of Administration or Grant of Probate, you may consider the following options:
- Caters to value of assets that are below $50,000 but criteria must be met in order to be eligible.
- Further details on criteria are available on PT’s website.
- If eligible, PT will administer the estate without an application for grant with the Court.
- Legal Aid Bureau (LAB)
Consider engaging a lawyer to make an application
Making an application personally
- For applicant in need of financial aid.
- Criteria must be met in order to be eligible for Legal Aid.
- Further details on criteria are available at LAB’s website.
- Applicant to prepare and file a number of documents.
- A set of procedures are required to be followed. Please refer to details below.
|Who can apply?
Grant of Probate
- Appointed executor/executrix (s) named in Deceased’s will.
Grant of Letters of Administration
- Beneficiary of the estate
(Spouse/Children/Parents/Sibling/Next-of-kin of the Deceased)
|When to apply?
Within six months from Deceased’s date of death. For applications filed after six months, reason for delay has to be explained in the application form.
|Where to file the application?
All documents are to be submitted at: -
CrimsonLogic Service Bureau
133 New Bridge Road,
#19-01/02 Chinatown Point,
Tel: 6538 9507
Mondays to Fridays: 8:30 am to 5.00 pm
Saturdays: 9.30 am to 12.00 pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
|How long does an application take?
Approximately two - three months. Depending on case complexity.
|How much does an application cost?
Approximately +/- $1,000.00
Please take note that in order to apply on your own, you should be residing in Singapore. Otherwise, please engage a lawyer to file an application for Grant of Probate/Grant of Letters of Administration on your behalf.
- Original Death Certificate of the Deceased
- Original Death Certificate of Spouse/Next-of-kin
- Original Inheritance Certificate ( Applicable for Muslim estate)
- To make a copy from the Original Death Certificate (s) and/or Inheritance certificate (Muslim estate)
- To be certified as a true copy by a Solicitor
- Please check with the Wills Registry at Public Trustee’s Office OR with family members/relatives if you are unsure if deceased left a Will.
- To make a copy from the Original Will
- To be certified as a true copy by a Solicitor in accordance with Paragraph 62(4)(b) of the FJC Practice Directions
Please refer to the attached comprehensive Probate & Administration Toolkit (1.2 MB) designed to cater to applicants in making simple applications for Grant of Letters of Administration or Grant of Probate.