We have a long time experience in
drafting wills and advising on the requirements for valid bequests to be made
by testators to chosen beneficiaries. We are sensitive to the needs of testator
and are discreet in liaising and the handling the intended beneficiaries.
When a person passes away, he leaves
his estate behind for administration by his personal representatives. In the
event that the deceased leaves a will, his personal representative is generally
referred to as the executor and the administration of the deceased's estate is
governed by the terms of the will. Otherwise, the administration of the
deceased's estate is governed by the Intestate Succession Act (Cap. 146). The
administration of a deceased's estate involves the settlement of the deceased's
liabilities and thereafter, the final distribution of the remaining assets to
the beneficiaries of the deceased's estate.
Prior to the executor or the
personal representative administering the estate of the deceased, the law
requires that the executor or the personal representative apply and extract a
grant of probate (if there is a will) or a grant of letters of administration
(if there is no will) from the Courts.
Our lawyers assist in making the
necessary applications to the High Court for the resealing of foreign grants in
Singapore so as to allow foreign executors and/or personal representatives to
carry out their respective duties insofar as they relate to properties of the
deceased located in Singapore.
All personal representatives and
executors are trustees of the deceased's estate and as such, have duties in law
to fulfill. We are able to advise executors or personal representatives in
their duties and the manner in which their duties and responsibilities are
carried out properly.