How long does it usually take to extract the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration in Singapore?

 

How long is this going to take?

This tends to be the question that’s first and foremost on most people’s mind when they approach a probate lawyer in Singapore for the first time. In this day and age, everybody wants instant gratification.

Unfortunately, extracting the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration in Singapore does take some time. Your probate lawyer has to make certain applications to the Singapore courts first, and filing these documents usually depend on the client providing all the relevant documents promptly.

After receiving all the requisite details, your lawyer can then file the documents for you, and generally, you’ll be able to receive the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration four to six weeks later.

The process isn’t always that straightforward though. Sometimes, in very unfortunate situations, it may take more than half a year to receive the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.

For example, there may be cases where it is difficult to find the correct person to administer the estate. The appropriate person may refuse to do the job or may have simple disappeared off the face of the earth. In such situations, citation proceedings may have to be taken out first before it is possible to extract the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. These proceedings tend to be take up a lot more time, usually about 3-4 months.

However, these types of cases tend to be few and far between in Singapore. More often than not, in uncomplicated probate cases, you should be able to get your Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration within 4-6 weeks.


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