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I. Preliminary issues to be considered (with or without a Will)
What are the differences between an estate with a Will and an estate without a Will (in relation to the Grant of Representation)?
Under what circumstances can a Will be revoked?
II. Making a Will
What are the formalities of making a Will?
What other matters should be considered before making a Will?
I have lost all my love and affection for my wife. I plan to leave nothing to her without even mentioning her name in my Will. Can I do that?
III. Abolition of Estate Duty and the procedures for applying for a Grant of Representation
What are the new procedures for applying for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration?
If the applicant subsequently finds more assets of the deceased after submitting the documents to the Probate Registry, what should he/she do?
If the value of the deceased's estate does not exceed $50,000, will the application procedure be different?
What happen if the value of the estate exceeds $50,000 but does not exceed $150,000?
How does one avoid intermeddling of the estate (handling the estate without permission) after abolition of the Estate Duty?
IV. Searching for a Will and gaining access to the deceased's safe deposit box in a bank
How to get access to the deceased's safe deposit box in a bank?
When and how can the executor/administrator remove the items inside the deceased's safe deposit box at a bank?
How to collect and to take inventory of the deceased's personal belongings if they are not kept inside the deceased's safe deposit box at the bank?
V. Distribution of estate to the relevant parties
If the creditors fail to get back the money from the executor/administrator/beneficiary after the death of a person (i.e. the debtor), how can the creditors protect themselves and chase for repayment?
The allocation of estate has been clearly set out in a Will. Can this prevent all the disputes which may come out during the distribution process?
If the deceased made no Will, how can the relevant estate be distributed?
VI. Case illustration
Preliminary issues to be considered (with or without a Will)
Making a Will
Abolition of Estate Duty and the procedures for applying for a Grant of Representation
Searching for a Will and gaining access to the deceased's safe deposit box in a bank
Distribution of estate to the relevant parties
Updated on 17 September 2010
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