Probate and Administration Act
(CHAPTER 251)

(Original Enactment: Ordinance 24 of 1934)

REVISED EDITION 2000
(1st July 2000)
An Act relating to the grant of probate and letters of administration.
[1st January 1935]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Probate and Administration Act.
Interpretation
2.  In this Act, unless there is something repugnant in the subject or context —
“court” means the High Court or a Family Court;
[Act 27 of 2014 wef 01/01/2015]
[Deleted by Act 27 of 2014 wef 01/01/2015]

“letters of administration” means a grant under the seal of the court issuing the same, authorising the person or persons therein named to administer an intestate’s estate in accordance with law;

“letters of administration with the will annexed” means a grant under the seal of the court issuing the same, authorising the person or persons therein named to administer a testator’s estate in compliance with the directions contained in his will, and in accordance with law;

“prescribed form” means the form prescribed by rules made under any law for the time being in force relating to the courts;

“probate” means a grant under the seal of the court issuing the same, authorising the executor or executors expressly or impliedly appointed by a testator’s will, or one or more of them, to administer the testator’s estate in compliance with the directions contained in his will, and in accordance with law;

“probate action” means a cause or matter in which a probate application is contested by any person, and includes any application to alter or revoke the grant of any probate or letters of administration;
[42/2005 wef 01/01/2006]
“probate application” means an application for a grant of probate or letters of administration, and “probate applicant” shall be construed accordingly;
[42/2005 wef 01/01/2006]
“Public Trustee” means the Public Trustee appointed under the Public Trustee Act (Cap. 260) and includes a Deputy Public Trustee and an Assistant Public Trustee appointed under that Act;
[6/2004 wef 08/03/2004]
[Act 44 of 2014 wef 31/12/2014]
“registrar” means the registrar of the Family Justice Courts;
[Act 27 of 2014 wef 01/01/2015]
“will” includes any codicil or other testamentary document.
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