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Q : Transfer ownership of strata title from deceased owner
Category : Legal and Finance       Location : Any/No Specific Location
What is the legal procedure of transfer ownership of strata title from deceased owner? I am going to purchase a sub-sale apartment and realized that the title is under deceased owner (seller's relative).
By Lim Fong Yoon, 13-Mar-2012.

 
Raymond Chu answered : 12-Apr-2012.
First, a petition for probate will have to be filed into Court where a will is proved. Otherwise, letters of administration need to be filed. Not mentioned whether the relative has power of attorney to sell. Can be a problem and also whether a trust deed had been made earlier. All in, can be 3 years or so before you see the grant of probate ready for the executors to do the necessary.
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Hon WL answered : 17-Mar-2012.
Hi, if the legal process to get ownership transfer from the deceased have not started then it may take 2-3 years depending how good the lawyer is. You may understand the process nut the process take a lot of time and followup in which you may not be in control. If there is a very strong reason/s why you need to buy this property now in which no other alternative is available and you are willing to wait for 2-3years to get the house then you may proceed . Otherwise pls buy property that is easier to deal with. Rgrds HON
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Shirley Chong answered : 15-Mar-2012.
The seller's family have to apply from Estate Distribution Department to allocate the deceased share portion to his/her (deceased) family members. This process took almost 1 or 2 years to complete. Thereafter the strata title has to register under the deceased family member. Once all the process was completed and Strata Title was registered and provided all the family members of this property agreed to sell it, then you can proceed to purchase this property.
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