(Estate Administrator) A person legally appointed to manage and distribute a deceased person’s estate when he/she has left no will.


(Legalisation) An apostille or legalisation is an additional authentication of notarised documents, certifying their authenticity and making them legal or lawful at an international level.


A person or institution appointed by an individual to carry out the terms of his/her Will.


Genealogy is the study and investigation of family history. This involves tracing lines of descent from common ancestors to living members of a family.


(Grant of Probate and Grant of Letters of Administration)
a) A Grant of Probate is a legal document allowing the executor of an estate to collect/distribute the deceased’s assets according to his/her Will.

b) A Grant of Letters of Administration is a legal document allowing the administrator to collect/distribute the deceased’s assets when there is no Will.


When a person dies without having made a Will describing how they want their property to be disposed.


The next-of-kin represent the closest family members of a deceased person able to make a claim on their estate. This relationship is defined by law and depends on the jurisdiction of the estate. Please see our genealogical tree chart for a graphical explanation of family relationships.


(Notarize): The act of certifying the authenticity of a document, contract, signature, etc, as a notary public.

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document granting a person or persons the authority to act for another person in legal or financial matters.


A written document that outlines how a person wishes to have their property and personal possessions distributed at the time of their death