Procedure for Getting Letters of Administration in Uganda

1. A close adult relative should obtain a death certificate and a letter from the Local Council stating the deceased’s death.

2. The close adult relative uses the death certificate and letter to report the death to the Administrator General within 14 days of the death.

The Administrator General checks that,

– The close adult relative is the proper person to have Letters of Administration.

– The information given in the report of death is accurate.

– There are no other persons with a claim to the deceased’s property.

3. The Administrator General gives the close adult relative a Certificate of No Objection.

4. The close adult relative takes the Certificate of No Objection to a court to apply for Letters of Administration to manage the deceased’s property.

5. The value of the deceased’s property determines which court the close adult relative applies to.

6. The close adult relative places an advertisement in the newspaper that s/he has applied to court to for Letters of Administration.

7. Anyone who wishes to complain about the applications for Letters of Administration must file a complaint with the same court within 14 days of the advertisement being placed.

8. If a complaint is filed, the court will hear the case and decide how to manage the estate.

9. If no complaint is filed, the court grants the close adult relative the Letters of Administration.

10. The letters give permission to manage the deceased’s property. Now the close adult relative is called the Administrator.

11. The Administrator may then manage and distribute the property of the deceased.

12. Within six months of receiving the Letters of Administration, the Administrator must file a true list of the deceased’s property with the court.

13. Within one year of receiving the Letters of Administration, the Administrator must file another list describing how the property was distributed.

14. Once all the deceased’s property has been managed, the Administrator must file a final report with the court.

Documents:

-Report of death to the Administrator General.

-Certificate of No Objection.

-Petition for letters of Administrations supported by an affidavit.

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