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Estate planning, Wills and probate

Estate Planning, Wills and Probate

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Our global Estate Planning, Wills and Probate team has specialists in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey and Jersey law who advise on all aspects of wills and probate legislation, including powers of attorney. We provide a responsive, clear and compassionate service to clients and their advisers.

We have the largest specialist Estate Planning, Wills and Probate team across our jurisdictions, which is ranked in the top tier across all leading directories. Our global team works together seamlessly to provide a joined-up service to clients with assets across a number of our jurisdictions.

The BVI, Cayman, Guernsey and Jersey each have their own wills and probate legislation and procedures, which are separate and quite different from those in other jurisdictions. There are also different procedures to follow when administering an estate depending on where an individual was domiciled.

It is essential therefore to get specialist advice if you're responsible for administering an estate in one of these jurisdictions, or an estate with assets in these jurisdictions.

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BVI law services

Will drafting for non-BVI domiciled clients

Advising on the formal validity requirement of BVI Will for non-BVI domiciled individuals.

Probate and letters of administration applications for non-BVI domiciled clients

  • advising on the application procedure - time and cost
  • advising on the priority of grant entitlement
  • drafting all the required application documents
  • attending to the queries raised by the Registrar

Application to rectify the register of members

This may be required if the deceased was the sole shareholder and sole director of the BVI companies.

Estate administration of non-BVI domiciled clients

  • liaising with the registered agent for share transfer, drafting board resolution and instrument of transfer, reviewing the updated register of members
  • advising on the duties and liabilities of personal representative

Advising on BVI private international law in respect of wills and estates

Cayman law services

Will drafting and estate planning

  • for clients domiciled in the Cayman Islands
  • for international clients

Probate applications, estate administration and executorship

  • for Cayman Islands domiciled estates
  • for international clients

Inheritance advice

  • advising executors / heirs / beneficiaries as to their legal entitlements / duties

Mental capacity

  • drafting and advising on advance health care directives
Guernsey law services

Will drafting and estate planning

Probate applications, estate administration and executorship

  • for Guernsey domiciled estates
  • for international clients

Inheritance advice

  • advising executors/heirs/beneficiaries as to their legal entitlements/duties, dealing with issues arising

Court applications

  • to vary or rectify a will
  • registration of wills of realty
  • administration orders

Capacity

  • guardianship applications
  • registering foreign lasting powers of attorney
  • Guernsey lasting powers of attorney
Jersey law services

Will drafting and estate planning

Probate applications, estate administration and executorship

  • for Jersey-domiciled estates
  • for international clients

Inheritance advice

  • advising executors/heirs/beneficiaries as to their legal entitlements/duties, dealing with issues

Court applications

  • to vary or rectify a will
  • to apply for legitime (forced heirship)

Mental capacity

Estate Planning, Wills and Probate

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