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Probate is the term used both for the Grant of Probate itself and the process involved in applying for the right to deal with the estate of someone who has passed away.
The person who is named as the person to carry out the administration of a Will is called an Executor. An Administrator is the person appointed as the personal representative for a person who died without making a Will or naming someone to administer their estate.
A Court sealed and certified copy of the Grant (or equivalent document in the relevant jurisdiction), Will and any Codicils is proved before the Royal Court of Jersey. Once the Grant of Probate is issued the Executor/Administrator of the estate can proceed with the administration of the Jersey Estate.
A Court sealed and certified copy of the Letters of Administration (or equivalent document in the relevant jurisdiction) is proved before the Royal Court of Jersey. Once the Letters of Administration are issued, the Administrator can administer the Jersey Estate. If probate is not being applied for in the jurisdiction that the deceased was domiciled, we would need to find out who is entitled to administer the estate according to the laws of the deceased’s country of domicile.
If the deceased had Jersey assets with a total value in excess of £30,000, then an application has to be made for a Jersey Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration. The asset holder has discretion to release the funds if they are below this threshold and if certain conditions are met.
It is not possible to use a Grant of Probate issued in another country in Jersey and therefore you must make a full application for a Jersey Grant of Probate. This can be done in person or by appointing an Advocate to act as your Attorney to make the application on your behalf. There are different rules which apply if the deceased was domiciled in the United Kingdom.
Domicile will usually be the place where someone has lived and intended to stay for the rest of his or her life. It is important to know the domicile of the person who has died because the law of that country governs about who can administer their estate.
We can provide you with expert advice in all areas of probate work, including the administration of a deceased person’s estate and the necessary applications for probate.
There are no death duties, estate duty, inheritance tax or capital gains tax in Jersey. Stamp duty is payable upon application for the Grant of Probate at a rate of 0.5% of the value of the assets at the date of death. This is rounded up to the nearest £10,000 on estates up to £100,000. For estates over the value of £100,000, there is a rate of £75 per each additional £10,000.
|Value (at date of death||Stamp duty|
|£00.00 - £10,000||Nil|
|£10,001 - £20,000||£100|
|£20,001 - £30,000||£150|
|£30,001 - £40,000||£200|
|£40,001 - £50,000||£250|
|£50,001 - £60,000||£300|
|£60,001 - £70,000||£350|
|£70,001 - £80,000||£400|
|£80,001 - £90,000||£450|
|£90,001 - £100,000||£500|
Then, for each £10,000, add £75.
There is a maximum charge of £100,000 stamp duty which was introduced with effect from 1 January 2013.
The Probate Registrar will also charge a flat stamp duty fee of £80 on all applications. The Royal Court Probate Department may charge an additional fee for reviewing paperwork before an application which varies depending upon the number of papers to be reviewed, but normally is a minimum of £75.
If you would like more information about applying for a Grant of Probate, contact our Estate Planning, Wills, and Probate team who can help you in all aspects of your application.
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This client briefing has been prepared for clients and professional associates of Ogier. The information and expressions of opinion which it contains are not intended to be a comprehensive study or to provide legal advice and should not be treated as a substitute for specific advice concerning individual situations.
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