Wills, Probate and Estate Planning

Our Global Wills, Probate and Estate Planning 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.

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.

The contacts for each law are listed below. For general queries (alongside all Jersey queries) please contact Victoria Grogan or Martyn Baudains for Guernsey Wills and Probate enquiries.

Jersey law key contacts

BVI law key contacts

Cayman law key contacts

Guernsey law key contacts

Services

Jersey law services

Will drafting and estate planning

  • for clients domiciled in Jersey
  • for international clients

See our Jersey wills portal to start making a simple Jersey will online today

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

  • Delegations
  • Local Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Registering foreign Powers of Attorney in Jersey

See our Jersey Lasting Power of Attorney portal to start making a simple Jersey LPA online today

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 company

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

  • for clients domiciled in Guernsey
  • for international clients

See our Guernsey wills portal to start making a simple Guernsey will online today

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
  • (in the near future) Guernsey Lasting Powers of Attorney

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