Probate in Jersey

Resealing Grants of Probate in Jersey

When dealing with an estate where there are assets in Jersey it will usually be necessary to get a Jersey Grant of Probate (if there is a will) or a Jersey ‘Grant of Letters of Administration’ (where there is no will) in order to release the assets.

Can I reseal a Grant of Probate obtained in another country in Jersey?

Technically, it is not possible to “reseal” a Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration in Jersey. However, there is an alternative process called ‘fast-tracking’ which can be used if a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration has already been obtained from the UK, Guernsey or the Isle of Man. This fast track process is sometimes referred to as ‘resealing probate in Jersey’.

If a Grant has not been issued in one if these countries, a full application for a Jersey Probate will need to be made.

If you would like to make an application for a Jersey Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration under either the ‘fact track’ or the full Jersey Probate Application, we can help. Please contact us for a quote.

 

What is a fast-track Jersey probate?

The fast-track solution to obtain a Jersey Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration is available to estates where the deceased died domiciled in England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey or the Isle of Man and the corresponding Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration has already been obtained.  In these cases, it is possible to use the ‘fast-track’ the process.

The fast track service, as the name suggests, is quicker than the full application for a Jersey Probate.

Obtaining probate through the fast-track system in Jersey means that the application for a Jersey Grant of Probate does not need to be made in person by the executor (or by their appointed representative in Jersey under a power of attorney) unlike in the full application. Instead, the Executor or Administrator must sign an oath, which must be sworn before a solicitor or notary public and returned with the other necessary documentation. The application for probate will then be sent to the Jersey Registry.

If the deceased was not domiciled in England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey or the Isle of Man or no Grant has been obtained in these jurisdictions, the fast track process is not available, but we will still be able to assist so do not hesitate to contact us!

 

What documents are required to ‘Fast-Track’/ reseal a Grant of Probate in Jersey?

In order to fast-track a Grant of Probate in Jersey, in addition to the sworn oath, you will need to provide the following:

  • A court sealed and court certified copy of both the grant of probate and the will (or the letters of administration)
  • A copy of the death certificate
  • Information with regards to the source of wealth of the deceased
  • The value of the deceased’s assets in Jersey
  • Payment for the relevant amount of Stamp Duty

How long will it take to ‘Fast-Track’/ reseal a Grant of Probate in Jersey?

Once all the above documentation and information has been provided, the application for the Jersey Grant can be made. The Jersey Grant is typically issued within seven to ten days of the application having been made.

 

Is there Inheritance tax is Jersey?

There is no inheritance tax in Jersey, however “Stamp Duty” is payable when making the probate application. The amount of Jersey Stamp Duty is calculated in relation to the value of the estate assets located in Jersey. In addition, there is a court fee of £80.

The stamp duty and court fee must be paid when making the application for the Jersey probate, so funds must be available to cover this when the application is made and can’t be paid from the Jersey assets. 

If you need assistance with the administration of assets in Jersey, contact us on 01244 480339 or email info@worlwidelawyers.co.uk and we’ll be happy to assist you and provide a no-obligation quote.

 

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