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Wills in Jersey

Why is making a will important?

Nobody likes to think about death, particularly their own. However, making preparations for your death has many advantages. Is now the right time for you to create yours?

To will or not to will?

The primary benefit of creating a will is that you get to decide, within certain parameters set out by Jersey law, who you wish to inherit your assets. Viberts can support those wishing to create or review a will for both domiciled and non-domiciled persons for those who have assets located in Jersey.

Our experienced personal law team has helped islanders make their wishes known through the creation of a will.  The nine most common reasons for an individual to make a will are:

  • To save a lot of trouble, expense, and delay after you die
  • To appoint a guardian for your children
  • To make financial provision for your childrens’ upkeep and education
  • To make sure there are no arguments in the family
  • So a spouse’s or civil partner’s family don’t get everything if you both die together
  • To prevent the government or anyone else deciding where your assets will go
  • If you are unmarried neither of you will benefit if the other one dies

Guides about making a will in Jersey

For more on the importance of making a will, lasting power of attorney, and digital assets, see our informative guides below:

What is probate?

Viberts assists individuals, law firms and institutions to obtain grants of probate in Jersey in order to release the asset(s) held here.

Where a person dies domiciled outside of Jersey, but has assets within the island, a Jersey grant of probate (where there is a will) or letters of administration (where there is no will) is required by any Jersey financial institution holding assets with a value of over £10,000, before those assets are released.

Where the assets held in Jersey are under £10,000, the Jersey financial institution may accept a grant of probate or letters of administration or the equivalent, issued by a court in the jurisdiction of domicile of the deceased.

Follow the links below to find out more about Probate in Jersey and our services:

Creating a will during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

In response to COVID-19, our Personal Law team are currently taking all necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of personnel, suppliers and clients.

Essential services, such as the creation and witnessing of a will, are still available at this time.

Updated: April 2nd 2020

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to making a will, please get in touch. Together we can look at your personal circumstances and advise on the best solution for you.

Call us now on +44 (0) 1534 632263 to speak to a member of our personal law team.

Or email Karla Summers-Shaw to arrange a voice or video callback and help answer any particular queries you may have.

 

Contact Us

+44 (0) 1534 888666 personal@viberts.com

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Top 9 reasons to make a will

  1. To save a lot of trouble, expense and delay after you die;
  2. To appoint a guardian for your children;
  3. To make financial provision for your childrens’ upkeep and education;
  4. To make sure there are no arguments in the family;
  5. So a spouse’s or civil partner’s family don’t get everything if you both die together;
  6. To prevent the government or anyone else deciding where your assets will go;
  7. If you are unmarried neither of you will benefit if the other one dies;
  8. Because you have children from previous relationships you want to make sure your own children don’t lose out;
  9. To make provision for an elderly or disabled relative.
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