A Caveat is a mechanism for preventing the making of a Jersey Grant. Caveats are lodged with the Registrar of Probate.
Any person who has an interest in the movable estate of a deceased person and who wishes to oppose the making of a Grant may lodge a Caveat.
You must have grounds for lodging a Caveat. For example you are concerned that someone who is not entitled to administer the estate may attempt to do so or that there is prima facie evidence that someone is attempting to register a will which has been superseded.
A Caveat is effective for 6 months from the date it is lodged with the Judicial Greffe. A Caveat can be renewed in writing on or before the expiry date.
If you have lodged the Caveat it can either be withdrawn by writing to the Registrar of Probate, within the 6-month period or simply be letting it lapse at the end of the six-month period.
Any person whose application for a Grant has been stopped by a Caveat may apply to the Royal Court to have it lifted.
A list of current Caveats is displayed on the external public notice board of the Royal Court.
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