Parslows will relieve the stress of the Probate process with specialist assistance from our expert team.

Probate for Jersey residents

As Jersey probate specialists, Parslows assist Jersey residents with applications for probate in Jersey and estate administration.

A grant of probate for Jersey residents legally allows you to administer the personal property (movable estate) held in Jersey of someone who has died. If a valid Will hasn’t been left, you’ll need a grant of probate or letters of administration.​

We provide a tailored service offering exactly as much assistance or advice as you need. Our Jersey probate lawyers can assist with as much or as little of the Jersey probate process as you like. We can obtain a Grant of Probate for Jersey residents, obtain letters of administration if they died without a Will, or you can pass all of your executor duties on to us.

Whether you are an executor or administrator responsible for dealing with the deceased assets, our Jersey probate lawyers are here to help you to navigate the Jersey legal requirements to release the assets.

How to apply for Jersey probate where the deceased is a Jersey resident?

Applications for a grant of probate are often made through a Jersey lawyer, but you can make a personal application if you’re the executor named in the Will.

Can I use money in the estate to pay debts and other expenses before I obtain a Grant of Probate or letters of administration?

It is not permitted under Jersey law to administer the Jersey estate until you have obtained a Grant of Probate or letters of administration.

What documents do I need to apply for my appliCation for probate in Jersey?
  • original Will with any codicils
  • original death certificate, interim death certificate or letter of fact of death (from the Deputy Viscount)
  • confirmation of the value of assets and debts (at date of death)
What documents do I need to apply for Jersey letters of administration?
  • original death certificate, interim death certificate or letter of fact of death (from the Deputy Viscount)
  • confirmation of the value of assets and debts (at date of death)
Does the deceased estate have to pay a stamp duty to process the Jersey Probate application?

Stamp duty is payable to the Jersey Probate Court when the application for Jersey Probate is made. It is charged at the rate of 0.5% of the value of the Jersey assets (which is rounded up to the nearest £10,000 for probate purposes) on estates with a value of up to £100,000 and at a rate of £75 per additional £10,000 thereafter, namely:

Value of Estate Stamp Duty
£00.00 – £10,000 Nill
£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

For each £10,000 thereafter (or part thereof) add £75.

The Probate Registrar will also levy a flat stamp duty fee on all applications. This is presently £80.

When is the value of the Jersey assets valued?

For calculating Jersey stamp duty the value of the Jersey assets will be calculated as at the date of death.

Typical assets may include:

  • ​money held in bank accounts and the Co-op
  • stocks and shares
  • insurance policies
  • cars
  • collections
  • share transfer property
How long does a Jersey probate application take?

Once we have received the required documents from you Jersey probate Court usually takes about 5 working days to process the Jersey probate application.

What is Jersey probate policy regarding discharged bankrupts being executors to a Jersey estate?

The Jersey probate policy of not allowing a discharged bankrupt to be appointed as the executor of an estate is long-standing and until recently has been without exceptions.

A recent case has been brought to determine whether this Jersey probate policy is absolute, or whether exceptions may be permitted. The Court has now stated that exceptions will be permitted and set out the factors which will likely be taken into account in determining whether a discharged bankrupt is suitable to be appointed as a Jersey executor (without limitation as there may be others):

  • the length of time the bankruptcy continued
  • how long ago the discharge took place
  • whether there is any evidence of mal-practice leading up to the bankruptcy or during the bankruptcy
  • how much was involved

In the case in question the Royal Court determined that it was appropriate for the discharged bankrupt in question to be appointed as executor.

What our clients say

“Utmost exhibition in professionalism …”

Anna handled my case with the utmost exhibition in professionalism, going the extra mile in ensuring I remained up-to-date on even the slightest of progression, as explicitly requested from the start. Whilst the whole matter appeared rather complex, Anna did a superb job simplifying what was required from me whilst catering to challenges that were unique to my situation. I confidently recommend using their services for your legal needs.

Probate May 24, 2022

“Proactive and superb …”

Anna, I wanted to thank you for all the great work and for proactively keeping me in the loop along the way - you've been superb.

Probate May 16, 2022

“Fast, efficient and helpful …”

I needed to file probate in Jersey and chose Parslows, at random, from the list of potential lawyers there. Throughout the process, Parslows were fast, efficient and helpful. Their charging structure was clear and they achieved everything I needed in a very short time. I would recommend this company to anyone needing Jersey legal service.

Probate February 24, 2022

“Impressed with the speed and professionalism …”

Thank you for the excellent news and for all your help in this matter Natalie. I've been very impressed with the speed and professionalism of Parslows' service and will definitely contact you if I need any further legal help in Jersey.

Probate February 17, 2022

“Excellent and professional …”

Anna did an excellent and professional job on a complicated inheritance matter. My English is not so good, but the contact via email helped me a lot. Anna answered my questions very quickly and clearly and always kept me up to date. Thank you for your support, it was a pleasure working with you.

Probate February 2, 2022

“So much easier with your help …”

Thank you so much for all your assistance. You have made this process a lot easier than I feared it would be.

Probate January 11, 2022

“Extremely happy …”

Our client is extremely happy with what has been achieved for her and has confirmed that the funds have reached her Thai bank account. One again, many thanks for your professionalism and help to bring this matter to a successful conclusion.

Probate November 23, 2021

“Thank you for dealing so expeditiously …”

May we also at this stage thank you for dealing with this this matter so expeditiously on behalf of our Client and which has now been brought to a successful conclusion.

Probate November 15, 2021

“Extremely efficient …”

I have now received the probate certificate safely and thank you very much for your help in getting it for us. You have been extremely efficient and it has been greatly appreciated. I will have no hesitation in recommending Parslows.

Probate September 28, 2021

“Precise, polite and incredibly adept …”

Anna, thank you. How nice to deal with someone who is precise, polite and incredibly adept.  A pleasure to deal with, well done.

Probate July 13, 2021

“Your help with the estate was really appreciated …”

Natalie, your help with the estate was really appreciated by both us, including your wise words in the latest email.

Thanks again for the way you have helped and engaged with us.

Probate June 17, 2021

“I can finally relax …”

I can finally relax now thanks to you ..... Thank you again Anna for your services and attention to detail, keeping me in the loop.

Probate December 21, 2020

“You made my life so much easier …”

Hello Anna, may I take this opportunity to thank you very much for your prompt attention and for all you have done in helping me with and explaining all I had to do to acquire the Letters of Administration in the Jersey Court, you made my life so much easier at such a difficult time.

Probate November 16, 2020

“You made the process very straightforward …”

Thanks very much for all your help in this matter Anna.  You made the process very straightforward for the Executors.

Probate August 3, 2020

“I have no hesitation in recommending you …”

Natalie, thank you for all your assistance in this matter. Should we ever need another Jersey Grant I will have no hesitation in coming back to you.

Probate January 22, 2020

“Prompt, courteous and professional manner …”

Dear Anna, The original Jersey Grant of Probate has arrived safely. Thank you for dealing with the grant in a prompt, courteous and professional manner.

Probate November 18, 2019

“You have been incredibly efficient …”

Just a quick email to thank you [Natalie] very much for all your help and assistance with regard to the application of the Jersey grant. You have been incredibly efficient and I will make sure that myself and my team instruct you in future when requiring a Jersey grant.

Probate October 14, 2019

“You have been extremely patient and very helpful …”

Many thanks much appreciated ... You have been extremely patient and very helpful and I would like to thank you for your efforts.

Probate June 17, 2019

“No hesitation in contacting you again in the future …”

Many thanks and your service is much appreciated. We thank you for the efficient manner in which our business has been attended to and shall have no hesitation in contacting you again in the future should we require the assistance of a solicitor in Jersey.

Probate June 11, 2019

“It is greatly appreciated …”

I would like to thank you for all your help and assistance over the past few months, it is greatly appreciated.

Probate April 18, 2019