If you are a non-Jersey Resident, we provide a wealth of probate legal expertise for applications of foreign estates in Jersey.

Jersey Probate Application for Foreign Estates (non-UK, Guernsey or the Isle of Man domicile)

Parslows are Jersey probate specialists.

Many individuals from around the world hold assets in Jersey, in particular bank accounts or investments. These assets may, for example, have been based in the United Kingdom, but subsequently moved to Jersey following restructure by the financial institution.

As Jersey is independent of the United Kingdom, an application for probate or letters of administration must be made to the Royal Court of Jersey Probate division to release assets situated here.

If you are an executor, administrator or beneficiary responsible for dealing with foreign assets, our international estate lawyers help you to navigate the Jersey legal requirements to release the Jersey assets.

How to apply for Jersey probate?

To apply for Jersey probate, you must make an application in one of the following ways:

  • through a trust corporation/ law firm, such as Parslows Executors Limited
  • by personal application with the appropriate person coming to Jersey
  • by personal application with the appropriate person giving power of attorney to a third party (who can more easily travel to the Island)
Can we reseal a grant of probate from our country to speed up the Jersey probate application?

It is not possible to re-seal a Grant of Probate in Jersey, and, as such, you must make a full application for a Jersey Grant of Probate.

Can we use the fast track probate route to process to release the Jersey assets?

It is only possible to use the fast track Jersey Probate route if the deceased died domiciled in the United Kingdom, Guernsey or the Isle of Man.

I have obtained probate in the United Kingdom and, as such, can I not use this to release the Jersey assets?

Jersey is independent of the United Kingdom with its own government, laws and courts. As such, a grant of probate is required from the Jersey probate court to release jersey assets.

What documents are required for Jersey probate?

The following documents are required to make a probate application in Jersey:

  • a certified copy of the death certificate.
  • a Court sealed and certified copy of the Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration) or equivalent, from the deceased’s country of domicile. This must bear the original court seal and certification to confirm that it is a true copy (it should be noted that from certain jurisdictions, we are able to accept a notarised copy of such document, provided that the original was prepared by a Notary)
  • a Court sealed and certified copy of the Will (if the deceased dies testate) bearing the original seal and certification from the issuing Court or Notary to confirm that it is a true copy. An exemplification copy will usually suffice
  • copy correspondence from the Jersey financial institution requesting probate before releasing funds, confirming details of the Jersey assets maintained by the deceased and the date of death value

it should be noted that all probate documentation will be retained permanently by the Probate Registrar in Jersey.

Is any other information required before making the Jersey probate application?

To enable us to proceed with the application we will require the following confirmations:

  • that the deceased did not have any other assets or liabilities in Jersey
  • that the deceased never resided in Jersey
  • that the deceased has no tax liability in Jersey
  • that the deceased left no other Wills or Codicils

Other confirmations may be required depending upon the circumstances.

Is inheritance tax applicable in Jersey?

Jersey does not have an inheritance tax, but it does levy a stamp duty. You should consult with an appropriate professional in the deceased country as the deceased estate may be liable for inheritance tax or equivalent under the laws of their country of domicile.

Is stamp duty payable to apply for probate in Jersey?

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 Nil
£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.

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 probate application in Jersey.

While fast track nor re-sealing procedures are not available to executors, administrators or beneficiaries from other countries, our team members are experts in their field. We offer a wealth of experience assisting you as quickly, efficiently, and affordably as possible to release the Jersey assets.

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