The location of the person’s domicile, residence and nationality can all impact on the due administration of a deceased's estate.

Once both the domicile and residence are known, Sinels can advise on the process and paperwork the appointed person will need to follow to reach settlement of the estate as quickly as possible.

Location of Assets

Sinels advise on and will act on all requirements and applications for probate, whether in Jersey or in other jurisdictions. Orders of the local courts in each of the relevant jurisdictions will be needed for the transfer of assets to be completed within those locations. It’s important to have a clear idea of all the assets and their location and it really helps to have separate wills for each jurisdiction.

Jersey Law

Probate applications that are made through the Jersey court require the attendance in person of either the executor or a Jersey advocate. Since the settling of cross-border estates can at times be complex, it can happen that the Jersey court makes a request that a special requirement is fulfilled before the probate is granted. Sinels have full knowledge of Jersey probate law and can advise on both straightforward and more complex probate matters.

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Will Disputes

Disputes regarding the will of a loved one who has died can arise through either a conflict among the beneficiaries of an estate or through an executor’s apparent incapacity or failure to act in accord with the wishes of the deceased or adhere to the requirements of probate. Sinels can be a calm presence and advisory stalwart in the most contentious of will disputes, even those involving bitterness, hostility, coercion and fraud, all of which we have experienced.

Advice on the Duties and Rights of Executors and Beneficiaries

Given the responsibility for distribution of a deceased person’s estate which may cover assets in a number of countries, may involve debt and expenses, and may require court filings in multiple jurisdictions it is a commitment not to be taken lightly. In understanding the rights and duties of both executors and beneficiaries in the settlement of deceased estates, Sinels is a trusted ally.

Probate Applications

Private wealth and the affairs of wealthy individuals and families often have an international dimension. There are often quite significant undertakings to fulfil the last wishes of a loved one’s estate including, in Jersey and similar jurisdictions, applying for a Grant of Probate. For the appointed person, this provides the legal right to administer the estate. This process is commonly referred to as probate.

Will Drafting

The formal process of drafting a will is more than a matter of reducing a person’s wishes to writing. Sinels will advise on the implications and wisdom of provisions with regards to administrative expenses, clarity of language, and on outcomes which are, and which are not within a person’s control once they have passed over.