Donna Withers

Head of Probate and Wills

Donna has over 10 years' experience in advising private clients on inheritance issues. She prepares wills and assists families with probate matters. She is passionate about protecting the wealth and welfare of elderly or otherwise vulnerable clients, having co-authored the Jersey chapter in the Oxford University Press textbook "The International Protection of Adults".

Before joining Bedell Cristin, she practised in the top tier Private Client department of an English law firm following which she advised in-house in a Jersey wealth structuring company. She continues to work alongside wealth management professionals in other jurisdictions in relation to international estate planning issues such as will planning, forced heirship and domicile and powers of attorney in addition to post death matters.

  • Solicitor* - England & Wales
  • Member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)


Areas of expertise
Industry focus
  • Co-authored the Jersey chapter in the Oxford University Press textbook "The International Protection of Adults".
  • We would like to thank you for your commitment, sensitivity and efficiency in finalising the Jersey estate. It has been quite complex for us being in Australia, and dealing with two different jurisdictions. You have made it much less stressful for us.
    Client of Bedell Cristin
Bedell Cristin's Head of Wills & Probate to speak at STEP 2017 conference on mental capacity
Wills and Estate Planning 23 Nov 2017 Jersey

Donna Withers, Head of Wills & Probate at Bedell Cristin, has been invited to speak at two STEP Special Interest Spotlight sessions being held on 30 November 2017 at The Montcalm, London.

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Bedell Cristin appoints new Partner in London and makes nine other promotions across the Group
04 Sep 2017 Jersey London Guernsey

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Jersey takes a step closer to modern mental capacity law
Briefings | 13 Aug 2018

The Capacity and Self Determination (Jersey) Law 2016 (the 'new Law') will come into force on 1 October 2018, radically altering the way in which mental health issues are dealt with in Jersey.

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Making a will in Jersey for Jersey domiciled individuals
Briefings | 26 Aug 2014

This briefing provides answers to some of the key questions which you may have regarding the need for you to make a will. It should be noted that this briefing only applies to individuals who are domiciled in Jersey.

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Wills & Successions (Amendment No.2) (Jersey) Law 2013
Briefings | 15 Jan 2014

The Wills & Successions (Jersey) Law 1993, as amended (the "Law") was the subject of a Report by Professor Meryl Thomas ("Professor Thomas") dated 12 October 2009, which was commissioned by the Jersey Community Relations Trust in 2009 (the "Report"). The Re...

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Making a will in Jersey for non-Jersey domiciled individuals
Briefings | 14 Jan 2013

This briefing explains when you should make a Jersey will if you are not domiciled in Jersey. It only deals with movable assets in Jersey and not, therefore, land or other immovable property situate in Jersey.

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Powers of attorney
Briefings | 14 Mar 2012

The Powers of Attorney (Jersey) Law 1995 (the "Powers of Attorney Law"), which came into force on 1 October 1995, effected a number of significant changes to the previous law on powers of attorney in the Island.

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Change in the Channel
Articles | 20 Apr 2018

Donna Withers, Head of Wills & Probate writes about the upcoming legislation in Jersey and how it is set to empower the island's vulnerable population. Published in the STEP Journal - April 2018.

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The hidden costs of DIY wills
Articles | 07 Sep 2017

It is often suggested that it is easy to write your own Will if your wishes are simple and your financial situation isn’t complicated - Donna Withers discusses. Published in Gallery Magazine - September 2017.

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Peace of mind
Articles | 15 Jun 2017

Donna Withers explores Jersey's new mental capacity law. Published in STEP Journal - June 2017.

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Jersey takes a step closer to modern mental capacity law
Articles | 16 Feb 2017

Donna Withers looks at a new law scheduled to come into force in April 2017 which will radically change the way the Island responds to mental health issues. Published in the JEP Law and Accountancy Review - 16 February 2017.

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