Mental Capacity, Curatorship, Elderly and Vulnerable Clients
We often advise clients on legal and financial matters arising as they care for vulnerable family members. Where there are no family members who are able to act as Curator / Delegate, we may be able to take this responsibility, giving our clients peace of mind that their affairs are being handled to the highest professional and ethical standards.
Powers of Attorney
We are increasingly advising clients who wish to plan for the future and the possibility of a time when they may be no longer able to manage their own affairs. Powers of Attorney are often used in families to delegate responsibility for the management of financial affairs when the donor (the person giving the power) wishes to take a step back from such responsibilities. Unfortunately, Powers of Attorney do not survive the supervening incapacity of the donor. However, this is set to change. Lasting Powers of Attorney, which survive incapacity, will become available in Jersey following the introduction of the new Capacity and Self-Determination Law.
A Living Will or Advance Directive enables you to set out your healthcare and welfare choices in the event you are no longer able to make or communicate such decisions for yourself. You may also appoint a healthcare proxy to whom healthcare professionals should consult when caring for you.
For international clients, we are able to assist in cross-border issues and the registration of foreign powers in Jersey.
Bedell Cristin Jersey and Guernsey have been shortlisted for 'Law Firm of the Year' in the Citywealth IFC Awards 2018.
Bedell Cristin is a finalist in two categories of the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards 2017/18.
Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted for ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ in the prestigious annual awards organised by The Lawyer.
Bedell Cristin has been awarded the Offshore Client Service Award at the prestigious Chambers Europe Awards.
The Capacity and Self Determination (Jersey) Law 2016 (the 'new Law') has been approved by the States of Jersey and is expected to come into force in April 2018, radically altering the way in which mental health issues are dealt with in Jersey.
The purpose of this document is to provide general information and outline how to apply for a Jersey Grant of Probate or Administration for non-Jersey domiciled deceased estates.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Donna Withers explores Jersey's new mental capacity law. Published in STEP Journal - June 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.