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.

Living Wills
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.

Cross-border issues
For international clients, we are able to assist in cross-border issues and the registration of foreign powers in Jersey.

Bedell Cristin is shortlisted for Offshore Firm of the Year in the Legal 500 UK Awards 2018
27 Nov 2017 Jersey Guernsey London Singapore BVI

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Bedell Cristin shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year - Jersey and Guernsey
16 Aug 2017 Jersey Guernsey

Bedell Cristin Jersey and Guernsey have been shortlisted for 'Law Firm of the Year' in the Citywealth IFC Awards 2018.

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Bedell Cristin finalist in two STEP categories
13 Jun 2017 BVI Guernsey Jersey London Singapore

Bedell Cristin is a finalist in two categories of the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards 2017/18.

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Bedell Cristin is shortlisted for Lawyer magazine award
11 May 2017 Jersey Guernsey London Singapore BVI

Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted for ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ in the prestigious annual awards organised by The Lawyer.

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Bedell Cristin's outstanding service secures European Award
10 Apr 2017 BVI Guernsey Jersey London Singapore

Bedell Cristin has been awarded the Offshore Client Service Award at the prestigious Chambers Europe Awards.

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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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Jersey probate for non-Jersey domiciliaries
Briefings | 11 Jan 2017

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.

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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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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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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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