Wills & Probate
Our team offers comprehensive private client advice to individuals and their families and has built lasting relationships over many years. The team has considerable experience advising clients on the most effective legal structures available for managing their wealth and its safe transfer to the next generation.
Wills and Estate Planning
A professionally drafted Will is the cornerstone of estate planning. It ensures your wishes will be dealt with in the best possible manner with careful consideration to family and financial circumstances. Whether your estate is straightforward, or if there are complications such as particular family sensitivities, complex structures, business assets or cross-border issues, our private client team is on hand to help you structure your affairs.
Please click here to find out more about our Wills and Estate Planning service.
Probate, Executorship, Inheritance and Estates
There can be a lot to do and consider when someone passes away. From advising on issues such as inheritance rights, foreign assets or problems with Wills, to assisting with practical matters such as funeral arrangements, our private client team has helped clients with a wide spectrum of legal, financial and practical matters for many years.
Please click here to find out more about how we can help with Probate, Executorship, Inheritance and Estates.
Mental Capacity, Delegates (formerly Curatorship), Elderly and Vulnerable Clients
With today’s growing elderly population, there are many more clients who need help with the management of their legal and financial affairs. We are able to assist with Delegate appointments and cross-border Power of Attorney issues for vulnerable clients, reducing the onerous task for their spouses and families.
Please click here to find out more about our Mental Capacity, Delegates (formerly Curatorship), Elderly and Vulnerable Client services.
A great team with strength in depth.Legal 500 2015
Excellent service and extremely responsive.Chambers 2015
Excellent lawyers who are always available to provide technically sound and pragmatic advice in a timely manner.Legal 500 2016
Donna Withers, Head of Wills & Probate writes about how Jersey's new mental capacity law further protects vulnerable clients in this month's STEP Journal.
The Formal Validity of Wills (Persons Dying Abroad) Law 2018 (‘Law’) came into force in the Cayman Islands (‘Cayman’) on 1 February 2019.
Donna Withers, head of wills & probate at Bedell Cristin, to speak at STEP event on 'The New Capacity Law in Jersey - opportunities, responsibilities and when it all goes wrong'. The presentation will be held at the Pomme d'Or Hotel, Jersey on 17 January ...
For the first time, a financial institution in Jersey has been sentenced in the Royal Court for the offence of intermeddling under the Probate (Jersey) Law 1998 ("the Probate Law"). This article explains the lessons to be learnt.
A new piece of legislation introducing lasting powers of attorney ("LPAs") to Jersey is a welcome addition to the Island’s legal framework.
Making a Will and keeping it up to date is something we all know we should do, and something that often gets postponed. Here we take a short look at why it’s important to keep your Will under review, the events which mean you should consider whether to chan...
Jane Needham from Bedell Cristin was recently sworn in at Jersey's Royal Court.
Bedell Cristin's leading commercial property team in Jersey has advised on the purchase of the new landmark Next Department Store. The store has recently been redeveloped, having previously formed part of De Gruchy's Department Store, which is a landmark Je...
The Beneficial Ownership of Legal Persons (Guernsey) Law, 2017 (the "Law") came into force on 15 August 2017.
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 management buyout of Bedell Trust has completed following regulatory approvals. As a result, Bedell Cristin is now a wholly separate business to Bedell Trust.
Bedell Cristin has appointed Advocate Kate Ovenden as the new Managing Partner of its award winning Guernsey office.
Bedell Cristin has been shortlisted in the prestigious STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) Private Client Awards for 2015.
Bedell has been shortlisted in the ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ category in the prestigious Asian Legal Business SE Asia Awards 2015 for the third consecutive year.
Bedell Crsitin has been shortlisted for a further industry awards adding to the accolades achieved to date this year.
Bedell has been recognised in a number of industry awards.
We are pleased to announce our membership of the World Services Group (WSG) representing both Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. We are looking forward to working with other member firms and developing our membership.
Bedell Cristin has been named ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014.
Under Jersey law there is currently an inequality between the rights of a widow on the testate death of her husband and the rights of a widower on the testate death of his wife, to a life enjoyment of their deceased spouse's immovable estate.
1 January 2015 will be a key date in many forthcoming disputes between landlords and tenants as to who is to bear the cost of replacing air conditioning systems.
When somebody dies leaving assets in Guernsey the deceased's personal representative needs to apply to the Ecclesiastical Court in Guernsey for a grant of representation in order to properly deal with their assets (known as their estate). This Briefings set...
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.
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 Capacity and Self-Determination (Jersey) Law 2016 (the "Capacity Law"), which came into effect on 1 October 2018, has introduced lasting powers of attorney ("LPA") to Jersey. A Jersey LPA is a new instrument whereby a person (the "donor") appoints ano...
The Capacity and Self Determination (Jersey) Law 2016 (the 'new Law'), which came into force on 1 October 2018, radically alters the way in which mental health issues are dealt with in Jersey.
Jersey's conveyancing system is unique, complex and, at times, confusing. Therefore, in order to guide you through the various steps of the legal process, we have prepared a simple guide to purchasing freehold property in Jersey.
Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee has recently submitted its proposals for the establishment of a register of beneficial ownership for consideration by the States of Guernsey at its sitting on 15 February 2017. Following consultation papers issued ...
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.
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.
Your first house purchase is one of the biggest and most exciting steps you will take in your life and it is a step made easier if you plan carefully and take good advice, Peter Bertram writes - published in Gallery magazine - July 2013.