Wills, Probate & Estate Planning

Managing wealth, asset preservation, planning for succession and inheritance, and writing wills can be a complex and difficult experience. It's important to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and your family and successors lifestyles are maintained.

Alternatively, their may be other ways that you wish to dispose of your estate, for charitable and philanthropic reasons or to look after those who are unable to care for themselves.

Whatever you choose, it is important to seek the right advice to ensure your wishes are preserved. At Collas Crill we have experts in a number of jurisdictions to assist with wills, succession planning, inheritance matters and probate.


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Wills, Probate & Estate Planning services
Contentious Wills, Estates & Probate

We provide fast, cost-effective and sensitive advice on all manner of will related disputes during what is often an extremely upsetting and distressing time for those concerned. We regularly act on multi-party actions for both plaintiffs and defendants.

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Probate & Estate Administration

When executors, family or friends of a deceased need to get access to assets held by their loved one, they may be asked to produce a document commonly referred to as a 'grant of probate'. A grant of probate means that an individual is given the right, by the relevant court, to deal with a deceased's estate. The deceased may have left a will or may have died intestate (without a will). It might be the case that probate has already been obtained in another jurisdiction and that a separate grant of probate needs to be obtained in Guernsey or Jersey. This can be an unfamiliar and stressful process. At Collas Crill we have many years' experience in making these types of applications. We are able to assist in simply obtaining the grant of probate, can arrange release and payment of the Channel Island assets to the relevant person, or deal with the full administration of an estate depending on your requirements.

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Wills, Probate & Estate Planning NEWS & PUBLICATIONS
Insight 07 Sep 2020

Proportionate protection

The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands (the Court) has recently held that where a lacuna existed in the applicable law, the Court's broader supervisory jurisdiction over the...

Insight 20 Apr 2020

Estate Planning & Forward Thinking

In times of unprecedented global change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was enlightening to read Daphne Ewing-Chow's article published in Forbes on 29 March 2020. At a time...

News 31 Mar 2020

Wills & Estates update

With the introduction of the lockdown in both Guernsey and Jersey, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Collas Crill Wills & Estates team across the Channel...

News 10 Jul 2019

Citywealth leading lawyers

Two lawyers from Collas Crill’s Jersey international private client & trusts team have been recognised in this year’s Citywealth Future Leaders Top 100. Partner Kellyann...

News 05 Jun 2019

Sensitive trusts

The matter of the Banayou Trust [2019] JRC 078 The Royal Court has taken a pragmatic approach in blessing a trustee's decision to distribute the assets of a trust, in...

Insight 31 May 2019

What is "impact" investing?

What is "impact" investing, sometimes referred to as responsible or sustainable finance, and what do trustees, family offices and others in the private client space need to...

  • Guide 26 Jun 2019 BVI

    The issue of succession may not be a primary consideration when incorporating a company in the BVI or indeed...

  • Guide 06 Nov 2018 Jersey

    The Capacity and Self-Determination (Jersey) Law 2016 (the Law) came into force in October 2018, providing...

  • Guide 12 Oct 2017 BVI

    Death of Shareholder – BVI shares

  • Guide 04 May 2017 Guernsey

    Tina is a legal assistant within the Wills & Estates team. She is involved in obtaining grants for both...

  • Guide 19 Apr 2017 Guernsey

    A review of landmark decision of Illot (Respondent) v The Blue Cross and others (Appellands) [2017] UKSC 17

  • Guide Guernsey

    Why a Will is Vital Under Guernsey's Inheritance Laws

  • Guide Jersey

    Will Trusts

  • Guide 07 Jul 2015 Jersey

    Tutelles: Looking After a Child's Best Interests

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