Joanne is a group partner in the International Private Client & Trusts practice. She heads the wills and estates and private client services in Guernsey and is a qualified TEP (Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners).

She specialises in estate planning and advising on issues relating to inheritance.

In addition to frequently drafting complex Wills for both local and non-resident individuals, often incorporating extensive will trusts, Joanne also deals with all aspects of estate administration from advising on Guernsey's probate procedures, dealing with intestacies (where someone has died without a will) and obtaining Guernsey grants of probate and representation.

Joanne also has a wide range of experience in private client matters including assisting in the recognition of foreign powers of attorney and guardianships and advising upon associated property issues.

My services
Private Client Advisory
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As global legislation, regulation and taxation constantly change and become more complex, it has never been more important to make long-term plans to secure your future, the future of your family or your business. We cut through the legal jargon to provide clear, practical advice when you most need it and anticipate the challenges you are likely to face so that you can rest assured you and your family are in safe hands at every step of the way.

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Probate & Estate Administration
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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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Middle East Group
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The demand for professional advisers who understand the needs of clients in the region has never been more important. With shariah-compliant products and Islamic finance becoming increasingly mainstream and integrated into the global financial system, it is important to partner with a team who understands the complexities of these structures, while also understanding how more traditional structures can be applied to meet the needs of Middle Eastern clients.

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Wills & Estate Planning
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Wills & estate planning are essentially about the living. That may seem contradictory, but we believe that while dealing with the estates of the deceased, we are very much working with those left behind. We can help you organise and plan your affairs, and protect and preserve your own interests and those of your family, both now and in the future, by advising on inheritance issues, your wills and estate planning and offering guidance on the duties, rights and obligations of trustees, executors or beneficiaries.

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Guardianship, Delegates and Powers of Attorney
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Depending upon your jurisdiction, guardianship, delegates and powers of attorney are useful tools in helping a party to deal with the financial affairs of another, whether that is paying bills, managing bank accounts or otherwise. Whether you are choosing to give someone power to deal with your affairs, or you have a relative who can't deal with their own any longer, careful consideration needs to be given, and advice sought, to decide what route is most appropriate.

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Wills & Succession Planning
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Wills, inheritance & estate planning are essentially about the living. That may seem contradictory, but we believe that while dealing with the estates of the deceased, we are very much working with those left behind. By leaving a will you leave your affairs in order therefore simplifying matters after you have gone and, for those of us who like to be in control, giving yourself the chance to have the final word! We can help you organise and plan your affairs, and protect and preserve your own interests and those of your family, both now and in the future, by advising on inheritance issues, your wills and estate planning and offering guidance on the duties, rights and obligations of trustees, executors or beneficiaries.

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Guardianship, Delegates and Powers of Attorney
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Depending upon your jurisdiction, guardianship, delegates and powers of attorney are useful tools in helping a party to deal with the financial affairs of another, whether that is paying bills, managing bank accounts or otherwise. If you need assistance dealing with your own affairs then a power of attorney may be appropriate. This will enable you to choose who can carry out any actions, and the extent to which they can take those decisions, on your behalf. If, however, it sadly becomes the case that an individual cannot handle their own affairs any longer then a guardian or delegate will be need to be appointed by the court to look after that individual's affairs. Whether you are choosing to give someone power to deal with your affairs, or you have a relative who can't deal with their own any longer, careful consideration needs to be given, and advice sought, to decide what route is most appropriate.

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Wills, Probate & Succession
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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 successor's lifestyles are maintained. Alternatively, there 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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Probate & Estate Administration
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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'. 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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My news & deals
News 29 Nov 2019

ICLG Private Client chapters

The Collas Crill Guernsey and Jersey based international private client and trust teams have collaborated with several major international law firms to produce the 2019...

Insight 6 Nov 2019

Keeping your Will up to date

Failure to keep your Will up-to-date could significantly increase the chances of your testamentary wishes being subject to legal challenge by disgruntled relatives upon your...

News 6 Nov 2019

Beryl St Clare Le Marquand

The Guernsey Royal Court has handed down what is considered to be the first recorded judgment in Guernsey relating to the registration of a photocopy rather than an original...

News 5 Nov 2019

Promises Promises

The case of Habberfield v Habberfield [2018] EWHC 317 Ch is another example of a growing trend of cases in which claimants (disappointed beneficiaries) are pursuing claims...

Insight 27 Nov 2019

Who Wants to Live Forever?

When we're forced to think about death we may find ourselves becoming a bit wobbly but it's not that often that the related laws and processes themselves are shaken up...

News 1 Nov 2019

Show me a gambler...

As published in the September edition of Business Brief. Confronting your own mortality is an intimidating topic and certainly one most people don’t always want to address...