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Welcome to the Death section.

2. Wills and Succession – Making a Valid Will of Movables

What is a will? The term “Will” denotes the testamentary wishes of the Testator upon death and refers to the document in writing that records those wishes. The characteristics of a Will are: – It must be in writing. – It is a declaration of the Testator’s intention. However, the Testator remains free to dispose […]

3. Wills and Succession – Disposal of Movables

Introduction The purpose of this page is to set out the law and rules concerning the gifting of movable property: – movables bequeath under a valid Will – movables bequeath under intestacy. There is either no Will or the Will has failed for some reason. When we refer to “Spouse” below, this now includes a […]

4. Wills and Succession – Leaving Immovable Property

Introduction Immovable property means for the most part the land and building fixed to it. A definition is set out in Part 1. It is not movable property. Property acquired through share transfer is not immovable property. Up until 1851, you could not dispose of your immovable property by Will. On death, having immovable property, […]

5. Wills and Succession – Application for Grant of Probate

Introduction If the Testator leaves no valid Will on death then the administration and distribution of the estate is dealt with on Intestacy. See Part 6 for more detail. If the Testator leaves Immovable property, there is a separate procedure for immovable property to devolve on its ultimate beneficiary. See Part 4. If the Testator […]

6. Wills and Succession – Letter of Administration

Introduction When a person dies leaving a valid Will of movables, that Will usually identifies the person to be appointed executor to administer the Testator’s estate. An application is therefore made to the Registrar of Probate for the Will to be registered, and the named person to be appointed under a Grant of Probate. This […]

7. Wills and Succession – The Appointment and Role of the Executor

Introduction If no valid will of movable property has been prepared by the testator then the administration and distribution of the movable property is dealt with under Intestacy. This has its own separate procedure and this information is set out in Part 6. If the property is immovable property this needs no executor because from […]

Bereavement counselling and support groups

Bereavement Support The following agencies can give bereavement support to individuals, families and schools: Samaritans Victims First States of Jersey Police Community Police Jersey Hospice Support in schools and educational establishments is available from: Teachers School-based counsellors Educational Psychological Service Well-being team Your local church or religious centre may also be able to provide support. […]

Cremations, Cemeteries and Graves

The Crematorium Westmount Road St Helier JE2 3LP Tel: +44 1534 444880 Email: jerseycrematorium@gov.je Are there any restrictions on the movement of ashes in and out of Jersey? There are no restrictions on the movement of cremated ashes in or out of the Island. Scattering of ashes Ashes may be brought over to Jersey for […]

Death of Non-Residents

Please see Grant of probate (non-Jersey domicile) (gov.je)


It can be beneficial to discuss death and what you might wish to happen at your funeral while you are alive.  It is a subject that most of us do not want to talk about but if people know the deceased person’s wishes in advance, it is much easier to arrange their funeral in the […]

Inquests and Coroners

Please see Sudden deaths, inquests and the coroner’s role (gov.je).

Registration of Death

Please see Register a death (gov.je).

Sudden Death

Certify and register Please see Sudden deaths, inquests and the coroner’s role (gov.je) If the death is sudden, contact the person’s GP if known or the Ambulance Service and Police. Support Please see Bereavement counselling and support groups The General Hospital will put you in touch with someone who can provide bereavement support in the event […]

Viscounts Department

Please see Viscount’s Department (gov.je)
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