Wills & Estates

Significant restrictions on testamentary freedom applied in Guernsey prior to April 2012, and continue to apply to Wills made before that date.

Dealing with the estate of a deceased person can be stressful and time-consuming, and when a person dies without leaving a Will the legal aspects can be complex. Considerable care needs to be taken when either updating an existing Will or making a new Will, to ensure your wishes are met following your death.

At Babbé LLP we are experienced in preparing Wills for both local and international individuals.

We can provide advice on the circumstances in which a Will can be challenged or contested. At Babbé LLP we have members of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), the prestigious organisation for lawyers specialising in contentious trusts and probate work.

Babbé LLP regularly deals with the administration of Estates, whether acting as professional Executors or advising and assisting others to wind up an Estate.

We are frequently instructed by other professionals to deal with the necessary application to Court in respect of securing the release of assets.

Various problems may arise when a person dies owning real estate but there is no valid Will which disposes of it correctly. A question mark may be left hanging over the ownership to the property. 

The team at Babbé LLP is experienced in providing advice to heirs or potential heirs in such circumstances, and can make any necessary applications to the Royal Court.

Key Services
  • Will writing
  • Will reviews
  • Will disputes
  • Claims against Estates
  • Applications for Grants of Probate/Letters of Administration
  • Administration of Estates
  • Affidavits of law for foreign professionals
  • Administration Order applications involving Guernsey real estate
  • Powers of Attorney
  • “Living Wills” or Health Directives
  • Guardianships

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