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DRAFT PROBATE (AMENDMENT) (JERSEY) LAW 202- to move a £30k moveable estate test


DRAFT PROBATE (AMENDMENT) (JERSEY) LAW 202[?] brings forward changes to the Probate (Jersey) Law 1998.

The AMENDMENT provides for new arrangements related to the management of movable estate in Jersey in certain limited circumstances and only where the total value of that moveable estate does not exceed more than £30,000.

‘Moveable estate’ means personal property that can be moved, such as cash, jewellery, clothes, furniture and paintings, as distinct from property that cannot be moved, such as a house. Moveable estate may be a single item (i.e. a watch) or may be multiple items and may include money.

For ease, the expression ‘personal property’ is used in this report as opposed to moveable estate

Exception for small estates (Article 19A)

Article 19A provides that the person holding the deceased person’s personal property (the ‘holder’) may give it to another person (i.e. the ‘applicant’) without the applicant having shown a grant to the holder but only if:

  • The deceased person did not live in Jersey and the gross value of their personal property in Jersey, as held by the holder, does not exceed £30,000; OR
  • The deceased person lived in Jersey and the gross value of their personal property in Jersey, as held by the holder, does not exceed £30,000, plus the applicant declares that gross value of the worldwide moveable estate does not exceed £30,000.


Lodged au Greffe on 7th March 2022

by the Chief Minister

Earliest date for debate: 25th April 2022


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