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LOCAL INFORMATION

4.5.1.L7
Caveat

Extent:Jersey
January 2009
Updated 14 March 2019

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Words you need to know

Jersey Grant = allows a person to administer the personal property (moveable estate) of someone who has died.

Interest = legally enforceable right

Moveable Estate = money / shares / furniture / motor vehicles

Caveator = person creating Caveat

 

What is a Caveat?

 

A mechanism for preventing the making of a Jersey Grant.

 

Can I lodge a caveat?

 

You must have an interest in the moveable estate of a deceased person and wish to oppose the making of a Grant,

 

What grounds do you need to lodge a Caveat?

 

Seek local legal advice with regards to the merit of lodging a Caveat.

 

You need an address in Jersey for service - the address of a local legal firm would be the most common example.

 

How do I lodge a Caveat?

 

  1. Local Advocate or Solicitor
  2. Lodged in person

 

If lodged in person: the Caveator must give reasons for the Caveat when filing the relevant document and fee.

 

 

 

Cost

 

£80 in Court Stamps

 

How long is Caveat effective for?

 

Effective for six months from the date it is lodged with the Judicial Greffe.

 

It can be renewed in writing or before the expiry date.  This will cost an addItional £80 in Court stamps.

 

Can I lift Caveat during six month period?

 

If you have lodged the Caveat:

 

Withdraw = writing to the Registrar of Probate, Judicial Greffe within the six month period.

 

Lapse = simply let the Caveat become ineffective at the end of the six month period.

 

Estates with Caveat placed on it?

 

Use the link below to access the current list of Caveats in place:

 

https://www.gov.je/Government/NonexecLegal/JudicialGreffe/Sections/ProbateRegistry/Pages/CaveatsList.aspx

 

If you wish to lodge a Caveat on Jersey real estate

 

Please contact the Public Registry Registrar, Judicial Greffe.

 

Contact

 

Judicial Greffe                                   

 

Telephone: 01534 441300

Fax: 01534 441399

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Judicial Greffe

Royal Court House

Royal Square

St Helier

Jersey, JE1 1JG