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Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Registering a will of real estate (immovable property)

​Registering a will

Once someone has died, their will is registered with the Public Registry or lodged if registering isn't required.

The application to register is done mainly by lawyers who have to certify to us the value of the real property of the deceased and pay stamp duty accordingly.

How to register a will

You'll need to provide us with the following:

  • the deceased person’s original will of real estate
  • a copy of the death certificate
  • proof of the applicant’s identity
  • in certain circumstances two valuations of the deceased’s real estate from independent estate agents
  • the correct stamp duty payable

Using a lawyer to register a will

It's often easier and safer to apply to register a will through a lawyer as they can also advise whether the will needs registering or not. 

A private individual can apply to register the will but the Public Registry can't advise whether the will needs registering or not.

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