Inheritance Law

Guernsey Inheritance Law Changing

As from 2 April 2012, the Guernsey inheritance law is set to change.
 
Currently, residents on the island are forced to leave a percentage of their property and remaining assets to their surviving spouse and children in the event of their death. However, with the modern family structure having altered irretrievably, many individuals now have children from other relationships and more than one spouse throughout their lifetime.
 
The new Guernsey probate laws will state that the wishes laid out in a Will, should override the original forced heirship, if they differ.
 
This will only affect Wills made after 2 April 2012, so if you or own a property on the island of Guernsey, and have already made a Will, you should consult a probate specialist to create a new Will, if the wishes in your original document differ.

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