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Propres-ly up to date?

Jersey has made a major change to its intestate collateral succession rules to ensure they do not discriminate against women, writes Keith Dixon

Although Jersey is a modern, well-regulated international finance centre, Jersey law still retains its own unique and distinctive character, particularly in matters relating to land rights, insolvency and succession. Over the centuries, the law of Jersey has drawn upon very different systems and sources, including Norman customary law (the law that existed in continental Normandy prior to the French Revolution), the French Civil Code and English and Welsh common law.

That is not to say that these rules, some of which date back to the 12th century, are never updated to meet the needs of a 21st-century society. In fact, one of Jersey's oldest rules regarding the collateral succession of Jersey property is about to undergo a major overhaul as a result of a landmark decision of Jersey's parliament on 6 February 2024 to abolish the 800-years-old distinction between two types of immovable property: propres and acquêts.

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