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Estate and Probate law. Real estate in Jamaica West Indies

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Estate and Probate law for Jamaica. Real estate in Jamaica West Indies owned by a dual Citizen (Jamaica & USA..died INTESTATE). Can the USA Executors use their USA appointments to probate the Jamaican real estate or do the beneficiaries must appoint them in Jamaica?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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I am sorry for your loss, first of all

This is a good question. US Letters of Testamentary/Administration are not recognized outside of US jurisdictions. As such, the Executor in USA does not have an automatic right to conduct business and wind down/distribute assets on the estate's behalf in Jamaica. Technically, the Executor would have to file for probate in Jamaica to get a Jamaican equivalent of the appointment of Executor.

This may be the same Executor as the USA of course, or the parties can try to argue for a different Executor (for some reason or another).

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Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
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