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Address: The Office Center Building 12 Ocean Boulevard P.O Box 458 Kingston Jamaica
Telephone: (876) 922-1830-3; 922-0700-5; 618-1542
Fax: (876) 922-4201
Email: admingen@agd.gov.jm
Web Site: http://www.agd.gov.jm/home.aspx

The Administrator-General will intervene where one or more of the following circumstances exist:

  • Where a person dies without leaving a Will and a minor is entitled to a share of the estate of the deceased;
  • Where the Administrator-General is appointed the Executor under a valid Will;
  • Where a person dies without leaving a Will and his/her estate consists solely of personalty valued less than One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00);
  • Where the deceased person is not survived by any eligible relatives and the residue of the estate will fall to the Crown as Bona Vacantia;
  • Where the whereabouts of beneficiaries are unknown;
  • Where a Court order has been issued for the intervention of the Administrator-General;

With the passage of the Civil Procedure Rules 2002, the Administrator-General is required to prepare a Certificate consenting to the application for the appointment of a personal representative other than herself in intestate matters.

*Source: Administrator-General's website

When is the Administrator-General Required to Act

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  • Where a person dies without leaving a Will and a minor is entitled to a share of the estate of the deceased;
  • Where the Administrator-General is appointed the Executor under a valid Will;
  • Where a person dies without leaving a Will and his/her estate consists solely of personalty valued less than One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00);
  • Where the deceased person is not survived by any eligible relatives and the residue of the estate will fall to the Crown as Bona Vacantia;
  • Where the whereabouts of beneficiaries are unknown;
  • Where a Court order has been issued for the intervention of the Administrator-General;

With the passage of the Civil Procedure Rules 2002, the Administrator-General is required to prepare a Certificate consenting to the application for the appointment of a personal representative other than herself in intestate matters.

*Source: Administrator-General's website

The Administrator-General’s Act

The Intestates’ Estates and Property Charges Act

The Status of Children Act

The Wills Act

The Executive Agencies Act

The Trustees Act

*Source: Administrator-General's website

Other Fees Associated with Administrating an Estate

Transfer Tax
Transfer Tax is payable on net market value of taxable property-land and shares. Interest is charged on the day following the first anniversary of the date of death at a rate of 6% per annum. Once these duties are paid then the Stamp Commissioner’s Certificate is prepared in proof of payment. 
N.B a beneficiary may seek an exemption on the basis that the deceased owned the property in administration and it was the principal place of residence for both the deceased and the beneficiary. (Of course the beneficiary must establish that he was living there up to the time of the death of the deceased.)

The 1998 amendment has widened the category of persons who may seek this exemption to include:

  1. mother or step-mother;
  2. father or step-father;
  3. son or step-son;
  4. daughter or step-daughter;
  5. sister or brother, whether of the whole blood or half blood;
  6. grandfather or grandmother;
  7. grandson or granddaughter.

Stamp Duty
Stamp Duty is payable on net market value of the estate. This duty is usually affixed to the document to be lodged in the Courts. Please note that where the property values under One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars (1.5 million) the matter is done in the Resident Magistrate’s Court. While any value over One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars (1.5 million) is done in the Supreme Court. The lodgment fee at the Supreme Court is $2000.00

Attorney’s Fees
Attorney’s fees are payable on the gross market value of the estate. Fees may vary from Attorney to Attorney, and therefore obtaining the best fee is really a matter of negotiation between Attorney and client. Please note that Attorney’s cost may include fees to obtain grant and to also transfer property to the beneficiary. All these costs are of course subject to GCT.

Executors’ Commission
By Law an executor is entitled to charge 6% commission on all monies “passing through” the executors hands. If there is more than one executor the commission will have to be divided equally. N.B an executor forfeits his commission if he is a beneficiary.

Examples Of Miscellaneous Fees
Notice of Application for Grant to be published in Gazette
Advertisement for Creditors in Newspaper and Gazette
Photocopying expenses
Telephone calls
Registration Fee on Transmission 

*Source: Administrator-General's website

Administrator-General's Department
Government of Jamaica