Local and National Experts Gather in St. Thomas to Help Draft New Uniform Probate Laws

Tom Bolt, Chair of the Virgin Islands Uniform Law Commission announced a successful outcome of the second in a series of meetings to discuss introducing the Uniform Probate Code to the 30th Legislature.

The meeting in January was facilitated by Attorney Bolt and was attended by representatives from the Legislature of the Virgin Islands, Office of the Governor, Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, AARP, Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts and the Virgin Islands Bar Association. The group’s goal is to address the concerns that remain after the 29th Legislature approved the repeal of the Uniform Probate Code over Governor John P. deJongh’s veto.

The initial meeting in October 2013 reviewed the current state of the probate law in the Territory. The second and most recent meeting went into details of revisions for appropriate amendments needed for relevancy in the Territory. The third and final meeting is anticipated to be held in late February 2014. At this conclusive meeting, approvals will be sought on the revised amendments in final preparation of delivery to the 30th Legislature for introduction of the enabling legislation for the Uniform Probate Code in early March.

“Revision of our Virgin Islands probate code is critical to all Virgin Islands’ families. The court procedures upon the death of a loved one should be simple,” Bolt said.

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