The Rules that govern the administration of estates in the Cayman Islands are the Probate and Administration Rules.
- If there is a will with named executors, they are the first persons entitled to a grant.
- If there are no executors, the next person(s) entitled to a grant is any person named in the will to whom the deceased leaves all his estate (or the remainder after the gifts have been paid).
- If the deceased has not made a valid will, then the application for a grant should be made by his or her next of kin in the following order of priority:
- Husband or Wife
- Sons or daughters
- Brothers or Sisters of the whole blood (the deceased’s brothers or sisters)
- If there are no brothers or sisters of the whole blood then brothers and sisters of the half blood.
- More distant relatives