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New EU Regulation to be Passed on Succession and Wills

Every year 450,000 successions are bogged down on cross-border issues relating to the applicable laws. The EU has decided to adopt regulation to help avoid all the related problems that these transnational inheritance cases give way to.

This new regulation, known as the “Brussels IV Regulation”, purports to create a “European Certificate of Inheritance” which endeavours to harmonise the winding-up of the estate procedure to be followed. This certificate is devised to greatly simplify succession procedures throughout all EU-member countries and will hinge on the person’s last “habitual residency” to determine which succession laws ought to be applied. Additionally, this new regulation will also allow testators to choose which regulation should be applied to dispose of their assets and rights.

This regulation is not expected to be approved before 2011/2012. You can find a draft of this interesting new law in English here. (http://www NULL.justice NULL.pdf)

In case you are worried that Brussels will meddle on your deathbed dictating on your overseas estate you ought to know that both Ireland and the U.K.’s Government have opted out of its application, at least in its present form. So for the time being if you hold either of these citizenships you shouldn’t be too worried.

In any case let me close adding that this new regulation is geared towards making European succession procedures run smoothlier and more efficiently; they are not passed to curtail your national rights. Besides it’ll make us lawyers’ life’s easier… and that cannot possibly be wrong, can it?

Related articles:

  • Spanish Inheritance Tax: Advantages of Making a Will in Spain (https://belegal – 3rd September 2009
  • Free Testamentary Disposition for UK Citizens: Only if You Own Property in the UK (https://belegal – 22nd October 2008
  • Spanish Inheritance Tax Abolished? I’m Afraid Not! 19th September 2008
  • Ways on How to Avoid Inheritance Tax on Spanish Property (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers – 22nd June 2005
  • Applicable Inheritance Law to Estate Located in Spain (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers – 16th April 2004
  • Spanish Inheritance Tax: How much is it? (https://belegal – 1st February 2000

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  1. Edward Luscott
    June 3rd, 2012 at 15:12 | #1

    I am now living in France and come under their inheritance laws where I cannot disinherite my children. Is there anyway I can overcome this problem and just leave everything to my wife?

  2. Antonio Flores
    June 4th, 2012 at 11:16 | #2


    Unfortunately we don’t have knowledge of French laws, which would be applicable to this case at this point in time, and therefore, we would suggest you contacted a French lawyer.

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