Successions in Europe

Successions in Europe


The rules applicable to successions are very complex and vary considerably from one Member State to the next. The result is significant legal uncertainty and often bad experiences: for the heirs who face a legal and administrative imbroglio when they inherit a property located in another Member State, but also for those wishing to organise their succession during their life. This is why the Notaries of Europe aim to respond to a need for legal certainty by helping European citizens have better access to the law.

Easier access to successions law throughout Europe

Do you wonder how a succession works? Would you like to know how to draw up a will or which law is applicable to a succession? We answer these questions and many others.

We provide a free information resource on succession law in 22 Member States. This is the ideal tool to consult before going to see your notary.

The content is updated regularly to follow developments in European and national legislation. More information on www.successions-europe.eu

ENRW : Making it easier to find wills in Europe

It is sometimes impossible for heirs or those having to administer a succession to find a will, especially when it may have been drawn up abroad.

In order to make it easier to find a will in Europe, the Notaries of Europe created the European Network of Registers of Wills (ENRW). Operational since 2002 through the secure interconnection of the various national registers, the ENRW makes it possible to carry out an EU-wide search for the will of a person who has died.

More information on www.arert.eu

Information about succession law is also available on the European e-justice portal, section "Succession": https://e-justice.europa.eu/content_succession-166-en.do?init=true

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    • Successions in Europe Presentation - EN

      Successions in Europe Presentation - EN

      1 May 2010

    • Successions in Europe Presentation - FR

      Successions in Europe Presentation - FR

      1 May 2010

    • Successions in Europe Presentation - DE

      Successions in Europe Presentation - DE

      1 May 2010

    • Successions in Europe Presentation- ES

      Successions in Europe Presentation- ES

      1 May 2010

    • Successions in Europe Presentation - IT

      Successions in Europe Presentation - IT

      1 May 2010

    • Successions in Europe Presentation - NL

      Successions in Europe Presentation - NL

      1 May 2010