European succession regulation


29 Dec. 2015

The Regulation ensures that a cross-border succession is treated coherently, under a single law and by one single authority, the place of last habitual residence. These new rules apply to those who die on or after 17 August 2015 as we have informed in previous newsletters. These rules avoid parallel proceedings with possibly conflicting judicial decision and ensure that decision given in a Member State are recognized throughout the Union without the need for any special procedure.

However, citizens can choose that the law that should apply to their succession should be the law of their country of nationality.

Denmark, Ireland and the UK do not participate in the Regulation.

The Regulation also introduces a European Certificate of Succession recognized in all Member States.

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