New Regulations Affecting Inheritances In Catalonia

22 August 2008

In keeping with the overhaul of civil legislation in Catalonia, the new Catalonian law regarding inheritance has already been published in the official gazette of the Catalonian Generalitat.

This new Catalonian law regulates indispensable and decisive aspects of all mortis causa transfers such as:
  • possession,
  • probate,
  • acquiring the inheritance,
  • inheritance pacts,
  • recumbent inheritance, etc.

In any event, each inheritance must first differentiate between the testate- either by the will or other acceptable document-, the contractual- including donations for cause of death- and the intestate; and many preventive and remedial aspects must be taken into account- especially the fiscal ones which is why it is worthwhile to consult a well-trained expert (notary official, tax advisor, attorney, etc.) regarding foreseeable or likely past, present and future aspects in order to prepare a proper will, which in most cases is, can be, and should be simple.

And if it is too late to prepare a will, the work of attorneys and tax advisors can avoid further problems, headaches and money.

This new Catalonian law should be and is extensive and detailed, as all inheritances can involve a large array of possible situations and circumstances, i.e. recumbent inheritance, unworthiness to succeed, legitimate, etc.

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