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Updated : 01/08/2017

Cross-border inheritances

If you live in an EU country which is not your country of origin, if you own assets in more than one country or if a family member of yours lived in a different EU country when he or she died, you may wonder: 

  • in which EU country the inheritance (known in legal terms as succession) will be handled and 
  • which country's national law will govern the inheritance

EU rules on international inheritances or successions help you sort out these issues.

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EU rules on inheritance or succession apply in all EU countries except the UK, Ireland and Denmark: these EU countries decided to opt out. This means that EU rules on inheritance will apply whenever your inheritance is handled by an authority of an EU country other than the UK, Ireland and Denmark.

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