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Updated : 28/02/2017

Cross-border successions

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 succession will be handled and 
  • which country's national law will govern the succession

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

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EU rules on 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 succession will apply whenever your succession is handled by an authority of an EU country other than the UK, Ireland and Denmark.

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