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Caught in a web

Brussels IV may be able to offer an escape for wills tangled in the web of multi-jurisdictional inheritance laws, says Rachel Jones

21 October 2014

Multijurisdictional inheritance disputes have recently risen at a rapid pace. As people continue to move around the world and purchase assets in more than one jurisdiction, cases brought to resolve these disputes are only going to increase. According to some recent research, one succession case in every ten opened in the European Union has an international element, and this proportion is only likely to continue increasing. Thirteen million EU citizens live in a member state which is not their own, and over 40m citizens from the
rest of the world live in the union.
It is worth considering then, inheritance laws at home and abroad and analysing how conflicts arise and how they can
be avoided.

In England and Wales, testamentary freedom means you have the right to leave your estate to whomever you choose. In theory, the testator ...

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