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Crossing the line

As multi-jurisdictional disputes continue to grow in number, lawyers should not underestimate the impact of Brussels IV, says Alison Regan

10 January 2014

People born in the 1960s and 1970s will be less well off than the so-called baby boomers born post-war, according to a recent report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies. Fewer will have their own homes, decent pensions or significant savings.

But what they will have are expectations of a healthy inheritance from the baby boomers. Added to higher property prices, complex family structures and an increasingly litigious society, it’s a recipe for probate litigation.

This becomes all the more complex when parties are faced with assets in different jurisdictions or where the testator has connections to at least two countries. Which law or succession rules apply to solve issues or disputes concerning succession in
a cross-border estate?

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