What Is The Role of An Executor of An Italian Will?

A testator (but only a testator) may appoint an executor in his /her Will in order for testamentary dispositions to be carried out.executor

If you appoint him/her in your Will, your executor ensures that your last wishes and the administration of your estate are taken care of. In order to do this, unless you have stipulated otherwise in your Will, your appointed executor undertakes to manage your estate with all reasonable care.

In Italy this  includes managing all probate and succession procedures in accordance with Italian legislation. The executor takes possession of all the assets included in your estate and manages the distribution of assets and bequests to heirs in accordance with your Will. Where an executor has been appointed, your  heirs may neither manage nor dispose of your assets autonomously.

Appointing an executor is highly recommended in complex personal or patrimonial frameworks: if your estate involves cross-border assets , where an heir is legally deemed incapacitated, if an heir is under the age of 18, if your estate is to be transferred to heirs who live outside of Italy and or heirs are not Italian nationals or heirs who the testator feels may have vested or conflicts of interest. Read more

Cross-Border Inheritance – A Case Study

Tom Smith was a divorced UK national in his 60s. He had two children from his first marriage, both children are now adults.cross-border inheritance

On a trip to Italy 20 years ago, Tom met a young Italian woman, Giovanna. They fell in love and got married in Giovanna’s home town, Perugia, in Umbria.

Tom and Giovanna set up home in the countryside, about 30kms from Perugia. They lived in a house on two hectares of land set to orchards and olive groves. Tom was passionate about looking after his land.

Tom and Giovanna have a daughter. Francesca, now aged 15, was born in Italy and holds dual British and Italian nationality. Read more

The Importance of Making or Reviewing Your Italian Will

WillDo you own property at home and in Italy? Do you have shares, savings, investments? All of these assets constitute your ‘estate’. So, drafting your Will should be a priority.

Making a Will ensures that when you die your estate is shared according to your wishes.

Everyone should have a Will, but having it is even more important if you have children, you own property or have savings, investments, insurance policies or you own a business. Read more