The role of an Italian probate solicitor
A probate solicitor in Italy is a lawyer who specialises in Italian inheritance law.
A probate solicitor in Italy assists clients with the execution of a will and the legal procedures relating to Italian inheritance matters.
Engaging the services of a competent and knowledgeable Italian inheritance lawyer simplifies the administration of an estate.
Italian probate solicitors assist with collecting all the documentation relating to property, assets and or land. Engaging a lawyer speeds up the identification and location of the beneficiaries entitled to the estate of the deceased.
An Italian solicitor specialised in Italian inheritance procedures can also help with certified translations of international documents. Appointing a local notary is also a role that a lawyer can perform. A lawyer can also liaise with the relevant tax authorities to ensure that that assets are transferred to the name of the entitled beneficiaries.
Italian inheritance law is complex. A specialist probate solicitor in Italy can support you with your estate planning
An Italian probate solicitor has a thorough understanding of the Italian inheritance procedure. A lawyer can therefore advise whether there are any claims or rights to assets and or properties according to Italian Inheritance law.
Likewise, a lawyer can conduct searches for properties, titles, deeds and records. Plus a lawyer can obtain an appraisal or a survey of a property. It may be necessary to get a valuation of the deceased’s estate in order to determine if the deceased had any outstanding debts or liabilities.
In Italy beneficiaries must formally accept or renounce an inheritance. A lawyer can provide advice regarding the procedures and the options available according to Italian law.
In addition, a lawyer will provide legal support if you need to search for a will, or challenge a will in court. Sometimes international wills conflict with Italian legislation. If you need help with registering an inherited property in the name of the heirs or assistance selling inherited properties and assets, a specialist Italian inheritance lawyer can also assist.
An Italian probate solicitor is also able to calculate estate tax.
Where the estate includes bank accounts, a solicitor can help release the deceased’s accounts ensuring the funds.
Italian inheritance is a complex matter. In addition, if you own assets in more than one country, this can further compound the complexity. We recommend you seek independent legal advice regarding your personal situation. If we can be of assistance, please get in touch.
At De Tullio Law Firm, we have over 55 years of expertise managing cross border succession and estate planning matters throughout Italy. We are a full member of STEP, the world’s leading association for trust and estate practitioners.