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What is the role of Italian Probate Solicitors?

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Italian Probate SolicitorsThe role of Italian Probate Solicitors

Italian probate solicitors assist with the execution of a Will and the legal procedures of Italian inheritance issues. Engaging the services of a competent and knowledgeable lawyer simplifies the administration of an estate.

Having an independent lawyer will assist with collecting all the documentation relating to property, assets and or land. It speeds up the identification and location of the beneficiaries entitled to the estate of the deceased. Read more

Italian genealogy research – Collaboration with Lo Schiavo Genealogica

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Italian genealogy research

Collaboration with Lo Schiavo Genealogica

We are pleased and proud to announce our collaboration with “Lo Schiavo Genealogica”, an international research firm that specialises in Italian Lo Schiavo Genealogicagenealogical research, Italian-American dual citizenship, and Italian-American probate cases.

Owner, Melanie D. Holtz, is a board-certified genealogist, writer, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the genealogy field.

Melanie started out by researching her own Italian ancestors, who emigrated from the Italian province of Palermo at the end of the 19th century. Melanie brings her love of family and passion for all things Italian to her work. Read more

Searching for Wills in Italy

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Wills in ItalyMy clients often engage me when they need assistance with searching for Wills in Italy. As a matter of fact, it sometimes happens that I receive instructions to administer an estate where the executors and/or beneficiaries are unable to find a Will. They may have a copy but cannot find the original, or they may have been told that a Will was made, but they are unable to locate it amongst the deceased’s belongings.

Probate cannot be started until the original and latest Will is found. If no Will comes to light, the decedent may be declared intestate, in which case the State will decide how the estate is divided. Read more

Italian Attorney. Role and competences

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The steps of an Italian Attorney’s legal careerItalian Attorney

The path to a legal career to become an Italian Attorney involves several years of study and internships.

Future lawyers first need to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in law, (Laurea in Scienze Giuridiche), which takes three years. To proceed along the path towards practising law, students require a two-year post-graduate degree (Laurea Specialistica in Giurisprudenza) or, a further five-year Master’s Degree (Laurea a ciclo unico Magistrale in Giurisprudenza). Read more

Partition of Property among Family Members

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Partition of Property among Family Members

Partition of The Estate: how does it work?

Partition of Property among Family Members

Introduction

Should there be more than one heir nominated in a Will or in accordance with Italian law, a condition of joint-ownership of rights and duties concerning the inheritance is established among the co-heirs.

A testator’s estate is composed of assets and real rights: the co-heirs receive the estate in proportion to their inheritance quota, either as apportioned in the testator’s Will or in accordance with the law –  and, in the same proportion, they acquire any credits due and take on all the debts of the testator. Read more

Beneficiary of a Will: definition

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Italian Succession

How and why drafting an Italian Will

Generally speaking, Italy recognises the validity of international Wills. However, it is advisable for foreign nationals with assets in Italy to draft an Italian Will.Italian Will

The main advantages to having an Italian Will are: Read more

A deceased relative of mine owned Italian assets. How should I proceed?

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Italian assetsWe received this question from a reader wondering how to proceed with Italian assets. We hope that you find our answer helpful. If you have any queries related to Italian property or inheritance law, please send your questions to us. We are here to help.

You may also find our Guide to Italian Inheritance a useful resource. Read more

English-Speaking Italian Property Lawyer

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How Can An English-Speaking Italian Property Lawyer Advise with The Purchase of A Property in Italy?

I am quite surprised when I hear people say that consulting an English-speaking Italian property lawyer when buying property in Italy is unnecessary, even a waste of money. English-Speaking Italian Property LawyerBuying a home anywhere, including Italy, is probably one of the largest and most significant purchases you will make in your life.

It involves the law of Italian real estate property, which is complex and raises special issues of practice, and problems not present in other transactions and or jurisdictions. An Italian real estate attorney is a trained legal specialist, experienced at dealing with these problems.

Briefly, in the typical Italian home purchase, the buyer enters into a brokerage contract with a real estate agent, usually in writing. Negotiations with the vendor are conducted through the broker, who most often acts as an intermediary. Once an informal agreement is reached, buyer and seller enter into a formal written contract for the sale, the purchase agreement. The buyer pays deposits. Ownership is ascertained, titles, deeds and other due diligence needs to be undertaken. Finally, the property is transferred from the seller to the buyer, and the seller receives the purchase price stipulated in the contract. Read more

Emphyteusis – What You Should Know

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EmphyteusisIntroduction

A recent topic of discussion is that of Emphyteusis, a regime which has its roots in Roman Law. It formed part of the feudal system and is connected with the agricultural economy. Farmers were offered the possibility to cultivate land thereby sustaining themselves. In return, farmers paid an annual ground rent or canon in money and or in kind. Read more

What is a Notary Public? Italian Public Notaries in Property Transactions

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Italian Public Notaries in Property Transactions

What is a Notary Public?

Introduction

Time and again we find some confusion about Italian Public Notaries, amongst international clients who buy and sell property in Italy. There is a mistaken belief that the public notary (notaio) performs the same function as a lawyer, solicitor or attorney (avvocato).

Italian Public Notaries

Public notaries grew from the institution of scribes and scriveners. They first became respected for their knowledge of technical matters as public officials in Ancient Rome, where they were often attached to the court. These Notaries prepared and drew up fair copies of deeds and other legal documents, which were endorsed using the seal of the court and thus rendered ‘public acts’. Eventually, Notaries were granted the right to use their own official seals to give their acts public status.

In modern times, acting on behalf of the Italian State, notai are appointed by the Italian Ministry of Justice. Vested with the rights of official authority, which they receive from the Italian State, a document drawn up by a notaio is a guarantee of its legality and authenticity. Read more