Italian Succession - Your Questions Answered

What will I need to proceed?

The following (which Giambrone will help you with) are required in order to gain Italian probate:

  • Death Certificate
  • Adavit of deceased's family situation
  • Title deeds of buildings and land purchased
  • Family certificate of the deceased

To obtain a Death certificate, copies of the deceased's (and applicant’s) personal ID and  tax code will be required. The death certificate will be issued by the Registry of Vital Records at the municipality of residence. 

How long will it take?

The time it takes to complete the succession process depends on the case. If there are no problems the average duration will be roughly 4-6 hrs of lawyer time which most likely will be spread over a 2-3 month period. However all this depends on authorities, surveys, meetings etc and as a result more work may be necessary.

What is a statement of Succession?

A form (obtained from the Italian Ministry of Finance) must be sent to the appropriate Italian Tax authority (Agenzia delle Entrate) listing all of the deceased's assets.

The Statement of Succession (Dichiarazione di Successione) is required within one year of death. In addition to personal data regarding the deceased and heirs, it needs to include, for example, details of the inherited assets, mortgages, receipts, the deceased's death certificate and the original or legalized copy of the Will.

I’ve inherited a house in Italy, what should I do?

  • Giambrone’s Succession lawyers can help you ‘unblock assets’ in Italy through Italian probate.

If the deceased was not domicile in Italy but had assets in Italy, Giambrone will help you unblock these assets so that they may be inherited by the beneficiaries.

  • If the beneficiaries are unsure what assets the deceased had in Italy then Giambrone provide an ‘asset reconstruction’ services in which we investigate what assets the deceased had in Italy. This can be seen as an investment on the part of the beneficiaries as there could be assets that have been missed.

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