Italian Succession - Your Questions Answered

What will I need to proceed?

The following documents are required in order to gain Italian probate:

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

To obtain a death certificate as well as 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 matter. If there are no problems or complications the approximate time required for a lawyer to complete the matter is four to six hours which normally will extend over a two to three month period. Dependent the speed of the authorities, surveys and also if any other meetings, which may become necessary, resulting in additional work being required. 

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, including details of the assets in the estate, mortgages, receipts, the deceased's death certificate and the original or a legalised copy of the will.

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

Giambrone's wills and probate team can assist you with the transfer of the property into your name or with the sale of the property.

If the deceased was not domicile in Italy but had various assets in Italy we can assist with apportioning the assets.  If you and any other beneficiares are unsure as to the assets the deceased actually had in Italy, Giambrone's wills and probate team can provide asset reconstruction services which will ensure that none of the assets the deceased owned will be overlooked or are claimed by others.

Should you wish to know more about dealing with an inheritance in Italy please click here 
or call T: 0207 183 9482 to speak with an English speaking adviser.

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