As notary publics, we are often involved in the highlights, but also in the low points, of our clients’ lives. Such as divorce. A hotchpotch of rules, treaties and regulations applies – which requires the need of a lawyer who is specialized in international divorces to guide their clients through the whole process.
Unfortunately, many people forget to make arrangements in case one of them passes away during the divorce proceedings. European Inheritance Law states that the law of your last country of residence applies to your estate. If you live in the Netherlands, Dutch inheritance law applies in case you pass away. And according to Dutch inheritance law your future ex-partner is still your legal heir if your marriage has not been formally ended – in other words, during the divorce proceedings.
This can be remedied.
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