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Forced Heirship Provisions Now Apply To British Citizens

Forced heirship provisions now apply to British citizens

The Wills and Succession Law determines who will inherit a person’s estate when they pass away.  Cyprus succession law provides for “forced heirship”. The rules of forced heirship in Cyprus are fairly complex and inheritance depends upon which family members survive the deceased. The significance is that law determines who will inherit a person’s estate when they die.

British citizens and citizens of former British colonies were exempt from forced heirship provisions and could decide themselves by will, who will inherit their estate in Cyprus.

On the 03.07.2015, the Wills and Succession Law was amended. As a result of the recent amendment to the law, forced heirship provisions now apply to anyone who at the time of their passing is domiciled in Cyprus and to the succession to any real estate located in Cyprus, regardless of the domicile of the deceased person.

The freedom which existed for certain testators to bequeath their assets in Cyprus as they wished has now been abolished. Forced heirship now applies to British citizens and citizens of former British colonies.

The above should be used as a source of general information only. It is not intended to give a definitive statement of the law.

How can we help?

Cyprus Will & Probate Services provide advice and assistance on Cyprus Wills and Cyprus Probate Law maters, including:

  • Will drafting and registration at the District Court Registrar.
  • Administration of estates – Cyprus and multiple jurisdictions
  • Advising on Cyprus Wills disputes.
  • General advice on all probate matters, including Wills and Cyprus succession law.
  • Custody and safekeeping of Wills.
  • Drafting Grant of Probate applications and appearing where necessary before the  District Courts.
  • Full estate management.

If you require further information relating to the above or with regards to Cyprus wills, succession, inheritance, administration of estates and probate laws in Cyprus contact us using [email protected]

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