There cannot be many other domains where finances and feelings are more closely linked than in the area of succession, wills and contracts of inheritance. In case of succession there are numerous issues which may give rise to disputes between family members or within a community of heirs. So for those with property and assets to leave, it makes sense to look into proper estate planning during their lifetime and make a testamentary disposition setting out their individual wishes for succession.
By ordering that the will be executed, the testator can stipulate that the executor must distribute legacies as instructed and administer the estate in accordance with the testator’s wishes. The executor must also distribute statutory portions of the inheritance to the testator's spouse and any descendants.
Upon the death of a person it may be useful for heirs to seek advice from an expert specialising in succession law – if there are uncertainties around a share in the estate, a right to inheritance or a certificate of inheritance, for example, or if there is inheritance tax to pay.