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How to find out if there is a will in Greece

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How to find out if there is a will in Greece

Inheritance law last will in Greece

In Greece, there is no central register of wills. This means that searching for a will can be difficult and time-consuming. However, there are some steps you can take to increase your chances of finding a will.

  1. Ask the testator’s relatives: Your first move should be to contact the testator’s relatives. They may know if the testator had made a will and, if so, where it is located.
  2. Contact the testator’s notary public: If the testator had made a will with a notary, the notary should keep a copy of the will in his or her office. You can contact the notary to ask if he or she keeps a copy of the testator’s will.
  3. Check with the court: Each month, notaries send the local justice of the peace court a list of the wills they have prepared or filed. You can contact the court to ask if they keep a list of wills for the testator.
  4. Search for the will: If you have not located the will, you should search for it. If the will is secret or public, you should look for it at the office of the notary who drafted it. If the will is private, you should look for it at the testator’s home or another place you know the testator kept.

There are three forms of will in Greece:

  • Public will: A public will is drawn up by a notary and signed by the testator and two witnesses.
  • Intestate will: A personal will is written entirely in the testator’s hand and signed by the testator.
  • Secret will: The secret will is delivered to a notary in a sealed envelope. The notary keeps the will in his office and publishes it after the testator’s death.

The will may be revoked at any time by the testator, provided that the revocation is made in the same form in which the will was drawn up.

If there is no will

If there is no will, the testator’s property passes to his or her legal heirs. The legal heirs are the testator’s relatives according to the succession.

Conclusion

Searching for a will can be difficult and time-consuming. However, by following the steps above, you can increase your chances of finding the testator’s will.

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