Assets and debts
A deceased person is also called the testator. The deceased leaves assets and / or debts. The assets and debts of the testator together form the estate. The law of succession regulates the transfer of the deceased’s possessions and debts to the heirs. The certificate of succession, drawn up by a civil-law notary, states who died, whether a will was made and who, by virtue of the law or the will, are the heirs and who can handle the estate. When the testator has made a will, the heirs receive all or part of the assets as laid down in that will. If no will is made, the law determines who the heirs are and what they receive. This is the legal inheritance law.
Certificate of inheritance
A certificate of inheritance is a statement drawn up by the notary that states who died, whether a will was made and who the heirs are by virtue of the law or the will. The notary makes this statement on the basis of data to be collected by him. The statement also states who can handle the estate.
Control by the notary
The notary must check a number of matters before issuing the statement. For example, the Central Testament Register checks whether there is a will, the personal records are checked at the population register and an heir investigation is carried out. If the notary has received all the required information, he can issue the certificate of inheritance. If you wish to have the name of the testator’s property changed, our notaries can make this correct by registering the certificate of inheritance at the Land Registry.