International succession in Italy: the role of Italian Embassy and Consulate

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International succession in Italy: the role of Italian Embassy and Consulate









Pursuant to Italian Law no. 71 of 3 February 2011, in the cases provided by law, the consular office must inform the Italian and local authorities about the opening, in the consular district, of Italian citizen's succession or the opening of succession proceedings in which an Italian citizens may have some interests.

If the succession was opened in Italy, the consular office shall forward to the Italian authorities, declarations of acceptance and renunciation of inheritance, acceptance with benefit of inventory, as well as any other declaration of intention or request related to inheritance. It also forwards the requests to affix seals on goods that are located in Italy. 

Upon request by an Italian court of the district where the succession was opened, the consular office shall take all necessary measures to the custody of the assets relating to the succession, located in the foreing country where the consular office is accredited.

Against the measures, inactivity and silence of the Italian Embassies and Consulates, all interested persons can appeal to the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio, based in Rome.

To know more about last will and testment in Italy, please see also:

Legal advice on last will and testament in Italy

Revocation of a last will in Italy

Acceptance of inheritance and benefit of inventory in Italy

International wills in Italy

Italian jurisdiction for international succession

European Certificate of Succession and its validity in Italy

English speaking lawyers in Italy

Italian lawyers for U.S. citizens in Italy

Italian lawyers for Canadian citizens in Italy

Italian lawyers for Australians in Italy

For more information, please contact Lawyers in Rome