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Choosing Citizenship for Will

Question

Does anyone know if I, as a UK and US citizen, resident in Belgium, can choose to have my will administered as if a) I was a US citizen, or b) as a UK citizen, rather than under Belgian civil law?

kasseistamper

Your citizenship is irrelevant.
Wherever you die, everything that you own in Belgium will be dealt with under Belgian law.
But go and ask a notaris. Anything that I - and anyone else who responds - says may be wrong as we speak from our understanding rather than from expert knowledge.

Jul 30, 2019 09:07
J

b) yes, therefore a) doesn't matter.

However, the taxation of the estate will be under Belgian law, therefore you really need to talk to a Belgian notary to get a proper will drawn up.

"people can choose whether the law applicable to their succession should be that of the country they have last lived in or that of their nationality"
https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/civil-...

Jul 30, 2019 09:15
wezembeekwanderer

Speak to a notary. You pay nothing unless they draw up papers for you and charges are reasonable. Not like lawyer fees.

I had good experiences with this one who have specialists in international scenarios
http://www.berquinnotarissen.be

Jul 30, 2019 23:48