Do you know who inherits from you when you die?

If you have children, it is your children who inherit everything in equal sharing.

If you are married or have a registered partner, your spouse / registered partner will inherit.

If there are both children and a spouse / registered partner, half goes to children for equal sharing and the other half to spouse / registered partner.

If there are no children or spouse, one’s parents inherit, if they have already passed away, one’s siblings inherit (and after them their children). If you were an only child, your parents’ siblings inherited. If there are no heirs left, the treasury inherits.

If you want to distribute your wealth in another way, including avoiding that your 18-year-old heir gets a large inheritance paid out, with the risk of immature decisions associated with youth, then you must make a will.

You can only in an absolute emergency (where you rightly fear for your life), write a will on a piece of blank paper and it is valid.

If you are not in an emergency (anymore), a will that does not comply with the formal requirements of the Inheritance Act may be overridden by the heir(s) who would have inherited if the will is declared invalid.

It is therefore important that you follow the rules for wills and write down how you think your wealth should be distributed when you die. Read more here.

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