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New Rules for Inheritance
October 22, 2008   
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Notarized certificates of inheritance came into force in Poland Oct. 2 following amendments to a law on notarial services. Notarized certificates of inheritance will have the same legal effect as court decisions on confirming the acquisition of inheritance.

As a result, courts will be relieved of thousands of cases in which they had to rule on the acquisition of inheritance. Savings for the government due to this are expected to be considerable. A court fee for confirming the acquisition of inheritance is only zl.50 and accounts for a small percentage of the total cost of such proceedings. The rest is covered by the government from taxpayers' money.

Inheritors will also benefit. They will no longer be required to submit motions to a court, seek assistance from professional advisers, and wait several months for the court to deal with their case. Instead, they will be able to receive notarized certificates of inheritance within a short time and without the additional costs related to seeking legal advice. Notarized certificates of inheritance will be issued in the case of both inheritance under a will and inheritance under intestate succession law.

Notaries will be issuing certificates of inheritance only in cases where there are no disputes. If there is a disagreement among heirs the case will have to be examined by a court.

Beata Gołębiewska
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