Our wills and probate lawyer and attorney partners are experts at handling matters concerning your will and inheritance. They have extensive experience preparing wills for Greek and foreign nationals and probating them before the competent Greek court.
If you currently own or are soon to be inheriting Greek assets, it is important to plan how these assets will be handled after you pass away, taking the burden off your loved ones by ensuring the inheritance process is as fast and efficient as possible while they are grieving.
Preparing a will where immovable property and financial assets cross international borders is an intricate process with multiple tax implications. It is essential that you seek legal counsel regarding the drafting of your will, and our partner lawyers and attorneys have more than 25 years’ experience helping our Greek and foreign residents administer their wills.
Our will and probate legal partner can assist you with:
- Drawing up a Greek will
- Tax planning for your estate (making it easier on your beneficiaries)
- Advice on your current will, or creating a new one
- Legal and tax advice for beneficiaries
Different types of Greek wills in Greece
Greek law has several types of wills that can be drafted. Our specialist wills and probate legal partners have experience in all forms of wills in Greece.
The three main will types are:
- Holographic Greek will
This type of will is handwritten, including the date and signature. It is free to draft, as you are doing it on your own, and can be executed from any country. The will should be entrusted to the right person, and we advise that it is best delivered to a lawyer or attorney specialising in wills and probate, as this person needs to undertake the wills probate at the relevant Greek court, immediately after the testators death.
- Public Greek Will
This type of will is executed in the presence of a witness a before a Public Notary. As mentioned above, it is best practice to seek a professional will and probate lawyer or attorney, as it will need to be probated before a Greek court.
- Secret Greek Will
This document shall be taken to the Notary republic, declaring that it is the deceased’s last will and testament.
Wills for assets in multiple countries
Numerous clients have utilised our international and local Greek wills and probate expertise. Our lawyers and attorneys in Greece have advised clients from countries including America (U.S.A), The United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia on high complexity matters such as multiple wills in multiple countries, along with immovable assets and finances across international borders.
If you have assets in both Greece and a country outside of Greece, it is strongly advised that you create a will in the country of your assets, and a Greek will. This will be highly beneficial, as it prepares you — and your beneficiaries — for differing country laws that may annul another’s will or cause them to interfere with each other.
Our wills and probate experience across Greece Our partner wills and probate lawyers and attorneys have successfully advised and assisted numerous Greek, Greek expats, and non-Greek clients from all over the world in drafting their wills in Greece. Our partner lawyers and attorneys are wills and probate professionals that can assist you across Greece, in Athens, Thessaloniki, Crete, or any local jurisdiction and courthouse. We communicate with clients globally, including in Sydney, Melbourne, Boston, New York and Montreal.