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Testamentary Formalities in France and Belgium

Walter Pintens

in Comparative Succession Law

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696802
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732065 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696802.003.0003
Testamentary Formalities in France and Belgium

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Both French and Belgian law belong to the Romanist tradition. They are interrelated, with French law being regarded as the original mother law from which the law of its daughter, Belgium, has been derived and developed. Both legal systems thus share a common body of ideas and maxims. This chapter begins with a review of the historical development of testamentary formalities in France. It then discusses the modern law, holograph wills, public wills, secret wills, international wills, registration, and procedure after death.

Keywords: French law; Belgian law; legal systems; wills

Chapter.  10006 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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