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Testamentary Formalities in Spain

Sergio Cámara Lapuente

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/9780199696802.003.0004
Testamentary Formalities in Spain

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In Spain, almost half of the estates of deceased persons are governed by wills or, in the few territories that allow them, by succession agreements. This puts Spain well ahead of countries in the European Union such as Belgium, France, Germany, or England and Wales. It is also indicative of a growing trend towards will-making within Spain itself. This chapter begins with a review of the evolution of the main testamentary forms and formalities. It then discusses the modern law, open wills, closed wills, holograph wills, special wills, features common to more than one type of will internal formalities, and a shift from formalism.

Keywords: wills; Spanish law; testamentary forms; formalism

Chapter.  12795 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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