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Testamentary Formalities in Austria

Christiane C Wendehorst

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/9780199696802.003.0009
Testamentary Formalities in Austria

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This chapter begins with a discussion of unilateral dispositions mortis causa, deliberately omitting instruments such as mutual wills, pacta successoria, or donations mortis causa. Under Austrian law, three types of unilateral act exist: testaments, codicils, and foundations mortis causa. It then reviews the historical developments which have left a lasting imprint on the Austrian law of testamentary formalities. The discussion then turns to modern doctrine and court practice, and current debates and plans for reform.

Keywords: Austrian law; unilateral dispositions mortis causa; testamentary forms; court practice

Chapter.  17645 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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