Compulsory Heirship in Roman Law

Reinhard Zimmermann

in Exploring the Law of Succession

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780748632909
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651436 | DOI:
Compulsory Heirship in Roman Law

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This chapter examines the history of compulsory heirship in Roman law, providing an overview of the development of the idea of a right to obtain part of the estate even contrary to the will of the testator. It explains that this right is the historical root of the compulsory portion of modern law of succession and that the idea of succession, contrary to the last will, presupposes the recognition of testamentary succession itself. Thus, the validity of testamentary dispositions was dependent upon the fact that an heir had been instituted at the beginning of the testament.

Keywords: compulsory heirship; Roman law; testator; law of succession; last will; testamentary succession

Chapter.  11818 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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