Intestate Succession in Latin America

Jan Peter Schmidt

in Comparative Succession Law

Published in print August 2015 | ISBN: 9780198747123
Published online October 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191809408 | DOI:
Intestate Succession in Latin America

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The laws of intestate succession in Latin America are homogenous in so far as their fundamental characteristics are concerned. In the order of heirs among relatives, for example, they almost invariably follow the so-called ‘three-line system’, with its strict hierarchy of descendants, ascendants, and collateral relatives. A focus on the core family is another common feature. But Latin American regimes have also developed a range of independent solutions based on specific economic, sociological, or cultural factors. This chapter examines intestate succession in larger jurisdictions, such as Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, and especially Chile as the most influential of the legal systems in the continent. The discussions cover the general aspects of intestate succession; intestate succession of relatives; extra-marital and adopted children; cohabitation and same-sex partnerships; adjustment of advances; and the position of the state.

Keywords: Latin American civil law; intestate succession; succession law; relatives; children; cohabitants; same-sex partnerships; advances; state

Chapter.  27563 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law ; Family Law

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