Wills & Succession Law

Will & Succession Law at a glance

Will & Succession Law is the branch of private law which sets out the inheritance rules governing who and to what degree will inherit the assets of a deceased person, and what portion thereof (known as the “compulsory portion”). A living person can also dispose his / her estate by will, nonetheless he will be allowed to dispose only a portion of the estate (known as the “disposable portion”). The Cypriot rules of inheritance will apply to any person who is domiciled in Cyprus and any person who holds immovable property in Cyprus.

Sources of Cyprus Succession Law

  • Administration of Estates Law & Regulations
  • The Probates (Re-Sealing) Law, Cap. 192
  • Wills and Succession Law, Cap 195
  • The Law regulating the property of missing people, L. Ν. 178(I)/2003
  • Regulation 650/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and acceptance and enforcement of authentic instruments in matters of succession and on the creation of a European Certificate of Succession

The expertise of EK in the field

Our firm and our firm’s parent company, law Firm “Achilles & Emile C. Emilianides”, has undisputed knowledge and vast experience in the field, which includes:

  • Considerable experience in handling major and leading succession and inheritance law cases
  • Representation before the Registrars, the District Courts, and the Supreme Court
  • Drafting and execution of wills and administration of estates
  • Provision of legal advice to natural and legal persons
  • Drafting of legal opinions on every aspect of Will and Succession law
  • Participation of Dr Prof Achilles C. Emilianides in the workgroup for the drafting of the European Regulation 650/2012
  • Drafting of legal opinions upon request of clients, both national and international, regarding the complex issues arising out of the Regulation 650/2012

Why choose EK?

It is widely known that our firm and our firm’s parent company have significantly contributed to the development of the Will & Succession law in Cyprus. In particular, the senior partner of our firm’s parent company, Constantinos A. Emilianides, who was a registered advocate since 1977, acted as the Secretary (1985–1988) and the President (1988–1991) of the Nicosia Bar Association and as a Member of the Board of the Cyprus Bar Association (1988–1991), had the honour to be appointed as a lecturer on Will & Succession law by the Legal Council of Cyprus, and gave those lectures for more than 10 years. In 2017, Dr Prof Achilles C. Emilianides, who published the 'Family and Succession Law in Cyprus’ in 2012, was appointed as a lecturer on Will & Succession law by the Legal Council Cyprus, a position he holds to this day.

Due to our firm’s extraordinary engagement with Succession law, our litigators are considered experts in their field, selected both for their detailed knowledge and proven track record in their areas of expertise. We are proud to provide a service that encapsulates all the elements of professionalism that are expected from a leading firm, such as our own. You can have complete confidence that throughout your experience, our team will offer continuous support and will act in your best interests.

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