Making a Greek Will when Buying Property in Greece

Greek inheritance laws are probably very different to those that you are used to in your home country.

We can advise you on the various different options regarding your Greek Will. It is possible to have two wills – one in Greece covering your Greek assets and one in the UK covering your other assets. Both Wills need to be drafted carefully to make sure that they do not revoke each other.

Can you use a UK Will for Greek property?

You can leave your assets in Greece to somebody with a UK Will, but this doesn’t make sense – the cost of the subsequent inheritance will be more and it is possible that you will inadvertently cause inheritance tax problems.

What happens if you don’t make a Will?

The cost and extra complications of leaving no Will at all is a potential headache and should be avoided.

Do you need to follow Greek inheritance law as a foreigner?

Whilst as a foreigner you do not have to follow the same rules that Greek people do in terms of who you have to leave your property to, it often makes sense to do so as this can save your beneficiaries huge amounts in tax.

Do you need to go to Greece to make a Greek Will?

The Greek Will can be signed in the UK or in Greece, however the safest way to proceed as far as the Greek will is concerned is to have this drafted before a Notary Public in Greece.

Please note that given that inheritance disputes are subject to lex patriae, you might need to comply with any UK compulsory legal provisions.

To find out more, please take a look at our guide to foreign Wills.

Need help with a Will for property in Greece?

Our UK-based team of property lawyers are highly experienced in helping clients who own property in Greece to make appropriate Wills for their Greek assets.

With a thorough understanding of both UK and Greek law, we can provide clear, reliable legal guidance in plain English, giving you the confidence to deal effectively with inheritance issues for property in Greece.

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