Inheritance law

Inheritance law goes to the heart of human relationships and is one of the most complex areas of law. This complexity does not arise only from laws and regulations. The diversity in family situations – from compound families and official or unofficial cohabitants to growing internationalization with foreign wills The result is an increase in unclear inheritance situations and, in some cases, family conflicts.

When dealing with an inheritance law situation, expertise and trust are essential. The specialized lawyers at Simmelink Attorneys are here for you with in-depth knowledge and personal guidance, so you can feel supported in all your inheritance law issues.

Looking for a probate lawyer?

Are you involved in an inheritance or probate situation and need an experienced probate lawyer with expertise? The inheritance law specialists at Simmelink Law Firm are ready to help and guide you. They will be happy to provide you with clarification and legal advice. And is there a conflict at play? Then they will help you resolve it. In doing so, they take all your worries out of your hands, so you can concentrate on what really matters.

When can you hire us as an inheritance lawyer?

In complex inheritance law situations, it is very important to seek the advice of a specialized inheritance lawyer. You can contact us for:

  • Accepting or renouncing an inheritance
  • Explanation and advice on wills
  • Clarification around bequests
  • Distribution of inheritance
  • Child’s share and legitimate portion
  • Rights of stepchildren
  • Review of donation
  • Second opinion and independent advice
  • Legitimate heir
  • Disputes with the executor or testamentary administrator
  • Assistance in court proceedings

Experienced probate lawyers

Due to its multidisciplinary nature, inheritance law is a particularly complex area in which broad legal knowledge and experience are indispensable. At Law Office Simmelink, we not only specialize in inheritance law, but also have extensive experience in other areas of law. This allows us to approach inheritance law issues with a multidisciplinary view, with knowledge of tax law, commercial and corporate law, real estate law, matrimonial property law, and (international) family law.

This extensive expertise and experience allow us to support you in all facets of probate law.

Why choose Simmelink Lawyers?

“The best of 2 worlds: personal involvement of a small firm and the professionalism and expertise of a large firm.”

Personal commitment

We are personally involved in your case and accompany you from start to finish. For us, accessibility is key: you can always call or email us with questions. We are always there for you.

Expertise and up-to-date information

As experts in our field, we actively follow all recent developments and rulings. This allows us to always provide you with accurate, up-to-date information and personalized advice.

Results-oriented approach

We act decisively and proactively on your behalf. Our approach ensures that we take on every legal challenge for you and achieve the best possible solution.

Transparency and communication

We believe in the importance of clear communication and transparency in all our interactions. We proactively keep you informed about the progress of your case and all associated costs, so you always know where you stand.

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Accept or reject inheritance

Accepting or rejecting an inheritance is an important decision. By accepting an inheritance, you become responsible for both the deceased’s assets and debts. Rejecting an inheritance means relinquishing both assets and debts. Our probate lawyers will inform you of the legal and financial implications so that you can make an informed decision.

Read more: Inheritance: accept or reject? Advice from inheritance lawyer.

Explanation and advice on wills

Wills can be complex and confusing. Our specialists explain each part of the will and advise on the implications for your situation.

Clarification around bequests

We navigate you through the specific legal nuances of bequests so that you understand your rights and how to claim them.

Distribution of inheritance

The division of the estate can be complex, depending on the wishes of the deceased, the composition of the estate and the relationship between the heirs. A specialized probate lawyer can guide you through the process of dividing the inheritance, considering the legal rules and any will you may have.

With our expertise, we ensure a fair and legally correct distribution of the estate, considering all parties involved.

Child’s share or legitimate portion

The legitimate portion is the minimum portion of the inheritance to which a child is entitled, regardless of the provisions in the will. When a child is disinherited, they can still claim a legitimate portion.

We guide you in calculating and claiming your child’s share or legitimate portion, ensuring that your rights as an heir are protected.

Rights of stepchildren

Our services clarify and challenge the unique inheritance rights of stepchildren, ensuring fair treatment within the family.

Reviewing donations

We ensure that donations are handled correctly and fairly within the estate in accordance with inheritance law.

Second opinion inheritance settlement

Are you in doubt about a previous recommendation? Our second opinion offers a fresh, independent look at your inheritance law situation.

Search for the rightful heir

We conduct thorough investigations into the legitimacy of heir ship claims, ensuring the authenticity of claims.

Disputes surrounding executor or testamentary administrator

When conflicts arise, we represent and support your interests, whether in discussions outside of court or in formal proceedings.

Assistance in court proceedings

Our legal experts represent and guide you through every step of court proceedings, from drafting documents and agreements to the hearing itself.

What does an inheritance law lawyer cost?

The cost of an estate lawyer can vary, influenced by factors such as the complexity of the case and the hours required for advice, negotiations and possible proceedings. Indeed, the number of hours required is greatly determined by the complexity of the issue. In addition, the knowledge and experience the probate lawyer has can also play a role in the amount of the fee and the number of hours required. Some lawyers charge an hourly rate, while others charge a flat fee for their services but often with restrictive terms.

It is important to clarify in advance the rates and expected costs. At Simmelink Lawyers, we strive to be transparent about our fees. Therefore, we offer a no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation and the potential costs. Our expertise and efficient approach allow us to offer a favorable balance between cost and quality of service, making us an excellent choice for your probate matters.

What is the certificate of inheritance and why do you need it?

A certificate of inheritance is an official document prepared by a notary public. This statement states who the heirs are, who may settle the estate and whether a will was made by the deceased. A certificate of inheritance may be needed to access bank accounts of the deceased, to settle debts, or to put certain assets, such as a house, in the name of the heirs.

If you are involved in an estate and need a certificate of inheritance, our specialized inheritance lawyers can guide you in engaging a notary and obtaining the certificate of inheritance. They can also advise you on the steps to take after obtaining the declaration to settle the estate.

What does settling the estate entail?

Liquidating the estate involves settling the estate and distributing it to the heirs. This process includes taking an inventory of assets and debts, paying any debts, and distributing the remaining assets to the heirs according to legal rules or the will.

Our specialized probate lawyers can advise and guide you through the process of settling the estate, taking into account your rights and responsibilities as heirs. They can support you in making decisions, drafting documents, and resolving any conflicts between heirs.

What happens if there is no will?

If there is no will, the estate is distributed according to the legal distribution. In this case, the surviving spouse or registered partner and the children are the heirs.