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Drafting a Will Italy

There are many reasons why it is desirable for foreign citizens with assets in Italy to draft an Italian will:

Should I appoint a Will Executor within my Italian Will?

It is well known that, within common law systems, a will executor is required and administers the testator's property according to the instructions provided within the will. More specifically, the main executor’s tasks are:

Will Executor in Italy

In Italy, however, it is not required to appoint a will executor because Italian inheritance law provides that the ownership of the assets vests directly in the beneficiaries.

In other words, despite what usually happens within common law systems, beneficiaries are left to deal with the inherited assets and are supposed to cooperate with each other regarding the distribution of assets in compliance with the testator’s Will dispositions. Failing to do so, for whatever reason, could end up into litigation.

If you want to avoid it and want that your assets pass smoothly to the beneficiaries, appointing an Italian will executor is the right solution for you.

According to Italian law, the testator can appoint within the will an executor, called “esecutore testamentario” (article 700 of the Italian Civil Code). 

Although, according to Italian inheritance law, the executor’s duties will not be exactly the same as its english counterpart, an Italian executor will be able to both administer your Italian assets and to avoid litigation among the beneficiaries.

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