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Is a UK Will Valid in Turkey?

Navigating international law can be complex, especially when it comes to estate planning. A common question we encounter is, “Is a UK will valid in Turkey?” This article aims to provide some clarity on this matter.


Understanding International Wills

An international will is a legal document that is recognized in multiple countries. It is designed to simplify the probate process when the deceased owned assets in more than one country.


The Validity of a UK Will in Turkey

In general, Turkey recognizes foreign wills, including those from the UK, as long as they comply with the legal requirements in the deceased’s home country. However, the implementation of the will is subject to Turkish inheritance laws.


Turkish Inheritance Laws

In Turkey, inheritance laws are based on the principle of “statutory shares”. This means that certain relatives, such as the spouse and children, are entitled to a portion of the estate, regardless of what the will states.


The Importance of Legal Advice

Given the complexities of international estate planning, it’s crucial to seek legal advice. A lawyer can help ensure that your will is valid and enforceable in Turkey, and guide you through the probate process.



So, is a UK will valid in Turkey? Generally, yes. However, it’s important to understand that the enforcement of the will is subject to Turkish laws. Therefore, seeking professional legal advice is always recommended.


Remember, our law firm is here to help. Contact us today for more information.


Please note that this is a general overview and may not apply to all situations. Always consult with a professional for advice tailored to your situation.

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