Italian inheritance tax, “Imposte di Successione” was abolished by law no. 383 of 18 October 2001. Subsequently, the government re-introduced inheritance tax through law no. 286, dated 24th November 2006. The law has been applicable to inheritance cases since 3rd October 2006. (more…)
Living in a cross-cultural relationship
Italian Divorce Law is one of the frequent questions our clients address to our law firm. Many of them and many friends and family members, in fact, are part of a cross-cultural relationship and for the most part it is an enriching and beautiful experience but it can also difficult to manage.
When it comes to marriage and children it is wise to speak to experts, both for emotional support and legal support. Regrettably, international separations and divorces are becoming more common.
Obviously, people don’t enter in to married life thinking about where the best location for a divorce would be. However, where couples choose to divorce can have a major impact on both parties’ financial health, so getting it right is very important. Delays in deciding this could result in a disastrous outcome. (more…)
This article deals with the issue of the choice of law ruling the economic relationship between foreign married couples resident in Italy.
Matrimonial regime in Italy, “Regime patrimoniale coniugale” in Italian, is governed by Italian Civil Code. Italian law no. 218 of the 1995 amendment reforming international private law, determines applicable law.
Concerning the economic relationship between married couples, if they have the same nationality, the national law of the two partners will be enforced. (more…)
The steps of an Italian Attorney’s legal career
The path to a legal career to become an Italian Attorney involves several years of study and internships.
Future lawyers first need to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in law, (Laurea in Scienze Giuridiche), which takes three years. To proceed along the path towards practising law, students require a two-year post-graduate degree (Laurea Specialistica in Giurisprudenza) or, a further five-year Master’s Degree (Laurea a ciclo unico Magistrale in Giurisprudenza). (more…)
Partition of the estate
Should there be more than one heir nominated in a Will or in accordance with Italian law, a condition of joint-ownership of rights and duties concerning the inheritance is established among the co-heirs.
A testator’s estate is composed of assets and real rights: the co-heirs receive the estate in proportion to their inheritance quota, either as apportioned in the testator’s Will or in accordance with the law – and, in the same proportion, they acquire any credits due and take on all the debts of the testator. (more…)
Following the recent introduction of civil unions into Italian national law our thoughts turn to the parental rights of married and particularly unmarried couples in Italy.
Italian politician, Monica Cirinnà has told us that the rights of those in a civil union will be much the same as those of married couples.
This of course cannot be so straightforward when it comes to children, and we still await clarity on the case for adoption between civil partners. As it stands, adoption for same sex couples is still off the cards.
For those living in or moving to Italy it is important to understand parental rights. That way, as a married or unmarried couple with children you can be in the best position to make decisions or provisions for the future. (more…)
Italian and EU Divorce Law
Across much of the European Union, marriages between couples of different nationalities, are on the rise. In addition, the number of married couples living as expats in another EU country is increasing. Unfortunately, this means that international separations and divorces are becoming more common.
Obviously, people don’t enter into married life thinking about where the best location for a divorce would be; married couples are unlikely to be interested in thinking about this while they remain happy together, and couples may not be able to agree on the appropriate jurisdiction if they are about to be or are already separated. However, where couples choose to divorce can have a major impact on both parties’ financial health, so getting it right is crucial. (more…)