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Israeli Inheritance Lawer
What to do when somebody died in Israel but their heirs are abroad?
When a person dies, their heirs have to submit an application for a grant of representation together with a Probate or letters of administration.
Anybody with an interest in the estate as an heir, executor/s, or creditor can submit apply to the Israeli Probate Office.
To receive a Probate order in Israel, the beneficiaries or the executor must draft and submit an application and comply with the Israeli inheritance regulations.
To receive a probate order, a beneficiary according to the will who lives abroad can sign a power of attorney in an Israeli embassy, appointing a lawyer in Israel to submit a probate order request on his or her behalf.
Spouse Rights to the Estate
Common-Law Spouses & Publicly-Known Couples
Under section 57c of Israeli inheritance law, common-law spouses are entitled to alimony of the estate.
“Whether man and woman are living family life in a joint household, but are not married to each other, and one of them have died, and at his/her death, none of them was married to another person, he/she is entitled to alimony of the estate as if they were married to each other”.
The National Insurance Act defines the term “wife” under two cumulative conditions.
- At the time of the insured person’s death, the person in question was the insured’s common-law spouse under customary tests, like sharing a life and a common household
- At the time of the insured’s death, the person in question lived with him
According to the National Insurance Institute, a common-law spouse is entitled to relative allowance on the condition that they have reported themselves as common-law spouses in order to not create debts.
“Common-law spouses are defined by Social Security Law as married, therefore, Widow/er, if you are living together under one roof with a spouse without a formal relationship, you must report immediately to the National Insurance about your common life. Failure to report may result creation of the debts, which you will be obligated to return.”
Pension rights, provident fund rights, and so on are subject to the regulations of the deceased’s programs. Regulations are very strict and the court tends not to intervene in them. In one case, the supreme court even ruled approving a regulation which declined to give anything to the deceased’s official wife.
Spouses married according to the religious laws “Ke’ dat Moshe Ve’ Yisrael”/”Chuppah”
In the case of couples who have married in Israel according to the laws of Moses and Israel, when one spouse dies and leaves property in Israel or abroad, his widow is entitled to inherit it under law.
Our firm specializes in drafting and executing notarized wills. Our Israeli Inheritance lawyer will draft the will according to the testators instructions and will provide advice on its effect post death.
Our office’s experienced Wills, Trusts, and Estates Division will prepare clients’ wills in a manner that avoids future legal complications.
Wills are verified by a notary who checks the testator’s legal capacity, or competence under law to make a will, whether the testator is aware of the will’s content, and whether he or she is preparing the document of his or her own free will without pressure or outside influence. In extreme circumstances, we will film the signing of the will in order to prevent future claims by those objecting to the probate of the will.
Our office specializes in providing the following services:
- Drafting, executing, and verifying notarized wills
- Drafting, executing, and verifying mutual wills
- Drafting, executing, and verifying wills before witnesses
In cases where our client is not able or willing to come to our office, we offer at-home notary services. This includes cases such as:
- Certification and drafting of notarized wills in a nursing home
- Certification and drafting of notarized wills in a hospital
- Certification and drafting of notarized wills in the client’s home
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