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No transfer of assets can occur until Probate is officially granted by the Israeli Probate Registry or the Israeli courts.

Drafting a comprehensive will that includes all the testators’ assets is standard practice in English legal procedures. However, when it comes to assets held in Israel, a notable distinction arises. This restriction applies universally to any asset. Even in cases where accounts are jointly owned, the banks will not release any funds unless a survivorship clause was explicitly stipulated at the account’s inception.

In accordance with Section 136 of the Israeli Inheritance Act of 1965, the Israeli courts hold exclusive jurisdiction for the issuance of probate or letters of administration when the deceased individual, a non-Israeli, possessed property within Israel.

Having an Israeli Will is crucial for non-Israeli citizens who own property in Israel. This ensures your assets in all countries are distributed according to your wishes after you pass away. The Israeli Will specifically covers any real estate or other assets located in Israel.

Israeli law only recognizes Wills that are written and executed under Israeli law. Therefore, your foreign Will has no legal standing for your assets in Israel. Without a legally valid Israeli Will, Israeli Succession law would determine how your Israeli estate is divided. This default distribution may not align with your intentions.

An Israeli Will is essential to dictate what happens to your Israeli assets, such as real estate, bank accounts, investments, and valuable personal property. It designates beneficiaries for these assets and spells out how you want them allocated. This provides clarity to your heirs and helps avoid potential conflicts over your Israeli property after you are gone.

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    Some key advantages of having an Israeli Will include:

    • You can name different beneficiaries for your Israeli assets than those named in your foreign Will. This allows you to provide for loved ones specifically in each country.
    • You can designate guardians for any minor children who inherit Israeli property. Your foreign Will has no authority in Israel.
    • Your Israeli estate will avoid lengthy probate procedures in Israeli family courts after your passing.

    There are strict requirements under Israeli law for executing a valid Israeli Will. It should be written by an Israeli Lawyer to avoid mistakes. Two disinterested witnesses must be present at the signing and also provide their signatures or it can be notorised by an Israeli Notary.

    In summary, having a thoughtfully crafted Israeli Will ensures your Israeli assets are administered according to your wishes. It prevents complications, confusion, and potential family disputes over your Israeli property. Confer with an experienced Israeli estate attorney when creating your Israeli Will to fully protect your Israeli real estate and other assets.

    Please contact our London office for English consultation by an Israeli Inheritance Lawyer who can assist with drafting your Israeli Will:

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