Reforming Belgian Inheritance Law - Interview with Netto De Tijd (Hervorming Belgisch Erfrecht - in Dutch)

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Alain Laurent Verbeke

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law; Harvard Law School; KU Leuven - Faculty of Psychology; Tilburg Law School; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Private Client Team @ Deloitte Legal - Lawyers

Date Written: November 13, 2010

Abstract

Interview with Netto De Tijd: In this interview I argue that Belgian inheritance law is outdated. A substantial reform is needed, not the small ad hoc changes that some politicians are envisaging. Forced heirship rules should be abolished. A distinction should be made between family property passed through generations and partner property, established by partners of a couple through their labor and joint efforts in their joint venture/partnership as a couple. The claim of the blood must be limited to family property. Marital gains however should be awarded to the partners. Imperative rules should be limited to marital property law. It should also be made possible to make contracts about the succession. Also more attention is needed for preparing heirs: open communication in families and investing in psychological and emotional aspects of the relationship seem more important than mere legal planning.

Keywords: Inheritance Law, Marital Property Law, Comparative Law

JEL Classification: K11, K12

Suggested Citation

Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G., Reforming Belgian Inheritance Law - Interview with Netto De Tijd (Hervorming Belgisch Erfrecht - in Dutch) (November 13, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1781730 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1781730

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