Reforming Belgian Inheritance Law - Interview with Netto De Tijd (Hervorming Belgisch Erfrecht - in Dutch)
3 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2011
Date Written: November 13, 2010
Interview with Netto De Tijd: In this interview I argue that Belgian inheritance law is outdated.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
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