Towards an Open and Flexible Imperative Inheritance Law

IMPERATIVE INHERITANCE LAW IN A LATE-MODERN SOCIETY: FIVE PERSPECTIVES, pp. 203-221, C. Castelein, R. Foqué & A. Verbeke, European Family Law Series No. 26, 2009

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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: September 23, 2009

Abstract

This article is the concluding chapter of the multi-disciplinary book on Imperative Inheritance Law in which several scholars have analyzed the issue from five different perspectives: anthropology of law, history of law, sociology of law, law and economics and comparative law. All five perspectives indicate that inheritance law is converging towards a more open system of imperative rules. Forced heirship regimes are weakening their claims, and strengthening the position of the testator. There seems to be some desire for more balancing of the entitlements of protected heirs with the autonomy and freedom of disposition of the testator.

We conclude that the institution of imperative inheritance law remains firm and thick. However the change in context of today's society necessitates adaptations in the concrete institutes and formats that realize the institution. Radically different institutes such as no forced heirship in Anglo-American tradition and strong forced heirship on the continent are evolving and converging towards each other, thus proving that they serve a similar deeper goal embedded in the institution of imperative inheritance law.

Keywords: Inheritance Law, Imperative law, Forced Heirship, Comparative Law, Anthropology of Law, History of Law, Law and Economics, Sociology of Law

JEL Classification: K11, K12

Suggested Citation

Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G., Towards an Open and Flexible Imperative Inheritance Law (September 23, 2009). IMPERATIVE INHERITANCE LAW IN A LATE-MODERN SOCIETY: FIVE PERSPECTIVES, pp. 203-221, C. Castelein, R. Foqué & A. Verbeke, European Family Law Series No. 26, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1793127

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