Gros Van de Mensen Heeft Geen Nood Aan Successieplanning (How Most People Shouldn't Need Any Estate Planning)

De Tijd, November 2008

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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 25, 2008

Abstract

In this Op Ed I argue that the trend of pushing common people into estate planning, forcing them to donate assets inter vivos at low rates as 3% in order to avoid the higher inheritance taxes of 27 % makes no sense.

Better would be to abolish inheritance taxes between spouses and children up to a cap of eg 1 million Euro. If some simple adaptations would be made to marital property law and succession law, this would leave 99% of the Belgians without any need of estate planning at all, bringing them an enormous peace of mind to enjoy their money and house for the rest of their lives.

Note: Downloadable document is in Dutch.

Keywords: Estate Planning, Marital Property Law, Succession Law, Inheritance Tax

JEL Classification: K11, K12

Suggested Citation

Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G., Gros Van de Mensen Heeft Geen Nood Aan Successieplanning (How Most People Shouldn't Need Any Estate Planning) (November 25, 2008). De Tijd, November 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1801303

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