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IMPORTANT CHANGES REGARDING HAND-WRITTEN WILLS

 Law 4182/2013 has brought significant changes regarding the handwritten Wills while restricting, for the first time, a person's freedom to dispose of his Estate freely and to choose any type of Will he or she prefers. Specifically, the new law provides that, if a person without next-of-kin wishes to bequeth his Estate to a third party, he or she may now do so only through a Public Will (which is signed before a Notary in the presence of three witnesses). Should a person name a third party as the beneficiary of his Estate in a handwritten Will (and provided this person has no next-of-kin) said Will is void. It should be noted that the new Law applies not only to any handwritten Wills drafted after it comes into effect but also to those drafted in the past as long as the testator is still living. For more information please see our blog at greeklawyersblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/recent-changes-in-the-rules-governing-hand-written-wills/

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