Wills, Testaments, and Inheritance Laws in Chile

Procedures, requirements and all information related to wills, testaments and inheritance laws in Chile 

If you’re from a common law country, Chilean inheritance laws can cause some surprises in its set rules and formalities. 
All Chilean nationals are subject to certain aspects of family and inheritance law, no matter where they reside. Chilean inheritance laws are highly structured and based on the concept of ‘’forced heirs” specifically designed to avoid disinheriting family members. 
The first, mandatory proportioning of the estate covers all debts related to alimony and child support that the deceased may have owed up to the time of their death deducted from the total assets of the estate before any distribution to the heirs. Secondly, if a couple is married as sociedad conyugal, the communal goods are split in half before distributing the estate to other heirs. All remaining assets and debts must be divided and apportioned to specific heirs according to the regulations established by Chilean law. 

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**These are from a series we contributed to the Chile Pages

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