Italian Notary, Estate Administration, Insurance Claims, Citizenship, Legal Translations
Our office prepares notarized documents for filings in Italy. Our clients, typically residing outside of Italy, wish to transfer assets, sell Italian real estate, claim insurance proceeds or other assets, or to understand elder law in Italy. Our areas of concentration: Italian Inheritance law (Le successioni) Italian Citizenship. We also assist in determining Italian Estate Taxes, if any. Our office offers professional guidance with claiming Italian postal bonds and Italian insurance administration.
Non-Italian Attorneys may contact us for assistance on Italian estate filings according to Italian succession law and related procedures. Probate procedures do not exist in Italy. Our experts can also provide assistance with understanding Italian Elder Law.
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|Italian Notary / Powers of Attorney||Procura|
|Claiming Italian Life Insurance Benefits||Riscossioni capitali assicurati|
|Italian Death Certificates||Certificati di Morte|
|Italian Property Records – Deeds||Visure catastali e di conservatoria|
|Italian Bank Accounts||Informazioni su conti bancari e postali|
|Italian Wills & Recordings||Richiesta e registrazione testamenti|
|Italian Succession Law Filings||Dichiarazioni di successione|
|Italian Property Transfers to Heirs||Successioni ereditarie|
|Italian Property Sales & Giftings||Compravendite e donazioni|
|Italian Property Taxes||Calcolo e pagamento imposte e tasse|
|Italian Citizenship||Cittadinanza italiana|
- Notary procedures for filing documents outside of Italy
- General Power of Attorney (not recommended)
- Limited Power of Attorney (used for Italian property sales, property management, rentals)
- Delegation of Authority to accomplish a single operation
Required: Name of insuring company, policy number and names the beneficiaries. Having only the name of the insurance company we will make contact in writing, and expedite the complex procedures required in Italian inurance administration.
Italian death certificates are obtained in the Italian town in which the death occurred or where the deceased resided. However, our clients can obtain any certificate in short order by requesting them directly.
The Italian Government data base is organized in two parts: land only holdings (terreni) or buildings (fabbricati). The information contains exact map location of the properties, sizes, and owners on title, even if deceased many decades ago. The heirs of those deceased may file to take ownership according to Italian law.
Every Italian bank must maintain in their respective data base records all financial activity for 10 years. From the 11th year of non-activity funds are transferred to the Italian Government Repository in Rome. To claim funds one must know the name of the bank and the account number and have a closing statement of the bank before the funds were transferred to Rome.
A foreign will can be recorded in Italy and is considered valid. The recording of a will is filed in the succession department of the Italian courts.
Italian law gives precedence to the decedent’s will but also provides for a minimum share of the estate to the immediate family members (legittimari). Italian law also protects the decedents’ creditors. The filing of estates in Italy do not follow probate procedures. Note: No inheritances taxes for the immediate family up to Euro 1,000,000.
The rights of Heirs to Italian assets is accomplished with a succession filing recorded with the Italian Revenue Department, called the Agenzia delle Entrate.
The seller and buyer of Italian real estate usually agree on the terms of the sale in a Preliminary Contract (contratto preliminare) which may be officially recorded. The terms are legally binding with reimbursement of damages for violating or withdrawing from the final act, the escrow (Il rogito) or mandatory sale. The escrow must be recorded in in the Italian Government in the data based called “la conservatoria”. There is no such document called a deed in Italy. One may see the completed recorded transfer to the new owner(s) via the internet on-line.
Personal property taxes on Italian real estate are not sent to a property owner in the mail nor by email. Property taxes are not based on what is known outside of Italy as the “assessor’s valuation” but rather on a system called “rendita catastale” which sets forth the basis for the calculation of the amount, called IMU.
Property taxes in Italy are paid twice a year, typically through an Italian bank.
A foreign citizen and resident may obtain Italian citizenship commonly by “blood” (juris sanguinis) or by marriage (juris matrimoni). More detailed information is available at any Italian Consulate. If you need personal assistance please request an appointment by calling 866-694-5500 or by eMail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All translations into Italian must pass the approval of Italian Consulate Legal Department of absolute completeness and exact nuance. The absence of these two criteria will cause a translation to be rejected. Difficulties arise when concepts based on common law (US, England, Australia, New Zealand) which do not match the reality Italian standards. The most arduous translations involve the verbiage of trusts, wills, and marriage settlement documents. Only very experienced translators, preferably those with Italian law degrees or Italian attorneys should be selected.