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    Italian Law in Italian
    This is a great resource for Italian law. All of the information within this section are in Italian.

    Buyers Beware! Latent / Hidden Defects in an Italian Property
    Where exactly do you stand if you discover major defects with your Italian property following completion? You move into your dream Italian home only to find that the condition of the property is significantly worse than anticipated.

    Cavaliere & Cavaliere - Avvocati - Roma
    This law firm based in Rome provides a full range of services to Italian and foreign clients. Service in English or Italian with expertise helping foreign, particularly American and Canadian clients with matters in Italy, such as citizenship, immigration, employment, property transactions, wills, family law and debt collection.

    Claim Your Italian Inheritance
    If a will does not exist, Italian law imposes what might be called "forced heirship", whereby certain relatives are entitled to a fixed proportion of a person's estate on death. Even if a will does exist, it must consider preset minimum quotas for certain member of the family otherwise the will would be considered null and void.

    Code of Canon Law
    These are the laws that govern the Catholic Church.

    Constitution of the Italian Republic
    The English version to Italy's constitution, which was enacted on December 22, 1947. This is a pdf file.

    The Constitutional Court
    This lists the judges, what the role of the court is and the jundgements they have ruled on.

    Emigrant Abandoned Property in Italy
    The following is an index of family names and their abandoned properties by Province and Town. If you see your family name, you may order an official report which will reference: map and parcels numbers, size of properties, names on title from the late 1800s to the present, dates of birth in most cases, and other details such as the names of other family members.

    Get Italian Citizenship
    This agency specializes in helping Italian Americans obtain recognition of the dual citizenship they've been entitled to since birth.

    Guide to Italian Legal Research and Resources on the Web
    This is a very detailed guide that contains a number of resources available online.

    How Can An English---Speaking Italian Inheritance Lawyer Help with The Italian Inheritance Process?
    If you have been named as a beneficiary of assets in Italy, and you have decided to accept your Italian inheritance, it is a good idea to use a specialist solicitor to help support you. The Italian inheritance process can be a complex process, so obtaining the right legal advice and having the right lawyer on your side will be massively beneficial in helping you get through it, especially if you are not resident in Italy. This article looks at some of the reasons why you should engage legal services.

    Investing in property in Italy – what you should know
    There are several things that a buyer should be aware of before investing in property in Italy.

    Is Your Last Will the Way?
    You will be shocked to learn that Italian law may not agree with your desires and might even impose the distribution of your Italian assets in a different manner than you had intended - regardless of your citizenship or residency.

    The Italian Citizenship Expert
    The Italian Citizenship Expert (ICE) is an Italian leading service company which offers highly specialized dual citizenship services to people who dream of becoming Italian citizens.

    Italian Legal Language Services
    They offer assistance to individuals and attorneys on matters of Italian inheritance law, real property title searches, marriage and divorce proceedings in Italy as well as assistance with pensions and general administrative issues.

    Law Firms
    A list of major law firms located in Italy.

    Losing Your Italian Inheritance
    Many people believe that Italian law follows the "same rules" as those of their home country and that, for example, if you are named in a will you inherit something, and if not named, you get nothing. This common belief is generally the crux of the matter and the reason inheritances are lost or go unclaimed!

    NATLEX - Italy
    The database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation.

    Roman Legal Tradition
    A Journal of Ancient Medieval and Modern Civil Law, which aims to promote the study of the civilian tradition in English.

    Roman Law
    Invented over 2000 years ago Roman Law still has its influence in the modern day legal system.

    Scorpions and Italian Real Estate
    Which Italian word accurately represents a legal concept understood by all Italians and known to none? If your parents or grandparents abandoned their family and land in Italy for a better life elsewhere, you should read on.

    The Testamentary Succession
    Italian inheritance law dates back to Roman Law in that close family members of the deceased are protected, therefore, partially limiting the right of the testator to dispose of his/her own assets entirely as he/she wishes.

    Using the Inheritance Wild Card
    So what does this wild card have to do with the writing of an Italian will? It relates to the percentage of one's assets in Italy that one may dispose of freely. In Italian legalese it is called, La disponibile.

    The Value of Drafting an Italian Will
    Although, generally speaking, Italy recognizes the validity of international Wills, under the Italian Law all foreign Wills must be authenticated by an Italian Public Notary before executing the probate. The Notary will not publish or legalize Wills drafted in a foreign language (and governed by different legal jurisdictions) in Italy unless translated by a professionally certified translator. It is nonetheless advisable for a non-Italian citizen to draft an Italian Will if s/he owns properties (house or land) on Italian territory.


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