Contest a Will in Italy

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Excellent service, definitely recommended. Very good and reliable service!
Rakesh Rathod
Rakesh Rathod
14 Jun 2024

Service Details

Contest a Will

This service is available across Italy

Who Is This Service For?

Contesting a Will in Italy involves dealing with Italy’s challenging inheritance laws, which are framed within the Italian Civil Code. Here we explain the process, legal basis, and specific considerations involved in challenging a Will under Italian jurisdiction, for any of the following:

  • Heirs or beneficiaries who suspect the Will does not accurately reflect the deceased's intentions due to undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity, or non-compliance with legal formalities.
  • Family members affected by the Will's distribution, especially in instances where forced heirship rights may have been overlooked.
  • Individuals holding evidence of a more recent testamentary document that could supersede the existing Will.
Who Is This Service For?


  • Legal Grounds for Contestation: Challenges based on the testator's mental capacity, undue influence, or procedural errors during the will's creation and execution, all within the context of the Italian Civil Code's stipulations.
  • Documentary Evidence: Supporting documents or testimony that substantiate the claim against the will's validity.


  1. Initial Assessment: Reviewing the contested will against Italian inheritance law provisions, including the Codice Civile (Civil Code) and specific regional statutes if applicable.
  2. Filing the Contestation: Submitting a legal challenge through the appropriate Italian judicial venue, often necessitating a notary's involvement for document validation.
  3. Probate Process Navigation: Engaging with Italy's unique probate framework, which prioritizes administrative resolution over court proceedings, unless the will's validity is directly challenged​​.

Benefits to Clients

  • Expertise in Italian Inheritance Law: Deep understanding of Italy's forced heirship rules, testamentary freedom limitations, and the specific requirements for will types recognized under Italian law.
  • Strategic Legal Representation: Tailored advice and litigation strategy to navigate the complexities of contesting wills in Italy, considering both domestic and EU succession regulations.
  • Comprehensive Support: From evidence collection to legal filing and representation, offering a full spectrum of services to challenge a will effectively.
Benefits to Clients

Key Features of this Service

  • Guidance on Italian Testamentary Laws including the Civil Code's directives on will creation, execution, and the distinct nature of holographic, secret, and public wills as regulated within Italian succession law​​​​.
  • Assistance with Tax and Fiscal Duties related to inheritance acceptance or renunciation, including the preparation and submission of the Dichiarazione di Successione (Statement of Succession) to the Italian tax authorities​​.
  • Expert navigation of Probate Alternatives in Italy, where traditional court probate is less common and administrative pathways are preferred for estate resolution​​.
Key Features of this Service

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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