Inheritance Law & Wills in Turkey

  • Basak
    Basak
    BASAK studied law at the Eastern Mediterranean University and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Energy Law at Yasar University. Basak is specialized in all matters concerning Energy Law, Business and Commercial Law, Real Estate, İnheritance and Family Law. She was admitted to Antalya Bar Association in 2009 . She speaks Turkish and English while Russian is also spoken in her office.
  • Dilruba
    Dilruba
    Dilruba graduated from the Gazi University, Faculty of Law and for several years has been working at one of the top law firms of Ankara specialising on cases regarding insurance law, corporate law, labour law, enforcement law and international private law that embodies different departments for each field of law. She is fluent in English and German as well as her native Turkish
  • Yusuf
    Yusuf
    Yusuf graduated from Izmir University and started working immediately with a prestigious law firm in the city. He now manages his own law office, focusing on commercial litigation, contractual disputes, debt collection, employment law as well as occasionally assisting clients in the areas of property law. Yusuf is a member of Izmir Bar Association and speaks English fluently.
  • Nihan
    Níhan
    Nihan was admitted to the Turkish Bar in 2009. She primarily concentrates on Contracts Law, Real Estate and Construction Law. She also regularly advises on Litigation (debt recovery, breach of contract, liability and corporate conflicts etc.), Family Law and Labour Law. She has considerable experience in the field of cross-border and transnational legal matters. She is fluent in English and French and in addition she is a registered sworn translator and interpreter.
  • ilkay
    Ilkay
    Having lived and studied in a number of countries such as the USA, Japan, Belgium and Russia, ilkay has an international background that makes him ideal for assisting English-speaking clients in Turkey. Specialising in business law, property matters and immigration, ilkay speaks fluent English and is a registered and regulated lawyer in Istanbul.
  • Kübra
    Kübra
    Kubra is a partner in her law firm which has offices in Istanbul and Izmit. Kubra and her firm focuses primarily in the areas of Corporate Law, Inheritance and Family Law. Her firm also regularly advises on Litigation (labor law, debt recovery, breach of contract, liability and corporate conflicts ), She also represents multinational corporate clients on regulatory compliance matters, particularly in the areas of corporate, trade and customs and real estate property matters. she is a registered arbitrator and a sworn translator and interpreter.

Introduction

The main laws governing inheritance in Turkey are the Turkish Civil Code, Law on Code of International Private and Procedural Law, and the Code of Civil Procedure.

The main principle regarding jurisdiction over real property is that property is regulated by the laws where it is located. Turkish law is therefore the applicable law governing ownership of real property located within the boundaries of the Republic of Turkey.

If the estate of the deceased includes fixed property assets in Turkey, then Turkish Law is applied, whereas movable assets are subject to the deceased’s national law.

Religion or nationality has no effect on jurisdiction concerning inheritance issues; however if a citizen of a country with which Turkey does not have reciprocity inherits real estate in Turkey, then the property is devolved and the real estate is liquidated.

The Court of Peace and Court of First Instance are the principal courts which hear lawsuits on inheritance issues. The length of time taken to complete the proceedings is unpredictable, since it depends on the complexity of the case and the caseload of the court.

 

Why Make a Will?

If you die intestate, your estate will be wound up according to the rules of intestacy. These can quite often be very complicated. By making a Turkish will you may help your successors avoid time-consuming and costly legal proceedings and to suffer unnecessarily due to complications that may arise during the winding up of your estate.

Dying intestate can have even more serious implications. For example, if you are not married, Turkish inheritance law will not automatically entitle your life partner to your estate. Therefore, your partner may end up inheriting nothing from your estate if you die without a Turkish Will.

On the other hand, a Turkish Will will enable you to make specific arrangements concerning your estate. For example, you can create a life interest in your property or impose certain duties on the beneficiaries to your estate, or even make conditional gifts.

If you make a Will you will be able to appoint an executor who will be able to wind up your estate more efficiently.

 

Last Will & Testament Specifications

Foreign nationals who plan to bequeath real property in Turkey should make a will in the form specified by the Turkish Civil Code.

The testator should have full mental capacity, and be more than fifteen years old. In case of error, fraud or duress, the will is not valid.

A will may be created in official form, in handwriting, or orally. An official Will is made in the presence of a Notary Public or a Justice of the Peace in accordance with certain formal conditions, and is signed by two witnesses.

A holograph is written entirely in the testator’s handwriting and must include the place, day, month, and year in which it was created as well as the signature of the testator. A will prepared in this way should be given to the court or a notary public for safekeeping. In exceptional circumstances, an oral Will may be considered to have fulfilled the formalities.

Advocate Abroad can assist English-speaking clients to create a last Will and Testament to ensure the appropriate distribution of their property assets in Turkey and also to process the inheritance of an estate in Turkey.

Client Testimonials

Reviews of Advocate Abroad lawyers placed by clients directly on the Wufoo client survey platform:

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    Tuesday, November 06, 2018
    We were extremely satisfied with Alvaro: He explained the law to us and gave us a solution to our problem. He could not have been more helpful and we will definitely use him again.
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    Monday, November 05, 2018
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    Michael O'Sullivan, Ibiza
    Thursday, November 01, 2018
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    Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    Overall it was great. Rosa always answered all questions asked and provided clear, concise and well explained answers.

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    Monday, October 22, 2018
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    Tuesday, October 09, 2018
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    Tuesday, October 09, 2018
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    Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    Alvaro was very professional, Knowledgeable of the subject at hand, did not over-charge - in fact cut costs in the best way for me. Very efficient in the entire process. Thank you.
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    female
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
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    Monday, October 01, 2018
    We were very satisfied with the service we received. Rosa dealt with the matter in hand promptly and efficiently.
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    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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    Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    Very satisfied with the service. Francisco is bilingual English-Spanish and was always quick to respond and was very professional at all times.
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    Monday, September 24, 2018
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    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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    Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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    Wednesday, September 05, 2018
    My lawyer Alvaro was extremely helpful and very efficient. I would definitely recommend his services to friends.
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    Tuesday, September 04, 2018
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    Friday, August 24, 2018
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    Thursday, August 16, 2018
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    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    Rosa dealt with everything efficiently and promptly and went beyond our expectations by helping us to open a Spanish bank account and deal with other minutiae.
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    Friday, August 10, 2018
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    Wednesday, August 08, 2018
    A perfect relationship between client and professional. Nothing was too much trouble.

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    Thank you jose
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    Wednesday, August 08, 2018
    Everything was as it should be: excellent. Had to pay by bank transfer and maybe would have liked another means of paying.

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