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Aug 17th
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Rest in Peace: the Second Edition

Rest in Peace: the Book This is the second edition of Rest in Peace, a Guide to Wills and Inheritance tax in Belgium.

After four years an update was long overdue. There have been numerous changes, in Belgium and abroad, with new inheritance tax rates and rules, the European Succession Regulation, etc...

Estate planning is not just about drawing up a will and finding ways to minimise taxes. 
It is essentially about peace of mind.

Smart estate planning can be complex, and if you need to plan across borders, that can be quite daunting.

This book is for you if you live in Belgium and 

you want to understand how the rules work and how you draw up a valid will;

you want to understand how the rules work and how you draw up a valid will;

you want to understand how the rules work and how you draw up a valid will;

you live in Belgium and you want to plan your estate in an efficient manner;

you want to know what happens when you inherit from your parents in Greece;

your children live in other countries;

you have property in other countries;

you have investments and bank accounts in other countries;

your parents have set up a trust for your benefit.

 

This book is also for you if you do not live in Belgium and 

you own property in Belgium ;

you stand to inherit from someone who died in Belgium and you need to understand whether you should accept or waive the inheritance;

you consider retiring in Belgium;

you are an official of an international institution and you live temporarily in Belgium;

you plan your estate and one or more of your children live in Belgium.

 

This book can help you make sound decisions that could help your loved ones when you are gone.

Table of contents for a preview seehttps://issuu.com/taxation.be/docs/rest_in_peace_2017 

Dealing with death

Who inherits what?

Last will and testament

Forced heirship

Usufruct

Community property

Inheritance Tax

Cross border successions

The art of estate planning

Plan in your will

Plan by donating

Change your marriage contract

Plan with life insurance

Planning by contract

Trusts and foundations

Plan your life

Practical planning

Annexes

 

If you are living in Belgium because you are working here, you may have discovered that things are different from what you are used to at home. 

Things can also get a little bit more complex in other circumstances, for example, if you are about to inherit from your parents, if you have a holiday home in Italy and France, and bank accounts to pay for the charges.

That is before other complications, such as a spouse with a different nationality, a parent living in France, children in Spain, Greece and Croatia, while you plan to retire in Italy.

In addition, the days when estate planning was just about limiting inheritance tax for a happy couple who have been married for forty years, with two well-adjusted children and four lovely grandchildren are long gone.

Estate planning has become more complex. 

It is not only about planning around ever changing laws, but also around non-traditional families, estranged families, and everything in between.

Out now on:

amazon

 

Preview

 

 Rest in Peace   

 A Guide to Wills and Inheritance Tax in Belgium 

 

  by Marc Quaghebeur, Tax Lawyer 

This book is probably the first book in English on the subject. It is an accessible, easy-to-understand introduction to estate planning, in the hope that it will get you started on planning your estate.   The purpose of this book is to dissipate some misunderstandings and help you plan your estate.  Given the complex maze of laws (civil law, inheritance law, tax laws and inheritance tax, social security laws, etc), it is recommend that you work with an experienced estate planning lawyer or notary. Even then, if you have to take account of the laws of one or more countries, a small misstep or oversight can be very problematic and you may need a lawyer in another country to assist you. This book will help you ask the correct questions from your advisers.

 The book is available at Sterling Books and at Waterstone’s Brussels. 

 

 

Content

Dealing with Death
Who inherits what ?
Last will and testament
Forced heirship
Usufruct
Community property
Inheritance Tax
Cross border Successions
Estate Planning

Planning in your will
Planning by donation
Estate planning in a marriage contract
Planning with insurance
Planning with contracts
Trusts and foundations
 
Annexes : these models can be found here.

 

 

 




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