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Comparative Succession LawVolume I: Testamentary Formalities$
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Kenneth G C Reid, Marius J. de Waal, and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696802.001.0001

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Testamentary Formalities in France and Belgium

Testamentary Formalities in France and Belgium

(p.51) 3 Testamentary Formalities in France and Belgium
Comparative Succession Law

Walter Pintens

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Both French and Belgian law belong to the Romanist tradition. They are interrelated, with French law being regarded as the original mother law from which the law of its daughter, Belgium, has been derived and developed. Both legal systems thus share a common body of ideas and maxims. This chapter begins with a review of the historical development of testamentary formalities in France. It then discusses the modern law, holograph wills, public wills, secret wills, international wills, registration, and procedure after death.

Keywords:   French law, Belgian law, legal systems, wills

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