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Comparative Succession LawVolume II: Intestate Succession$
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Kenneth Reid, Marius de Waal, and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747123

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747123.001.0001

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Intestate Succession in Poland

Intestate Succession in Poland

(p.291) 12 Intestate Succession in Poland
Comparative Succession Law

Fryderyk Zoll

Oxford University Press

This chapter charts the development of succession law in Poland, starting from the origins of the Polish state and ending in 2009. It details the unification of Polish succession law under the Decree on Succession Law of 8 October 1946. According to the Decree, the deceased’s descendants and parents qualified as potential intestate heirs (but grandparents were now excluded). The Civil Code of 1964 effected a number of basic changes to the structure of intestate succession law. The share of the deceased’s surviving spouse who inherits with descendants was increased: the spouse now takes at least a share equal to those of the descendants, but not less than a quarter of the estate. The new Code also determined that, in case of full adoption, the adopted child would be treated equally with the other children of the deceased and it preserved – with a few modifications – the special rules on succession to farm.

Keywords:   Polish civil law, intestate succession, succession law, special rights, legacies per vindicationem, Decree on Succession Law

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