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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 the Nordic Countries

Intestate Succession in the Nordic Countries

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(p.307) 13 Intestate Succession in the Nordic Countries
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Comparative Succession Law
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Jens M Scherpe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747123.003.0013

This chapter demonstrates that there is no ‘Nordic law of succession’. There are significant differences in the Nordic jurisdictions’ succession laws, particularly between the west-Nordic (Denmark, Norway, and Iceland) and east-Nordic (Sweden and Finland) jurisdictions. Nevertheless, there are also clear similarities, both in structure and in development. The basic structure of the succession of descendants and ascendants is divided into three classes, following a parentelic approach: the children of the deceased and their descendants; the parents of the deceased and their descendants; and the grandparents of the deceased and their descendants. The groups take precedence in this order, with the first class taking precedence over the second, and so on. The succession laws in the Nordic countries have all developed towards strengthening the position of the surviving spouse, moving away from a system in which the children were prioritized or even the only heirs. The chapter discusses the intestacy rules for spouses, registered partners, and cohabitants.

Keywords:   intestate succession, succession law, parentelic system, spouses, registered partners, cohabitants

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