UncategorizedInheritance Laws in Turkey and Property ownership

March 25, 2020by Ezgi Aydemir

Most of our clients would like to know laws and regulations regarding Inheritance Laws prior to buying in Turkey.

We deal with Inheritance matters and are experts on Turkish inheritance law so please do call us to book your complimentary consultation with one of our senior lawyers.

Here is a brief outline.

What principle governs Turkish inheritance law?

The principle that governs the Turkish Inheritance law is summed in lex rei sitae (i.e. property is regulated by the laws where it is located), which in turn means that Turkish law is applied when it comes to ownership of a property that is located within the territories of the Republic of Turkey.
Another important principle that investors must know in advance is one that states that a movable property is liable to the national law of the deceased’s own country, while an immovable property of a deceased person is subject to the law of the Republic of Turkey.

Who are the direct heirs of an estate in Turkey?

In the case of the absence of a notarized will, the legal heirs of an immovable property in Turkey are determined through the following order of succession:

  • The first heirs of a deceased person are the children and the spouse who receive a set share
  • If the deceased doesn’t have any direct descendants, then the parents are the reserved heirs
  • If the deceased’s parents are no longer alive, then the siblings are next in line to inherit
  • The last of a deceased person’s heirs according to the order of succession as per Turkey’s inheritance law are the grandparents and their children

If the deceased is not survived by any of his next of kin, the entire estate goes to the surviving spouse, and in the case of leaving behind no surviving heirs, the deceased’s estate then becomes the property of the Turkish State.

Ezgi Aydemir

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