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Living Wills in Italy “il testamento biologico”

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in LEGAL UPDATES

On the 13th March 2017, the Italian Senate started discussing a proposed new law regarding the introduction of “Testamenti Biologici”, (“Biological Wills”), the equivalent of what are known as “Living Wills” in the UK. This is a document by which an individual, who is over 18 and who has full mental capacity, expresses their wishes regarding...

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Cohabitation agreements

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in LEGAL UPDATES

The contract of cohabitation (in Italian “contratto di convivenza”) has to be in written form, as a Public Deed (prepared by a Notary Public), or a Private Contract, which is then authenticated by a Lawyer.   The Notary or Lawyer will then send the executed document to the Comune, who will transcribe the same in its registers. This...

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ELECTIVE RESIDENCE IN ITALY

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in LEGAL UPDATES

An application can be made for an Elective Residence Permit (“Permesso di Soggiorno per Residenza Elettiva”), if the foreign resident wants to live in Italy without carrying out any working activity. Aside from not being employed in Italy, adequate funds must be demonstrated in order to show that the applicant will not rely on the Italian State, for...

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Potential Increase in Inheritance Tax in Italy

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in LEGAL UPDATES

When it comes to inheritance tax, Italy currently enjoys somewhat of a “tax haven” status.  These particular taxes are some of the lowest in Europe, with the maximum amount payable by an heir currently being 8% of the total value inherited.  The percentages are calculated based on the relationship the heir has to the deceased;  the spouse and...

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Civil Unions and Cohabitation Bill

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in FAMILY LAW UPDATES, LEGAL UPDATES

The Senate has approved a new law governing civil unions in Italy and right of de-facto couples, which has been, for a number of years, subject of a fierce debate between politicians, the Church and the media. The first part of this new law allows civil unions, or civil partnerships, between individuals of the same sex, by way of a declaration before a...

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