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Italian divorce law – Supreme Court takes new direction on spousal maintenance

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in LEGAL UPDATES

A historic decision of the Corte di Cassazione in May 2017 may be one of the most discussed developments in Italian divorce law for years to come. Although the decision was made by Section I of the Supreme Court (not a joint “sezioni uniti” pronouncement considered to have the most power to bind future courts) it is widely conisdered to be very...

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New rules – declaration of succession in Italy

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in LEGAL UPDATES

The death of a person in Italy must be registered within 12 months, by the heirs, an Executor or other interested party, by lodging the form known as the “dichiarazione di successione“, probably the equivalent of the application for Probate in the UK. Up to now this form has been presented at the tax office, the Agenzia delle Entrate, in the...

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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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Alternative White Paper – UK Citizens in Europe

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in LEGAL UPDATES

On the eve of the Government’s White Paper publication, UK citizens living in the EU present their ‘UK Citizens in Europe – Towards an Alternative White Paper’. Alternative White Paper – Uk citizens in the EU – LINK TO WHITE PAPER ON SITE OF ECREU This is the biggest group of British citizens’ organisations in Europe working...

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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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#FairDealNow Webinar

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in LEGAL UPDATES

Monday 30th January 2017 at 6pm UK time (7pm Italy). Organised by group New Europeans, this webinar will discuss issues relating to the future of British citizens in the EU and EU nationals in the UK. Please find all the details and how to register on this link. https://neweuropeans.net/event/1707/fairdealnow-webinar New Europeans is a civil rights...

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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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Article 50 and individual rights

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in LEGAL UPDATES

The political upheaval in the UK following the June Referendum resulted in a new Government being formed. Prime Minister Theresa May declared that “Brexit means Brexit” and that she would notify under Article 50 of the EU Treaty the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. Opinions have been divided on what Brexit means, whether this involves...

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Italian Referendum – Si or No?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in LEGAL UPDATES

The Italian referendum due to take place on the 4th December demonstrates an attempt by the current government to change the years of sclerotic politics that many feel dominate the country. Indeed, Italy has been noted to have one of the largest and most expensive governments in the world. This is partly due to the bicameral structure of government that, as...

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DNA and inheritance claims in Italy

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in LEGAL UPDATES

DNA profiling is now a widely used method to convict the perpetrator of a crime to a high degree of accuracy. Yet, despite its newfound dramatic appeal, it was originally developed as a means to provide genetic evidence of paternity as early as the mid-1970s; this assessment, known as HLA testing, was a powerful, if problematic, tool to identify biological...

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