Inheritance law in Belgium

It is often said that “where there’s a will there’s a war”. The strife in inheritance disputes is not always about the value of the estate but also about wounded feelings. If no mutual agreement can be reached on the division, you can ensure your rights are respected through mediation or legal proceedings.

The fractured nature of modern families make inheritance disputes more and more common. Remarriage and children from previous marriages often complicate the estate. There are more members of the family with expectations and there is a higher chance that those expectations will not be met.

Ongoing conflicts can narrow your vision on the possibilities


As part of the succession planning and estate planning, consideration is often given to making donations to future heirs. Parents can give their children the bare ownership of their property while retaining the usufruct long before their deaths, for example. There are several structures which maximise the benefits of succession planning and estate planning. As inheritance lawyers, we provide legal guidance in this matters.


Inheritance law determines the rules applicable to the settlement of an estate (inheritance). The testator can decide whether or not to draw up a will, which the notary will verify against the law on death. A parent is not allowed to simply disinherit children. In Belgium children are always entitled to a succession reserve in the estate of their parents. The same applies to the surviving spouse, who also has the status of protected heir to the estate (inheritance) of a deceased spouse. The children then often exercise rights as protected heirs to an estate, as does the surviving spouse.


If you have any questions about inheritance disputes, or would like a consultation with lawyers specialising in inheritance, please contact our law firm in Antwerp.

We aim to relieve our clients of their concerns to the greatest extent possible, and to offer them services that exceed their expectations.

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