Making a will may not be your top priority at this moment. However, to leave your loved ones behind properly instructed and well taken care for, it is crucial to make a will. This also applies to preventing any unnecessary tax burdens from arising after your death.
How to make a will? Let us assist you in your estate planning by creating a will in which you set out which principles should apply to division of your estate after death.
In a will (also known as a last will and testament), you decide:
In many countries around the globe, usually a lawyer or solicitor is contacted to draw up a will. In the Netherlands, however, it is a notary who draws up a will. The notary also registers the will after signing in a central wills register. Under Dutch law, You are allowed to make a will if you are 16 years or older.
Though you may not want to think about it, it is absolutely crucial that you make a will for the following reasons:
As an internationally oriented notary firm, Westport Notarissen possesses over years of experience in providing expat clients with advice on creating their will and arranging their estate planning. We take pride in the fact that we are able to prepare the will for you in English. The appointment for the signing of the agreement could also take place in the English language, among other languages we can speak. We will not have to arrange a translator or an interpreter.
Below, we have listed a few frequently asked questions by individuals who contact us.
Are foreign prenuptial agreements valid in the Netherlands?
Under the European and international regulations that also apply to the Netherlands, prenuptial agreements will be formally valid if they comply with either:
To be valid, the prenuptial agreement, before and after a marriage, must principally be in writing, dated and signed by both spouses.
Why would you want to have a marriage with a prenuptial agreement?
A family law prenuptial agreement would be needed to deviate from the marital property regime that would otherwise be applicable to you once you solemnize your marriage. To prevent this system from applying to you, it is necessary to regulate your marital property regime as desired by you in your prenuptial agreement.
Does the prenuptial agreement have to be in Dutch only?
The prenuptial agreement for a marriage does not have to be in Dutch only. It could also be drawn up in the English language or any other language the spouses understand. However, as the prenuptial agreement will also have to be registered in the marital property register, it will also have to have a Dutch version. This means that a prenuptial agreement could be a bilingual document, meaning that it could contain a Dutch version as well as a non-Dutch version.