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What is a bequest?

A bequest is a donation specified in a will. It comes into effect when the person who made the bequest dies.

Why draw up a will?

If you die without having made a will, all your goods are given to the lawful heirs. If the dead person has no family, all the assets go to the state.


If you draw up a will you can lay down that one or several organisations close to your heart receive support after your death. Of course a will can never disregard lawful provisions. It is essential that the rights of the spouse and of the children are respected. But you can lay down that part of your assets have to go to a good cause.
Making a bequest can be done in several ways. A bequest is only valid following death and may only be executed subject to a valid will.

How is a will drawn up?

A will can be drawn up in two ways: the self-written will and the notarial will.

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