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Division of Inheritance in Norway

Division of Inheritance in Norway

Updated on Tuesday 28th November 2017

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The Norwegian inheritance law deals with matters regarding succession and it represents the main legal reference in the distribution of assets. If there is a will, the properties and goods of the deceased person must be divided between the inheritors, according to wishes of the deceased. If a person dies intestate, before being able to leave a will, the succession law must be followed for the division of assets. Our law firm in Norway can provide to its clients professional legal assistance related to the distribution of the inheritance in this country. 

The Norwegian legislation on the division of the inheritance

One of the main purposes of the Norwegian Inheritance Law is to make sure the family’s right to inheritance is respected. The close relatives of the deceased also known as enforced heirs are the most entitled to inherit the properties and goods left behind. For more details regarding the exact percentages which are going to apply in an estate distribution, you can call on our Norwegian lawyers for legal advice.
In case the deceased has no children, the spouse will inherit, according to the law, half of the common assets, and the rest might be distributed, in different percentages, parents or other relatives of the deceased person. In case the person who dies was married and with children, the spouse can claim up to a fourth of the entire estate or a minimum of 251.000 NOK. If both parents died, the children are entitled to 2 thirds of the common goods of their parents. 
Even if there is a will, it is however limited by certain provisions of the inheritance law. As such, a testator will not be allowed to disinherit his / her spouse or children. 

Accepting an inheritance in Norway

There are certain situations, in which inheritance issues go beyond the borders of Norway, either because some of the assets of the deceased are situated abroad, or because the heirs are international citizens. These cases fall under intestate succession regulations, contained in the International Norwegian Inheritance Law. It is significant that there are no inheritance taxes, imposed by the Norwegian succession law. 
The death of a person must be reported to the local court, and one of the heirs of the deceased must assume the responsibility for the funeral, as well as for any debt of the deceased, if such be the case. The court may delegate a trustee in order to administrate the estate, or the heirs can hire a Norwegian solicitor to help them in the distribution of assets
Feel free to contact one of our attorneys in Norway in order to clarify for you all questions regarding the distribution of the inheritance in this country.


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