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National rules on registration of wills vary considerably. In some Member States, if you make a will, you (the "testator") have an obligation to register a will. In others, registration is recommended or concerns only certain types of wills. In certain Member States no register of wills exists whatsoever.

If you are wondering how to register a will in a Member State or if you wish to check if a deceased person had made a will, you can consult Link opens in new windowthe factsheets prepared by the European Network of the Registers of Wills Association (ENRWA) that are available in 3-4 languages. They explain the rules on registration of wills and give some advice on how to find wills in each Member State.

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Last update: 27/01/2015