Inheritance Lawyer in Turkey

Any inheritance lawyer in Turkey must have an expertise in managing all procedures aiming at the distribution of the testator inheritance to his/her client under the Law.  Law of inheritance rules are beyond simple in Turkey.

What is the meaning of Inheritance Law in Turkey?

Inheritance law principles are mainly stipulated in the Turkish Civil Code (Numbered 4721). It is worth emphasizing that probate law principles are formulated strictly by the Turkish Civil Code. Every inheritance lawyer in Turkey should duly understand and absorb those standards to deal with complex inheritance procedures.

Do you need an inheritance lawyer in Turkey?

Inheritance lawyer in Turkey must evaluate both sides of the same coin. Indeed, it is interesting that the acceptance of an inheritance may not be always desirable particularly where the inheritance also brings accumulative debts.

How can you sue for inheritance in Turkey or in another jurisdiction?


Inheritance law has very strict and binding provisions across the globe. The main aim of such norms governs rights from one side and responsibilities on the other for successors. Thus, disputes arising from inheritance are complex and always take a long time for a settlement. That is the case for most countries.

What is the main legal base for international inheritance disputes in Turkey?

Above all, it is critical to emphasize that the Act on Private International and Procedural Law (Numbered 5718) plays a core role in regulating cross-national cases. Specifically, Article 20 states that the national law of the deceased shall govern inheritance. It necessarily means that fundamental priority is the citizenship of the decedent. For instance, if the testator has the USA citizenship, the USA rules will be applicable. Nevertheless, with regard to immovable property located in Turkey, Turkish law is applicable to any case. Article 20 also stipulates that provisions relating to the reasons of opening, acquisition and distribution of succession shall be governed by the law of the state where the estate is located.

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For a detailed analysis of USA system, see our article on Inheritance Law in the USA

Additionally, any probate dispute concerning foreigners requires an innovative approach of English-speaking lawyers in Turkey.  

What is meant by forced share?

Forced share is accepted to open the gate for receiving a certain part of decedent’s assets. It is also called as “statutory share” or “reserved portion”. It is significant to bear in mind that Turkish inheritance norms require the recognition of family members’ forced share including children. It is also remarkable that this is not the case for different jurisdictions such as the United States. It is seen as possible for parents to exclude their own children from having any certain amount of their assets. “Omitted child doctrine” has been improved to protect children’s interests.

What is the role of Pi Legal Consultancy for inheritance consultancy?

Pi Legal Consultancy has been regarded one of the top international inheritance law firms in Turkey. International inheritance lawyers help international and national clients for probate procedures in and out of Turkey.

Our lawyers for inheritance advise clients on different issues ranging from will and estate planning to complicated questions of domestic inheritance legal framework. Professional assistance is also offered to people based outside of Turkey by our group of inheritance lawyer in Turkey. These clients are generally interested in the proper management of their heirs and estate planning. Our inheritance lawyers have a capacity to provide a comprehensive guidance for the legal requirements concerned at every single stage of inheritance.

Consultation by working group of inheritance lawyer in Turkey may extend to a wide variety of legal matters as follows:

  • Gaining a certificate of inheritance,
  • Obtaining the death certificate before foreign national institutions,
  • Carrying out probate procedures in foreign jurisdictions,
  • Understanding the last will and testament documents,
  • Defending the rights of family members against trust agreements,
  • Compulsory share of inheritance| forced share | reserved portion rule,
  • Opening probate procedures,
  • Management of assets,
  • Inheritance contracts and cases for their cancellation,
  • Foreigners’ right of inheritance.

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