What needs to be done if a close relative or friend dies
A number of things need to be done following the death of a close relative or friend. If you are a potential heir, or a close relative or friend, of the deceased person, you may need to:
- obtain a certificate of death;
- search for a will;
- appoint a liquidator, if one has not yet been named;
- accept or refusing the succession.
Partitioning of the family patrimony and liquidation of the matrimonial or civil union regime
If the deceased was married or in a civil union when he or she died, you must, as the liquidator responsible for the succession:
- partition the family patrimony;
- liquidate the matrimonial or civil union regime.
These steps must be taken before settling the rest of the succession, whether testamentary or legal.
Unclaimed or refused successions
A succession is considered to be unclaimed or refused where:
- a person dies without leaving a spouse or family;
- all the successors refuse the succession;
- there is no known successor, or no successor comes forward to claim the succession.