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I OWN A PROPERTY ABROAD: HOW CAN I PLAN MY ESTATE?

THE PROFESSION OF NOTARY

More than a century ago, the new Civil Code settled the question of notaries in a lapidary way: “The cantons determine the terms of the authentic form for their territory”. This qualified form is still at the heart of the most important institutions of private law. Notarial law has constantly evolved through the contributions of […]

THE SECOND HOMES ACT (Lex Weber)

On 11 March 2012, the Swiss people decided to limit the number of second homes in each municipality to 20%. On January 1st, 2016, the Federal Law on Secondary Residences came into force. It distinguishes existing housing from new building. Existing housing consists of what existed before March 11th, 2012 or what was allowed to […]

OLD AGE: HOW TO DECIDE IN ADVANCE ON THE MANAGEMENT OF YOUR ASSETS

Following the amendment of the law on guardianship which came into force on January 1st, 2013, everyone may freely take personal anticipated measures in order to establish a mandate for the management of property in case of incapacity eand in order to give personal instructions to the medical profession for advance directives. Let us look […]

MARITAL AGREEMENT: WHAT SWISS LAW ALLOWS

The main purpose of a marital agreement is to choose a matrimonial regime different from the one suggested by law, which is the legal regime of participation in acquired property. Very often, the marriage contract aims to adopt the regime of separation of property. But other conventions can be adopted, as can be seen in […]

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