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Good morning. This relates to Croatian inheritance law. My

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Good morning. This relates to Croatian inheritance law. My wife's father, at time of death in 1973, was a substantial landholder. As his only child, she and his widow (her step-mother) were granted ownership rights per inheritance proceedings in the many parcels, some by will and some by reserved portion per law. Land records today accurately reflect this.
The step-mother, now 90, never bore a child. Does my wife, as step-child (not adopted) have inheritance rights? (more)
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: European Law
Expert:  Fran-mod replied 4 years ago.

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Expert:  T.DePas replied 4 years ago.
Dear customer,

Thank you for contacting JustAnswer.

Articles 9 and 11/4 of the Croatian civil code reserve a legal portion of inheritance only to children, the spouse and the parents of the deceased. As your wife has not been adopted by her step-mother, she cannot be considered as one of her legitimate heirs and, in the absence of other legitimate heirs, the inheritance would go to the Public authorities.

In these cases, to avoid the loss of properties, it is strongly suggestible to write a will with which the testator can decide about his/her complete ownership.

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