Italian Citizenship by Descent through Residency   Question: When is the best time to apply for Italian citizenship by descent through residency?   Answer: Between July 3rd and October 15th. Why? For tax reasons. How are Italian citizenship applications and Italian taxes connected? Actually, they are not! At least not directly as Italian citizenship does…

Italian Estate Solvency Check Is it safe to accept an Italian inheritance?   Question: I am entitled to inherit an Italian estate. However, I am concerned that the deceased’s debts might exceed the value of the estate. What are my options?   Answer: When you accept an Italian estate by inheritance you inherit all the assets…

Italian Citizenship by Marriage Question: What are the requirements to apply for Italian Citizenship by marriage?    Answer: The requirements for Italian Citizenship through marriage are:   be married with an Italian citizen for at least two years if living in Italy, or three years if abroad (respectively one year and one and a half year if…

 Question: What are the building and planning permit requirements for an Italian property?   Answer: In Italy you need to comply with building rules and regulations in order to do any construction work on an Italian property. For example, you typically need permits to build a property, to add an extension, for renovations as well as remodeling work, even small…

ITALIAN PRIMA CASA TAX REDUCTIONS   Question: How do the Italian Prima Casa tax reductions work?      Answer: If you acquire an Italian residential property by purchase, gift or inheritance, the transfer is subject to transfer taxes. If the property does not qualify as a luxury property for tax purposes, you might be allowed…

   Question: I need to address my IMU and TASI tax obligations regarding my Italian property. Also, I forgot to pay my past IMU and TASI taxes and I would like to pay them along with whatever fine is applicable for late payment. How do I calculate them? Answer: On the web there are some free online IMU and TASI  calculators (see below) to determine…

ITALIAN WILL and FOREIGN WILL International Inheritance Cases Involving Italy We specialize in preparation of wills for international cases involving Italy. Italian will and/or foreign will for: Non-Italian citizens living outside of Italy who own assets in Italy. Non-Italian citizens living in Italy with assets in Italy and/or overseas. Italian citizens living outside of Italy…

ITALIAN INHERITANCE COST   Question: How much does it cost to complete an Italian succession in order to claim an Italian inheritance?   Answer: Italian succession cost depends on several aspects, such as nature, entity and value of assets included in the estate, relationship of the heir/s with the deceased, their nationality, their place of residence etc….

ITALIAN MEDIATION   Question: What is the Italian Mediation?   Answer: Italian Mediation is a procedure to resolve disputes out of Court. It has been established in Italy in an attempt to address the severe backlog of cases in the Italian Court system and expedite the time required to issue Court decisions. Nationally, the Italian Court system…

ITALIAN INHERITANCE PROCESS TIMING   Question: How long does it take to complete an Italian succession? What is the whole Italian inheritance process timing?   Answer: If everything goes smoothly, the entire inherance process might take two to three weeks. If the beneficiaries wish to handle the Italian inheritance process remotely, it might take a couple of…

ITALIAN LEGAL COST REFUND   Question: If I start a legal dispute in Italy and win, will I get a full legal cost refund?   Answer: Unfortunately it is very difficult and rare to get a full legal cost refund, for several reasons. Here there are some: Parties are often advised to settle a dispute before…

MAKE A WILL FOR ITALY FROM HOME   Question: Can I make a will for Italy at home?   Answer: Here is how to make a will for Italy from home.   How to Make a Will for Italy at Home Step 1: Make a List ° What you own (your estate) ° Pending debts ° Beneficiary/ies…

Italian Safe Deposit Box Question: I am the beneficiary of an estate which includes a safe deposit box in an Italian bank. How can I get access to its content? Answer: In order to access the content of an Italian safe deposit box that used to belong to a deceased person, you need to prove your entitlement…

  Question: May I refuse to inherit an Italian property?   Answer: It is possible to relinquish Italian inheritance rights. This can be done tacitly, without any particular formality, or expressly, by means of a statement to be filed with the Italian Court or a notary. If you do it in Court the inheritance renunciation statement is subject to stamp duty and registration…

Question: I lost my Italian citizenship many years ago. I am a British citizen. Can I regain the Italian citizenship?   Answer: Since you lost your Italian citizenship, you are entitled to a quicker and easier process to gain it back.*   Find below two options that might be applicable to your case to regain…

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