The procedures and methods of administering estates can differ significantly across jurisdictions. A person’s estate may often include investments or property abroad. When it comes to the stage of administering the estate, cross border issues may arise in determining which succession law applies to that property. In this case private international law (“PIL”) rules apply.
These are also commonly known as “conflict of law” rules. These rules and procedures are often complex and ambiguous, and other jurisdictions may not always recognise or accept them. The EU Regulation on Succession Law (No 650/2012), also known as “Brussels IV” seeks to remedy many issues surrounding the application of EU member states applying their own PIL/conflict of law rules for succession purposes.