The Introduction of the concept of the European Certificate of Succession and Cross Border Succession into Maltese Law

The Various Laws (Succession) (Amendments) Act of 2015 implements Regulation (EU) No. 650/2012 introducing uniform rules to govern cross-border successions.  The said Act (2015) also introduces the European Certificate of Succession which can be issued by a competent Maltese Court and enables heirs, legatees, executors or administrators to prove their legal status and/or rights with regards to a succession.  The Certificate is to have legal effect in all EU member states.