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I. Introduction
(624 words)

Volume V: Succession | Chapter 3 (2002): Intestate Succession

Completed December 1995; some later developments up to 1998 have been taken into account.

Karl Heinz Neumayer

1. Issue. – The law of intestate succession governs the distribution of the estate of a deceased who failed to appoint, by means of a legally effective testamentary disposition, the heirs to his entire estate. All modern legal systems contain a body of law governing intestate succession.

The Civil Codes of civil law countries usually contain segments on succession as integral parts. By contrast, in each…

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Karl Heinz Neumayer, “I. Introduction”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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