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I. Introduction and Scope of the Chapter
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Volume V: Succession | Chapter 6 (2018): Non-Testamentary Acts Affecting the Devolution of an Estate

Completed June 1995 and revised 2012.

Eve Chava Landau

1. Definition. – Acts, other than wills, concerning the estate of a deceased person are non-testamentary modes of disposing of property. These may be in the form of unilateral acts, e.g. a gift inter vivos, as well as a renunciation of a succession by an heir; or in the form of bilateral acts, such as succession contracts or promises to make a will, not to make a will, to change or revoke a will and any other bilateral transaction.

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Eve Chava Landau, “I. Introduction and Scope of the Chapter”, 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 21 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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