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II. Opening of the Succession
(890 words)

Volume V: Succession | Chapter 1 (2018): The Decedent

Completed 31 December 1992

Marcello Maggiolo

A. Codified Rules

6. – The succession is opened upon the physical death of a person. The term “Opening of a succession” sets out a general principle universally known and recognized in every legal system.

In many instances this principle is formulated by provisions which are, however, explicit to different degrees. See e.g. the french and the belgian CC art. 718, greek CC art. 1710 (1) and japanese CC s. 882.1

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Marcello Maggiolo, “II. Opening of the Succession”, 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 23 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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