Compulsory Share of Inheritance

In Switzerland, inheritances are dictated by succession laws. Where no will exists, all assets are divided between surviving family members.

When a will is created, legal heirs such as a spouse, registered partner, parents or children, are entitled to a portion of assets. This is known as the “compulsory share” or the “statutory share” of the inheritance. The remaining portion can be distributed to other entities of the testator’s choice. The proportions of the compulsory share depend on the number and type of surviving relations. You can find more on this topic in the guide to Swiss succession law.

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