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Old 19.08.2021, 10:02
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If there is no will, then the laws of Switzerland will apply.

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Just to add some personal experience to the debate the further complication is the age of the children if there are heirs involved. When the child heir is below the age of 18 this complicates matters and you will not avoid the involvement of the Kindes und Erwachsenenschutzbehoerde (KESB). They will intervene on behalf of any minor to ensure that the minor is adequately represented.
My strong recommendation would be to verify any non-Swiss testament is executable under Swiss law. Meaning take advise from a Swiss family lawyer with expertise in the field. The lawyer will guide whether your testament will or will not succeed in taking precedence over Swiss law. If you intend the order of inheritance to be spouse followed by dependants, it is also advised to have the dependants sign a waiver at the event of or just after their 18th birthday. This is also possible if you are Swiss, and living in Switzerland. Often we do not think of the details until after the event when it is too late!
If the children have a guardian, then there will be no such problems.

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Just to add some personal experience to the debate the further complication is the age of the children if there are heirs involved. When the child heir is below the age of 18 this complicates matters and you will not avoid the involvement of the Kindes und Erwachsenenschutzbehoerde (KESB). They will intervene on behalf of any minor to ensure that the minor is adequately represented.
My strong recommendation would be to verify any non-Swiss testament is executable under Swiss law. Meaning take advise from a Swiss family lawyer with expertise in the field. The lawyer will guide whether your testament will or will not succeed in taking precedence over Swiss law here. If you intend the order of inheritance to be spouse followed by dependants, it is also advised to have the dependants sign a waiver at the event of or just after their 18th birthday. This is also possible if you are Swiss, and living in Switzerland. Often we do not think of the details until after the event when it is too late!
If the children have a guardian, then there will be no such problems.

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