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Netherlands death registration
What are the legal aspects to take into account when registering a death in the Netherlands?
Which documents are needed for registering a death?
What to do in order to repatriate the body of a family member?
Do I need to make a Dutch will whilst I live here or is the will I made in my home country valid?
May I disinherit my child or my partner in my will?
You can disinherit your child but, in the Netherlands, he/she is always entitled to a legitieme portie (forced share) amounting to half of the portion the child would have received in the absence of a will.
You can also disinherit your spouse and he/she is not entitled to a forced share. However, to alleviate the consequences of disinheritance, the law gives the longest living partner the right to a suitable level of provision; for example, a spouse may make use of the house as long as he/she is living.
You can also make a vruchtgebruiktestament (usufruct will): your spouse will receive the use and enjoyment of certain goods without owning them.