DtB

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Turkish Wills
People tell me that if you own property in a particular country then it's necessary to make a will in that country to avoid complications.

In Turkey I've seen quotes varying from GBP 800.-- to GBP 1,5Tsd for doing this so I'm wondering if anyone has a solicitor they can recommend in the Bodrum area for making wills................. Thanks.
 

mallin

mal mc cullough
Turkish Wills
wife and i made our wills in june.whole thing cost us about 700 pound if memory serves me right.also the notary made us make out two separate wills thus making us pay twice despite the wills being exact same.our solicitor was surprised by this as he said they used to accept joint wills.need witnesses also who must be turkish and someone to translate your passport.all in all a long long day but hopefully peace of mind whatever the cost.malachi
 

juco

Member
Turkish Wills
our solicitor was surprised by this as he said they used to accept joint wills

Thats worrying, it sounds as if the solicitor does know the law of the lands.
 

mallin

mal mc cullough
Turkish Wills
well bollocks to not needing a solicitor then after wasting 700 quid...................
 

juco

Member
Turkish Wills
No you do not need a solicitor in fact you could probably do it yourself, however even in the uk I would not use a solicitor to make a will.
A translator may well make you a will and do what you ask of them but how much does she know about uk law and inheritance tax and other implications?
There are many aspects of your assets (that may well span 2 countries) that can impact on the final outcome of your will.
To put this into perspective even in the uk it is not advisable to use a solicitor or a bank or accountant to make a will as they are generally not qualified to do so , and I would trust a uk solicitor well before I would a turkish one.
A will should be done by someone who specialises in this subject or you may well stand to lose a lot of money, or at least your dependants will.
 

tinkycarol

5 a day inspiration!
Turkish Wills
Isn't there loads of stuff on this in Births, Deaths & Marriages? I want to do a will in Turkey but the more I read the more confused I am. I am in Altinkum - in the summer I spoke to an Irish lady who had been to the Turkish British Association/Solidarity with British (often referred to on TLF as the Didim CAB) - she told me she had been along there and done a will for £50. So when I here figures of £7/800 being banded around I just do not know what to believe.
I don't even have much in the way of 'assets' but I just want to be organised to reduce the mess/stress left behind when I do fall off my perch (after working in a bank on deceased mortgage accounts I had my eyes opened to the pitfalls).
On another note I made a post the other day regarding UK wills for £75pp in November (will aid month - see willaid.org.uk). I rang around UK solicitors for quotes in the summer regarding my UK will and I was told I needed to have a line in my UK will stating 'this refers to my UK 'stuff/life' and is nothing to do with Turkey' and yet on here I have read other people say they have taken their UK will to a notary and got it 'signed' or whatever for 35TL.
I am so confused...I am on my second Merlot now (glass not bottle!)
Carol
 

mallin

mal mc cullough
Turkish Wills
well carol can only say that i went to my solicitor here to add on the turkish bit to our will but she told me it could not be done as it was in turkey and had to be done with a turkish solicitor.........if i find that i have wasted 700 quid please pass me that merlot ie the bottle not the wee glass......
 

juco

Member
Turkish Wills
Take this tongue in cheek but.....

Don`t make a turkish will, go die somewhere and from above watch how quickly the uk government recognises your assets in Turkey as part of your estate and lobs an inheritance tax on it.
 

Modgirl

Member
Turkish Wills
The month of November is free Will month don't know about the rest of the country. can someone tell me if your UK. will would be acknowledge in Turkey?:fish::fish:
 

mallin

mal mc cullough
Turkish Wills
spot on there j.their expenses got to be paid for by suckers that work or own property.....
 

Yalides

Am I pretty ?
Turkish Wills
We have an English will which covers our UK assets and a Turkish one covering our Turkish assets. We used a Solicitor in UK and our will is watertight there....I hope.
We had our UK will translated in Turkey and notarised.
Be advised though that witnesses for your Turkish will has to be witnessed by impartial Turks which means grabbing a couple off the street..... Really.
 

captain

Member
Turkish Wills
People tell me that if you own property in a particular country then it's necessary to make a will in that country to avoid complications.

In Turkey I've seen quotes varying from GBP 800.-- to GBP 1,5Tsd for doing this so I'm wondering if anyone has a solicitor they can recommend in the Bodrum area for making wills................. Thanks.

Preparation of wills and transfer of property to the heirs (from the UK Turkish Embassy website)
Wills prepared by foreign nationals in their own countries can be executed in Turkey so as to transfer the ownership of a property to the individual(s) stated within the wills.
To carry out the property transfer pursuant to a will, a heir has to gather a court letter confirming the will from the relevant court of his/her own country and to have it ratified at the Turkish Consulate General. Then he/she has to submit that letter to the relevant court of the province in Turkey where the property is located. Then, the Turkish Court issues an official document which allows the transfer. Finally, the heir presents the document granted by the Court to the Tapu (Land Registry) Office as well as other documents required for the transfer of ownership.
These transfers are exempt from any military clearance and the other restrictions applied to foreign nationals.
Please note that transfer of ownership of a property to an heir is subject to inheritance tax. Thus, if the heir sells out his inherited property, he is not subject to any personal income tax based on the capital gains.

Doug
 

DtB

Member
Turkish Wills
Ok....................... So, I live in France and have assets in France & the UK and have separate wills in both countries, soooooooooooo, if I've understood correctly, I don't need to do anything here in Turkey to cover my flat here, just make sure that before I call it a day here on Earth, I let my heirs know that I've a place here and it's up to them to sort the mess out..........

Right?

It was just that I read somewhere that you can't get round the Turkish inheritance law which has a legal percentage of Turkish assets going to your family (parents, siblings, their kids etc................) which I'm trying to circumvent by making, what I thought was the right thing, ie: a will.................

Think I'd better talk to Aysin.......................

Mind you, what was it that that famous guy once said??
"I'm still confused, but now on a higher level.................................."
:hmm:

Pass the Merlot bottle.................................:43:
Make that the case................................................ :)
 
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