Publication
Title
Ethical wills : a continental law perspective
Author
Abstract
Ethical wills are testaments, or planning instruments mortis causa alike, that contain provisions regarding the deceaseds (non-economic) values rather than his (economic) valuables. The authors define and analyse the substance and form of ethical wills from a comparative Continental law perspective, drawing on Belgian, Dutch, French and German law. The focus primarily is on charges or conditions in restraint or constraint of (non-) denominational or family choices by testamentary beneficiaries; and in this context it is contended that both the doctrine of public policy (ordre public) and the horizontal application of the ECHR extensively restrict testamentary freedom. Nevertheless, the analogous application of estate planning techniques increasingly allows benevolent testators to plan their ethical legacy.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Oñati Socio-Legal Series
Publication
2014
ISSN
2079-5971
Volume/pages
4:2(2014), p. 323-344
Full text (open access)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
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Creation 06.05.2014
Last edited 14.06.2016
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