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Inheritance fraud

Inheritance fraud sometimes involves relatives running off with money but it also refers to people manipulated into changing their will without the rest of the family knowing anything about it.

Sometimes lawyers and notaries play a certain a role. Under the pretext of confidentiality or impartiality, these lawyers refuse to provide information about the case.

It’s difficult to avoid ‘inheritance fraud’. Usually, the manipulation goes undetected because the family trusts the person who “deals with it”. People won’t cheat their family, is the general view. To prevent painful situations, here are a few tips:

  • Talk to each other about the estate
  • Keep each other informed when the will is changed
  • Let two people take care of the finances, two relatives or a relative and and an independent person. Trust is good, but having someone perform an additional check is even better
  • If you have a complaint about the actions of a notary, please contact the Financial Supervision Office

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