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Giving a precise and desired destination to the assets accumulated throughout your life, is the fundamental purpose of the will or testament, which reflects the last wishes a person determines after his/her death.
“The will is the safest instrument to distribute money, properties, business, objects, vehicles, etc, between family members, friends or a person close to you. Its importance lies on providing to the people that you care about”, says Arturo Blanco, senior partner at Jurex Law.
The Costa Rican legal system deals with the issue of Estates (destination received by the assets of a deceased person) by means of open and closed wills.
The open will is the best way to declare who you will inherit your general and specific assets; for example, determine that a paint should be delivered directly to a close friend.
An open will that follows Costa Rican laws has to be developed under certain guidelines:
The closed will is elaborated by the person, normally, handwritten. Among its features are:
Unlike the open will that lies at the Archivo Nacional until is needed, the closed will can be lost among the belongings of its owner and thus the initiative to bequeath the assets as he/she wants.
Remember that the most important thing to do is to hold a meeting with your lawyer, so your testament will answer all your needs and desires.
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