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I am very sorry to read of the above. For the avoidance of doubt, may I confirm that no will was also made in Italy please?
thank you. On the basis of what you describe, the UK well would have effect on the deceased's worldwide assets. however, how a UK will will affect foreign assets depends upon the jurisdiction in question. For example, some jurisdictions have so-called forced succession laws which override free testamentary will (such as France) and others may or may not recognise foreign Wills. Italy is another example of the country that has some provision for succession law to relatives regardless of a will. accordingly, if the deceased had a spouse, children or parents alive at the date of their death, then they may be entitled to a share of his Italian assets irrespective of his will.
Italy recognises foreign Wills and subject as above, the provisions of the UK will will take effect in respect of his Italian assets though the grant of probate obtained here will need to be resealed in Italy. It may be that you will need to seek assistance from a local Italian lawyer in this respect.
so far as I am aware, and I have very limited expertise as regards ***** ***** succession law, nieces are not provided for by Italian succession laws which are principally limited to the above parties - spouse, children etc. accordingly, I cannot see that the niece would have a claim to the Italian properties by way of succession law. Further, because Italy recognises foreign Wills as discussed above, I cannot either see how the niece would be able to shortcut that process in any way. However more detailed advice in this respect may be required from a local Italian lawyer. in the first instance, this site does maintain an Italian legal board which may be worth raising an additional question upon:
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