Snapshot: succession regulation in Armenia


Property structure

What property constitutes a person’s property for succession functions?

Solely property belonging to a person as of the date of opening the succession (ie, the day of his or her demise) could be the property topic to distribution for inheritance functions to his or her heirs. For succession functions, the property should represent the next:

  • movable property, together with cash, vehicles, securities, shares, participation within the share capital of a restricted legal responsibility firm, jewels and artwork works and so on;
  • immovable property, for instance, homes, flats and land plots;
  • property rights, resembling the precise to land improvement, rights of use of property, servitude, pledge, buy of immovable property in a constructing underneath building and to the mental property; and
  • obligations, as an example, the duty to repay the debt.

The rights and obligations of a person who’s inherently and inseparably linked to her or him can’t be included within the property for succession functions, specifically:

  • rights and duties with regard to alimony obligations;
  • the precise to compensate for harm brought about to the life or well being of a citizen; 
  • private non-property rights (eg, the precise of authorship) and different intangible belongings; and
  • rights and duties, the passing by succession whereof is prohibited by legal guidelines (eg, the precise of an individual to make use of residential areas might not be transferred by succession; the rights of a donee who has been promised a present underneath a donation contract can’t be transferred to the inheritor except in any other case outlined underneath a donation contract).

There is no such thing as a authorized floor which will permit the beneficiary proprietor to anticipate that his or her property won’t be included within the property that constitutes a person’s property topic to distribution after a person’s demise. Nonetheless, the helpful proprietor might deliver a declare and ask the courtroom to recognise his or her possession proper over the property (there isn’t any related courtroom observe and it’s disputable whether or not the helpful proprietor might have grounds for such a declare or the declare could also be profitable) and in that means exclude the property from the property topic to distribution primarily based on succession.

Property of the co-owner in shared or widespread property might be included in property that constitutes the property for succession. Within the case of shared possession, the place the portion of every co-owner is decided, the property topic to succession would be the portion of a person in a property. Within the case of widespread possession (together with within the case of widespread property of spouses) the general public notary will first subject a certificates underneath which the portion of dwelling co-owners might be established and thereafter will distribute the portion of the deceased co-owner within the property, specifically, in circumstances the place the property topic to inheritance can also be the portion owned by the deceased co-owner.


To what extent do people have freedom of disposition over their property throughout their lifetime?

In accordance with the final rule, the proprietor is entitled to undertake any motion with regard to the property belonging to her or him at his or her discretion so long as it doesn’t contradict the regulation or violate the rights and pursuits of different individuals protected by regulation. Specifically, the proprietor might alienate the property to different individuals as possession, switch to them the rights of use, possession and disposition of the property, pledge the property or to get rid of it in one other means (eg, to donate, endow or legate).

For particular circumstances, the regulation might decide the restrictions or situations near to the disposition. For instance, the proprietor of the shares in a detailed joint firm has to supply his or her shares to the opposite shareholders of the identical firm and solely within the case of waiver of those shareholders and the corporate itself of their pre-emption rights, the proprietor might be entitled to alienate his or her shares to 3rd events. The identical is true additionally within the case of alienation of participation in a restricted legal responsibility firm.

One other instance is the limitation of alienation of co-ownership in shared or widespread property. For disposition of shared and customary property, the consent of all co-owners is required. Within the case of paid alienation of the portion in shared property, co-owners have the precise of first refusal. Within the case of donation of widespread property the consent thereon of all co-owners are wanted. 

There is no such thing as a restriction on lifetime giving; the donation or succession from the pure individual will not be a taxable transaction aside from a donation from a pure one who is appearing as a constructor (developer).   

The donor has the precise to cancel the gifting the place the donee has encroached on the lifetime of the donor, one of many members of the family or shut relations thereof or has brought about intentional bodily accidents to the donor. The place the donee deprives the donor of his or her life, the heirs of the donor are entitled to assert for cancellation of gifting at courtroom.

If the perspective of the donee to the property gifted thereto creates the specter of a presents irrevocable loss, the donor is entitled to require the return of gifting by means of judicial process, shall it’s proved that the present bears enormous intangible worth for the donor.

Additionally it is potential to stipulate underneath a donation contract that the donor might cancel the donation with or with out reasoning. 

The endowment shall be made by indicating the aim of the usage of donation. Therefore, the donor underneath the endowment contract or his or her heirs or different authorized successors thereof is entitled to require cancellation of endowment the place the donee has not used the contribution with the needs agreed. 

To what extent do people have freedom of disposition over their property on demise?

The disposition of a property on demise could also be made solely by means of a will. 

Underneath the final rule, a person has the precise to: 

  • bequeath any property, together with property to be acquired sooner or later, to any individual. The property for succession underneath the desire should nonetheless be the property owned by the testator on the day of his or her demise. The desire could also be made near to the complete property, the half thereof or separate property or rights; 
  • to find out the heirs’ parts within the succession in any method; 
  • deprive one, a number of or all of the heirs by regulation of succession with none clarification of causes, aside from those who’ve the precise to a obligatory portion in succession; 
  • embody within the will different orders supplied for by the foundations on succession of the regulation, for instance: 
    • making the receipt of a succession conditional underneath a sure lawful situation with respect to the character of the conduct of the inheritor; 
    • appointing secondary heirs; 
    • appointing the executor of the desire; 
    • issuing a testamentary belief; and 
    • revoking, amending or supplementing the composed will at any time with out indication of causes thereof. 


Nobody is obliged to tell anyone on making, amending or revoking a will. 

Freedom of creating a will is restricted solely by the foundations on obligatory parts in a succession. A obligatory portion is the precise of an inheritor to inherit, whatever the content material of the desire, a minimum of half of the portion that might have been allotted to her or him in circumstances of succession by regulation. When figuring out the quantity of obligatory portion, every thing the inheritor with the precise to such portion receives from the succession on any floor, together with the worth of the testamentary belief established for the advantage of such an inheritor, shall be taken into consideration. 

On the time of opening the succession (ie, day of testator’s demise), the next individuals are entitled to a obligatory portion:

  • offspring underneath the age of 18; and
  • kids, the partner, and oldsters of a testator who’ve been declared disabled with no lively authorized capability or having attained the age of 60.


If a person dies in your jurisdiction with out leaving legitimate directions for the disposition of the property, to whom does the property go and in what shares?

Within the case of absence of the desire or the place the desire doesn’t embody directions about the complete property of the testator, the property for succession is topic to distribution to the heirs primarily based on the foundations of succession by regulation.

Heirs by regulation are referred to as for succession by order of precedence. Heirs of every subsequent precedence might inherit in case of the absence of the earlier precedence heirs their exclusion from the succession, nonacceptance of the succession by them or renunciation from the succession. 

Heirs of the identical precedence inherit in equal parts.

First priory heirs are kids, spouses and oldsters of the deceased particular person. Grandchildren inherit by proper of illustration.

Second priory heirs are siblings of the deceased particular person. Kids of siblings inherit by proper of illustration.

Third precedence heirs are grandfathers and grandmothers of the deceased particular person.

Fourth precedence heirs are siblings of the dad and mom of the deceased particular person (uncles and aunts). Kids of uncles and aunts inherit by the precise of illustration.

The place there are not any heirs both by will, by regulation or they’ve renounced the succession or have been excluded from the succession, the inherited property shall be declared as escheat. Escheat property passes to the possession of the neighborhood of the person’s final place of residence.

Adopted and illegitimate kids

In relation to the disposition of a person’s property, are adopted or illegitimate kids handled the identical as pure authentic kids and, if not, how might they inherit?

The adopted youngster and his or her kids and the adoptive father or mother and his or her relations are equated to relations by origin (blood relations) in relation to inheritance and distribution of property.

An adopted youngster and his or her kids don’t inherit, by regulation, after the demise of organic dad and mom or relations thereof and vice versa. 

If the dad and mom of a kid don’t register their marriage, the authorized connection between father and youngster could also be established by:

  • the popularity of fatherhood by the male associate primarily based within the utility to the state registration of the civil act submitted by the daddy and therefore registration of each dad and mom of the kid; and 
  • recognition of the actual fact of origin of a kid from the male associate by the courtroom primarily based on the declare of the social gathering (the kid or associate, and so on). 


Following recognition of fatherhood or the actual fact of origin of a kid, the kid is handled as a authentic youngster, together with in relation to the disposition of a person’s property. 


What regulation governs the distribution of a person’s property and does this rely upon the kind of property inside it?

Usually, the relevant regulation to inheritance, together with the distribution of a person’s property, is the person’s final place of residence. Within the meantime, the testator might change the relevant regulation in its will from his or her final place of residence to the regulation of his or her nationality or citizenship. One other particular rule is prescribed for the inheritance of immovable property – it’s ruled by the regulation of the state the place the property is situated (lex situs). 

The authorized capability to make and revoke a will, in addition to the type of a will and of the act on its revocation is ruled by the regulation of the state the place the testator had his or her place of residence for the time being of creating the desire or drawing up the act on its revocation. 


What formalities are required for a person to make a legitimate will in your jurisdiction?

The desire must be shaped in writing and authorized by a notary public. It’s obligatory to point the place and time of the composition of will. Additionally, the testator has to signal the desire themselves, specifically, it’s banned to make a will primarily based on the ability of legal professional. Provided that the testator can not signal the desire by purpose of bodily disabilities, illness or illiteracy, one other individual might signal the desire upon the testator’s request within the presence of a notary public. A witness could also be current in the course of the making and verifying of the desire shall the testator request it.  

The testator might make a closed will; specifically, the notary won’t put together or learn the desire, however the testator writes and indicators in individual his or her will, places it in a closed envelope with a minimum of two witness signatures thereon and transfers it to the notary; then the latter places the desire into one other envelope, closes it and applies the verifying inscription thereon. 

The next might confirm the desire as a substitute of a notary and that verification might be deemed as equal to the notary verification in case verification was made within the presence of a witness:

  • senior physicians, deputy senior physicians accountable for medical work or physicians on obligation at these hospitals, navy hospitals and different inpatient care establishments in addition to by the chiefs of the navy hospitals, administrators or chief physicians of houses for the aged and houses for individuals with disabilities for the wills of residents present process medical remedy in hospitals, navy hospitals and different inpatient care establishments or these residing in houses for the aged and individuals with disabilities;
  • the command officers of navy items for the wills of navy servicemen and in residence stations of navy items the place there are not any notaries, in addition to the wills of civilians working in these items and their members of the family and of navy servicemen’s members of the family;
  • the heads of communities for wills of individuals dwelling in distant settlements the place there isn’t any notary public;
  • the heads of expedition for the wills of residents in these geological or different comparable expeditions;
  • captains of ships for the wills of residents who’re on these ships crusing underneath the flag of the Republic of Armenia; and
  • the chiefs of imprisonment services for the wills of individuals stored at these imprisonment services.


The consular establishments of Armenia are entitled to make notarial actions as properly.

International wills

Are international wills recognised in your jurisdiction and the way is that this achieved?

There is no such thing as a particular regulation of the popularity of international wills underneath the regulation. Virtually, ought to the might be issued overseas, the Armenian notary public will certainly settle for it for the bottom to inheritance if the desire is notary verified and with an apostille (or has a legalisation). In line with the Armenian Civil Code, the desire might not have notary verification whether it is allowed underneath the regulation of the state the place it was drawn. Nonetheless, in that case the heirs have to submit proves to the notary that the desire is legitimate underneath the regulation of state the place it was drawn up in addition to an Armenian translation of the desire with notary verification thereof with an apostille (or with legalisation).  

It’s value noting that (1) the property of international or stateless individuals topic to inheritance and (2) inheritance of property in Armenia by the foreigner near to the formalities of acceptance of inheritance, specifically, the issuance of the inheritance certificates, is carried out underneath Armenian regulation.


Who has the precise to manage an property?

The administrator or the property is both named underneath the desire by the testator (with the consent of the individual), assigned by the heirs if nobody is indicated underneath the desire or appointed by a courtroom upon the request of 1 or a number of heirs ought to the heirs haven’t any settlement on the matter.

The place there’s a property (a share within the statutory (share) capital of an financial partnership or an organization, securities, unique rights, and so on), which wants not solely preservation but additionally administration within the composition of succession, a notary should conclude a belief administration contract with respect to such property. A industrial organisation or non-public entrepreneur in addition to a pure individual or non-commercial organisation (because of the truth the belief administration is established primarily based on the regulation), could also be appointed as a belief supervisor. Neither a state physique nor the self-governance physique could also be appointed as a belief supervisor. Additionally, belief managers might not be beneficiaries underneath the belief administration contract. 

How does title to a deceased’s belongings go to the heirs and successors? What are the foundations for administration of the property?

As a matter of the final guidelines the proceedings of inheritance is as follows:

  • Inside six months after the demise of a person, his or her heirs have to submit a written utility to the notary public of the final place of dwelling of a person on acceptance or renouncement of the succession. The collectors of a deceased individual might register the obligations once more inside six months after the demise of a person.
  • Upon the request of heirs , the administrator of an property or different events, the notary collects details about the property of the deceased individual (identification of widespread marital property is obligatory whatever the request), in addition to supplies actions for the protecting and administration of the property, for instance, requesting the switch of money to a notary deposit, compiling a list of the property, transferring the property to the storage of heirs or third events and coming into right into a belief administration contract (if essential). 
  • After the passing of six months because the demise of a person upon the request of the heirs who’ve accepted the succession, the notary should subject the inheritance certificates along with the certificates on possession for spouses in case of widespread marital property. 


The heirs might also settle for the succession by means of the precise possession or administration of the property shall it happen inside six months after the demise of a person. Ought to any inheritor settle for the precise possession or administration of the property, that inheritor might apply to the notary with request to recognise that truth by the issuance of a certificates on affirmation and the inheritance certificates thereunder.

The inheritor might settle for the inheritance six months after the demise of a person ought to all different heirs subject notary verified consents thereon.

It’s not permitted to just accept the succession underneath a situation or with reservations. Acceptance of a portion of the succession by an inheritor implies that the entire succession is accepted. 


Is there a process for disillusioned heirs and/or beneficiaries to make a declare towards an property?

The disillusioned heirs or beneficiaries are entitled to deliver a declare towards different heirs or beneficiaries. There are not any particular guidelines regulating the civil process on inheritance associated claims, specifically, these claims are thought-about as civil regulation claims topic to the jurisdiction of the courts of common jurisdiction of Armenia.

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