This tripartite study examines the new instrument made available to operators by Regulation (EU) No 650/2012: the European Certificate of Succession (ECS), created as a new and independent evidentiary instrument, attesting the status as heir, as well as the other statuses provided for by the relevant succession rules and regulations, as governed by the law applicable to the succession. Through an initial analysis of the norms, the prerequisites and competences for its issue, its content and its effects, consisting in presumptions, are illustrated. The issuing authority of each Member State shall issue the Certificate use the form established by the Regulation, and strictly sticking to its structure and contents. Specific rules are provided for the conservation of the original of the Certificate and for the issue of its copies. Finally, the procedures following the issue of the Certificate for rectification, modification or withdrawal are dealt with.
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