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Josep-Antoni Gracia VicenteA colleage from Turkey needed to prove, before the Istambul Court, the Catalan law regarding an inheritance of a catalan citizen who died in Turkey without last will. He ask me to provide a legal evidence of the applicable personal law. This was my report. My target was to use as few words as possible.


  1. A Catalan citizen living in Turkey died without drawing up last will.
  2. He had two daughters.


When a Catalan citizen dies without write last will the applicable law is the Spanish Civil Code, passed by law of 29/07/1889 and further modifications.

Article 931 of this law states:

Children and his descendants succeed his parents and grandfathers without distinction of sex, age or parentage.

Regarding how child will divide the goods, rights and assets, article 932 says:

Children of the deceased inherit always by own right, and must divide the inheritance in parts of equal value.

Finally, regarding the goods, rights and assets included in the inheritance, article 659 states:

Inheritance includes alls the goods, assets, rights and obligations of one individual not wiped out by his death.

Legal opinion

The inheritance of the Catalan citizen must be divided between his two daughters in a 50%-50% basis including alls his goods, rights and debts, in Turkey or elsewhere.