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Inheritance law and other civil law matters (English desk - legal services)
Succession and probate Argentine attorneys
Inheritance Law, Successions, Last will and testament, trusts and general planning, Advice to Argentine Heirs, Representation in the Probate proceedings in Buenos Aires City and all over the country. Estate Administration.
Probate proceedings may range from a simple transmission of assets of the estate, to very complex claims, and protracted litigation in various jurisdictions. Our Law Firm has extensive expertise in both types of proceedings.
We have extensive experience in successions in Argentina with foreigners and heirs living abroad (eventually deemed non Argentine residents).
Language and cultural barriers make it difficult to face a succession proceeding abroad. Thus, it is important to rely on attorneys fluent in your language and familiar with international successions, which are usually more complicated than a domestic proceeding.
We aim to be one of the leading probate and trust law firm providing administration, litigation, and planning services, and we are used to dealing with international cases.
We offer free initial consultations to walk you through the main features of the process. We love solve the most difficult problems.
Succession & Probate proceedings in Argentina / Buenos Aires. Inheritance Law
Probate / succession proceedings in Argentina / Buenos Aires.
Required documentation and information for Probate proceedings in Argentina:
1) Death certificate.
2) Birth and or Marriage certificate, as the case may be. If any heir is dead, or there are more than one degree of kinship to evidence, all the relevant certificates (birth and death) will be needed.
3) Names, Address, ID and Civil Status of all known heirs.
4) Property titles
5) Power of attorney (if necessary)
If any of these documents were issued in a foreign country, the relevant document/s must be apostilled / legalized and translated (by a chartered translator, and the translations must all be legalized by the translator’s bar) into Spanish if they were not in that language.
A probate case / succession can take from 4 months to several years, if it becomes litigious.
The costs involved are:
1. Attorney fees:
Depending on the jurisdiction and nature of the case and the work involved, attorneys in Argentina are awarded by the court (absent any agreement) from 6 to 20 percent of the value of total estate which are being inherited.
However, the parties may agree otherwise. We recommend agreeing this, so that you may know in advance exactly how much you will have to pay.
You can either pay us at the beginning of the process, or according to the different procedural stages, or you can even arrange to pay only upon the sale of the inherited assets.
2. Expenses (up to the judgment determining who the heirs are - declaratoria de herederos):
Translations, attorney ticket, official gazette, reports from registries of last wills, and other minor expenses. Except for the translations, which depend on the extent of the needed work, the rest of the expenses altogether are less than USD 50, approximately.
3. Court tax:
Depending on the jurisdiction, from 1.5 to 2.2 %, plus other expenses, also dependent on the jurisdiction (social security, taxes, etc.)
4. Other expenses for registration:
Reports from the Public registry, fees for registration, etc. This depends on the type and value of the asset and the jurisdiction, but it should not represent a significant expense, in relation to the overall cost.
At your request, for you to know the costs in advance, we are ready to prepare a fee proposal and an estimate of expenses, if you can provide us with some information of your case.
We are aware that handling complex legal matters from a distance can be difficult and costly.
We offer the handling your probate proceeding through a special power of attorney.
Thus, you may avoid costly travel, as well as unnecessary responsibilities and obligations.
The international perspective of our legal firm
We specialize in providing legal assistance to international clients having business or personal matters in Argentina.
Our international perspective.
Alejandro Breit, along with most of the firm’s team, has broad international experience and perspective, having studied as much as 6 different languages and dealt with so many diverse cultures. This often proves to be a valuable benefit for clients who have previously experienced some language or cultural barriers when working with foreign attorneys or law-firms.
The firm is fully bilingual and able to communicate and prepare documents with equal ease in Spanish and English. Some professionals are fluent in other languages, including Portuguese, French, Russian and some of them also have working knowledge of German and Arabic.
For further information, please feel free to learn About the Law Firm. For your reference, we provide recommendations from satisfied clients, and expressions of the highest esteem of some of our colleagues (see Testimonials). Also, you will see our credientials (e.g. Chambers & Partners).
For any query, please contact us here (through most of the simplest communication means), and assistance will be provided right away. For immediate contact, our phone number is 54 9 11 6439 8433.
Feel free to contact us any time if you need. We will be happy to provide you with a free, no obligation, proposal within 24 hours.
Accessibility and prompt responses are important both for productivity (we are sure that communication has a great influence in getting better results) and to develop a solid relationship with our clients. Thus, communication with our clients is key to our way of working.
That is why we are always available and reachable through all channels of communication that our clients may prefer, including modern informal mobile apps.
Our clients are always kept apprised of any development concerning their matters.
Free confidential consultation.
We know that it can be daunting to choose a lawyer in Argentina for someone unfamiliar with our country.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or to discuss retaining our legal services.
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Our Service philosophy.
When we founded the law firm, we were determined to move away from some of the traditional models of how “big law firms” usually work. These law firms still rely on the outdated model based on ‘billable-hours’, which in our view directly discourages efficient or quick results, given its natural predilection for billing the maximum number of hours for every matter, which leads to having a reward even for creating problems.
These new service and value based methods and technologies have considerably increased efficiency and productivity and have also made things easier for clients.
We have confirmed over the years that this maximizes the outcome. As a result, our clients get more of want they expect from a law firm: effective result-oriented work; direct personal attention, with open and easy communication; and –to sum up– attainable concrete solutions.
Billing Policy. Flexibility.
Our billing policy is in perfect harmony with the service philosophy described above. As a result, we are proud to be able to provide a fair and competitive fee proposal.
Our policy is flexible, so as to adapt to the changing particular needs of each of our clients. Thus, we contemplate the following billing alternatives:
* Contingent fee: As the best example of a result-oriented approach, a success fee is an available alternative, either as an exclusive or combined policy. The percentage of the success fee can even be adjusted, depending on the magnitude of the results, thus totally aligning the Firm’s interests with those of the client.
* Monthly lump sum (abono). It is an amount estimated as a monthly average of the professional time spent on the client’s affairs. It is particularly suitable for businesses, allowing optimization of legal fees and foreseeability for budgetary purposes.
* A fixed fee. It is a total sum calculated for a particular work entrusted by the client. This amount can be payable in installments, depending on the duration of the services hired.
* Estimate or Maximum fee. Considering the magnitude of the entrusted work, fees can be calculated by stages.
* Hourly basis. We keep a detailed record of time spent on each matter (Time-sheet).
Our fees are invoiced, at the client’s choice, on a monthly or quarterly basis, or when the work is completed.
Also, depending on the circumstances of the particular case, we can discuss any other alternative that better fits our clients’ needs.
Fair and reasonable determination.
Our Law Firm determines the fees considering:
– The complexity of the matter;
– The time and resources dedicated;
– The seniority of the involved professionals;
– The entrusted responsibilities, in light of the amounts at stake and results;
– The special circumstances of each case, in relation to time constraints and way of implementation.
The expenses incurred in relation to our clients’ matters are reimbursable on a monthly basis, with detailed rendition of accounts.
Expenses are limited to those strictly necessary, and do not include any mark-up or gain of any nature.