Understanding Jurisdiction for Probate with a Foreign Element in Serbia

When a deceased person's estate involves foreign heirs or property outside Serbia, the probate proceedings become more complex.

In this article, JPM Senior Associate Aleksandar Grujić and Associate Dimitrije Stepanović, explain the jurisdictional rules Serbian courts follow for probate cases with a foreign element and provide clear guidance on how to navigate probate with foreign heirs or property.

Key points are:

  • Serbian courts have exclusive jurisdiction over immovable property in Serbia, even if foreign heirs are involved.
  • For movable property, jurisdiction depends on whether foreign courts decline it and the location of assets.
  • Proceedings often take much longer with a foreign element.
  • Choosing the right court is crucial to avoid delays.

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