The inheritance law is the set of private law rules governing inheritance.
Inheritance succession begins at the time of death of a person and ends with the distribution of his assets among his heirs and/or legatees.
The difference between these two figures is that the heir succeeds in universal title, that is to say, he is subrogated to the position of the deceased, acquiring all his rights and obligations. However, the legatee succeeds in a private capacity, since he/she can only acquire specific assets or rights.
When a person dies, it may happen that he/she has left a will to regulate the distribution of his/her estate after his/her death, or it may happen that there is no will and we find ourselves before what is known as «intestate succession.»
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