The European Network of Registers of Wills Association

Finding a will in Denmark

 Legal professionals, some questions/answers to assist you 

- When the existence of a will has been established, who has to be contacted to obtain information about its content?

The information on the content of the will is sent by the court responsible for settling the succession or by an official known as the ’Notary Public’.

- Who is entitled to receive the information?

The information contained in the will, and if necessary a copy of the will itself, can be sent to public authorities and legal professionals responsible for settling the succession, wherever they are located, provided they can provide evidence of their legitimate interest, and to the heirs and family of the deceased. In more general terms, information can also be provided to anyone with a legitimate interest, i.e. those whose situation has been altered by the existence of the will.

- Is there a particular procedure to be followed? If so, which one?

For the information contained in the will, or a copy of the will itself, to be communicated, the will must have been opened in accordance with Danish law.

- By what means can the information be sent?

The information contained in the will and/or a copy of the will itself are sent by post or electronically.


26 November 2014
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