* the public will, drawn up by a civil law notary, by a municipal court or by a consulate body. It groups:
– the authentic will, drawn up by a public official.
– the international will, signed before two witnesses and a public official.
* the private will which groups:
– the allographic (or “before witnesses”) will, signed by the testator and by two witnesses.
– the holographic will, written, dated and signed by the testator himself.
Yes, there is a register of wills in Croatia, administered by the Chamber of Notaries. The registration and search of wills is carried out electronically through the Chamber of Notaries.
It is not obligatory to register a will. However, if a will is recorded in the register, the testator can be sure that his last wishes will be found and therefore respected following his death.
Anyone can record his will in the register. It is in effect possible to draft a will oneself. However, the assistance of a civil law notary is particularly valuable since he is a specialist in the matter. His advice shall thus enable to draw up a will which respects the law and which therefore does not run the risk of being declared null and void.
It is not the content of the will which is registered in the register but the information which enables the will to be found.
The civil law notary may keep the public and private wills handed over to him by the testator, as well as a lawyer, or a court.
No, the existence of a will and its content shall remain a secret during the entire life of the testator. Only the testator and those to whom he has given a special power of attorney may consult the register.
Registration costs amount to around 15 €.
Upon the death of the testator, the register may be queried by the civil law notaries, and through the Chamber of Notaries by lawyers, courts and consular bodies. This query is mandatory, as it ensures that the last wishes of the testator are respected.
It’s not necessary to provide a death certificate to perform a search in the register because upon the death of the testator the court receives a death certificate, so that the inheritance proceeding is instituted and the court transfers the inheritance file to notary public who – as courts commissioner – conduct inheritance proceeding and issue decision.
The cost of a search amounts to 3 €.