Getting married in Italy: how to obtain an internationally valid marriage certificate

Romantic atmospheres, stunning cities and landscapes, mild climate and eccellent food: many couples from all over the world choose Italy for their destination wedding.   In Italy, the documents that certify a legal union between two people are:   – the marriage certificate, which includes basic information such as the personal data of the groom […]

How to get an Italian Codice Fiscale

The Italian Codice Fiscale is an alphanumeric identification code of 16 characters, similar to a Social Security Number (SSN) in the United States or the National Insurance Number issued in the United Kingdom.   The term “Codice Fiscale” is commonly translated as “tax code”, “fiscal code” or “tax number”.   Why you might need an Italian […]

International separation and divorce: the rules on custody of minors

  In addition to allowing couples to choose the law applicable to their divorce or separation, the international law establishes the rules that mixed couples must follow for the custody of minors. In the event of divorce or separation, it is important to determine whether the children will live with only one parent or with […]

Inheritance of assets in Italy: when and why to accept under benefit of inventory

If you are called as heir in Italy, you have three alternatives:   – pure and simple acceptance of the inheritance: you will inherit all the assets subject to succession and have unlimited personal liability for the deceased’s debts, even if the amount of the debts exceeds the value of the assets inherited; – repudiation […]

Buying or renting property in Italy: how to deal with Italian estate agents

  According to the Italian law, estate agents must be duly authorized and enrolled in the chamber of commerce of the province in which they work or live, whether they operate as independent professionals or are employed by an agency.   Duty and obligations of Italian estate agents   To practice their profession lawfully, Italian […]

Buying a house in Italy: the preliminary contract of sale  

It is normal practice in real estate transactions in Italy that both the parties sign a preliminary contract of sale (contratto preliminare or compromesso). It is a true contract that obligates both parties to sign the final contract, stipulating the main elements of the transaction and the conditions for the future performance of the formalities […]

How get a mortgage for buying property in Italy

If buying a home in Italy appeals to you, you can apply for a mortgage: most Italian banks will give mortgages to non-residents, assuming they meet the general requirements. Whether you’re an Italian citizen living abroad or a foreigner, it’s likely that you will be asked to provide additional information about your status and your […]

Marriage and divorce in Italy: what you need to know about the Italian divorce law

Marriages between Italian citizens and foreigners frequently occur – as with separations and divorces that involve cross-border issues related to property and children. Marriage and children can be complex to manage, when partners have diverse citizenship. If you’re marrying an Italian partner, you will want to consider the consequences of marriage and divorce in Italy: […]

5 steps to follow when buying property in Italy

If the idea of buying property in Italy inspires you, there’s something you should know before closing the deal: besides being a dream come true, the purchase of a home (in Italy or anywhere else) is probably one of the largest and most important commitments you will make in your life. Real estate law in Italy is […]

Italian inheritance: requirements of a legally valid power of attorney

If you become a heir under a will and you are a foreigner, or an Italian citizen residing abroad, you will want to confer power of attorney on somebody who is practically and materially able to fulfill all the activities related to testate succession, such as the acceptance or waiver of the succession, or the […]