Philippine Inheritance Law

By Paul Cartmell

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According to the Global Property Guide website, inheritance in the Philippines is governed by the operation of Philippine law. Certain portions of the estate of a deceased person are guaranteed for compulsory heirs.

Types

The Asuncion Law website explains that there are four types of legal forms of inheritance in the Philippines. They are: testamentary succession, intestate succession, mixed succession and partition inter vivo.

Heirs

Compulsory heirs under Philippine law are split up as primary heirs, who are children and direct descendents, according to The Global Property Guide. Secondary heirs are legitimate parents and ascendants. And concurring heirs include a surviving spouse and illegitimate descendents.

Taxes

The Global Property Guide reports that taxes are paid on the remainder of a deceased person's estate after losses, debts and expenses are deducted from the estate. Non-citizens of the Philippines must pay taxes only on property held in the Philippines.

About the Author

Paul Cartmell began his career as a writer for documentaries and fictional films in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s. Working in documentary journalism, Cartmell wrote about a wide variety of subjects including racism in professional sports. Cartmell attended the University of Lincoln and London Metropolitan University, gaining degrees in journalism and film studies.

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