A person close to me has died and did not leave a will. What can I do?

If the deceased did not leave a will, inheritance goes to relatives in accordance with the rules laid down in the Civil Code (the so-called intestacy). The first step is to determine the circle of heirs –  whether the testator had children, spouse, parents, siblings or grandparents.

Then we perform an application to the court for a declaration of inheritance or make a notary certificate of inheritance. The court's decision and the notarial act confirming the acquisition of decline are the only documents on which to determine the heirs, i.e. the legal successors of the deceased.


Advocate Joanna Dominowska
Warsaw write testament lawyer