Belize: Current Legal Framework as regards Wills, Probate, and Succession 

Belize: Current Legal Framework as regards Wills, Probate, and Succession 

To begin with, Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, still maintains strong ties with Britain, which is clearly reflected in its legal system. Actually, it is mainly based on the British common law system. In fact, Chapter 203 of the Wills Act refers to Wills (their execution and effects) and Inheritance (Family Provision). Therefore, unless you decide to contact a local lawyer, you need an international attorney who specializes in Wills, Probate, and Succession. Nevertheless, if you are looking for experience and expertise, a proven record of success and cost-effective legal assistance for this specific field of legal proceedings, our law firm is the only option.


Indeed, in-depth knowledge of Belize’s legal system, years of experience in international law, and a knack for sorting out bureaucratic obstacles and legal challenges are all the facts that have turned our law firm into a reference in Belize.

Belize: Wills, Probate, and Succession 

Even though Inheritance, Succession, and Probate are indeed standard legal procedures, we offer a comprehensive service that sets us apart from our competitors. As a matter of fact, this multifaceted approach relies on a team of professionals from many and different fields. For example, business agents, certified tax accountants, auditors, document facilitators, and database analysts. In addition, notaries public, paralegals, researchers, appraisers, and former government employees. But also, buyer/seller locators, investment planners, insurance agents, multilingual translators, etc.


Our Legal Services in Belize

This unparalleled combination of human resources, know-how, and skills has helped us to handle a varied array of other cases for overseas clients. Below you can see some examples:


abatement / ademption of legacies, administration expenses, administrator with the will annexed, ancestor, apparent heir, appoint / constitute an executor, appraisals, attestation of witnesses, capacity, causa mortis, claimant of the estate, clause of accrue, closed testament, conveyance, co-executor, co-heir, commingle funds, commingling of property, commorients, construction proceeding, contingent devise, database analysis, death taxes, devisee, devisor, die intestate, disinherit, disinheriting children, domestic / foreign / public administrator, distributee, donatio intervivos, donation, elective share of an estate, escheat, escheated property, estate planning, foreign deed location,


Belize: Wills, Probate, and Succession 

fraudulent alienation, genealogists, general devise, hereditaments, homestead, hotchpot, implied revocation, legatee, in contemplation of death, inchoate dower, inheritance search / locator, international archives access, invalidity / extinguishment of legacies / devises, joint heir, lapsing of gifts, lineal descendant, mediation, military testament, modify, revoke, or replace a will, mutual testament, next devisee, notarize the execution, oppose the probate, payment of claims, presumptive heir, pretermitted heir, probate proceedings, proof of a will, real estate litigation, register of wills, repatriation of real estate, secret testament, simplified or summary probate, spouse’s right to wave their share, subscribing witnesses, succession, successor in interest, tax return, testamentary guardian, transfer of ownership, unborn beneficiaries, unclaimed bank accounts, universal successor, widow / widower, will contest


Belize: Wills, Probate, and Succession 

After having a clear overview of the legal procedure involved for your specific case of inheriting in Belize –for instance, legal requirements, mandatory documentation, time estimates, specific tax issues, pending payments for mortgage, rent, liens, and encumbrances, possible controversies among the heirs and beneficiaries, actual appraisals of the assets to be inherited, cost assessments, and accurate deadlines-, you will be able to decide if it is worth to embark in this time and money-consuming process.

Belize: Wills, Probate, and Succession 

Belize: Wills, Probate, and Succession

The Offer to Purchase your Inheritance

Again, our law firm has yet another groundbreaking solution to offer you… the purchase of your inheritance!


Give us a call and one of our representatives can walk you through the best options for your case.


In addition, the following information may help you understand the inheritance process.


In general, a probate process in Belize may take six months to a year to be completed. This process is usually carried out by the executor or administrator appointed in the will, by filing the original will with the court clerk, and then by filing a Petition for Probate of Will.


In general, all of the assets included in a deceased person’s estate are subject to probate. For example, real property, money in any form, vehicles, art collections, etc. However, there are some items that are exempt from probate. For instance, income tax refunds, unpaid wages, and cash (up to certain amounts). But also, bank accounts, retirement plans, life insurance, jointly owned assets, and living trust assets.

Legal Jurisdictions in Belize

Take a look at the provinces, cities, and towns where we have already assisted overseas clients in Belize:

Aguacate, Alta Vista, Arenal, Arizona, Armenia, August Pine Ridge, Barranco, Belize, Belize District, Bella Vista, Belmopan,

Benque Viejo del Carmen, Bermudian Landing, Big Falls, Billy White, Biscayne, Blackman Eddy, Bladen, Blue Creek, Bomba,

Boom Creek, Boston, Buena Vista, Bullet Tree Falls, Burrell Boom, Calcutta, Caledonia, Calla Creek, Camalote, Carmelita, Carolina,

Cattle Landing, Caye Caulker, Cayo, Cayo District, Chan Chen, Chan Pine Ridge, Chunox, Concepción, Conejo Creek, Consejo,

Copper Bank, Corazon Creek, Corozal, Corozal District, Corozal Town, Corozalito, Cotton Tree, Cowpen (San Juan), Crique Jute,

Local Presence

El Progresso, Eldridgeville, Esperanza, Fire Burn, Flowers Bank, Forest Home, Franks Eddy, Freetown Sibun, Gales Point, Gardenia,

George Town, Georgeville, Golden Stream, Gracie Rock, Guinea Grass, Hattieville, Hope Creek, Hopkins,

Hummingbird Community, Independence, Indian Church, Indian Creek, Isabella Bank, Jacintoville, Jalacte, Jordan, La Democracia,

La Gracia, Ladyville, Laguna, Lemonal, Libertad, Lord’s Bank, Los Lagos Community, Los Tambos, Louisville, Lower Barton Creek,

Lucky Strike, Mabil Ha, Mafredi, Mahogany Heights, Maskall, May Pen, Maya Center, Maya Mopan, Medina Bank, Middlesex,

Midway, Mile 8 Community, Monkey River, More Tomorrow, Mullins River, Na Luum Ca, Nuevo San Juan, Ontario,

Orange Walk, Orange Walk District, Orange Walk Town, Otoxha, Paraiso, Patchakan, Placencia, Pomona, Steadfast, Sunday Wood,

Teakettle, Toledo, Toledo District, Tower Hill, Trial Farm, Trinidad, Trio, Unitedville, Upper Barton Creek, Valley Community,

Valley of Peace, Western Paradise, Willows Bank, Xaibe, Yemeri Grove, Yo Chen, Yo Creek




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