New Swiss Inheritance Law: Entry into force planned for 1 January 2023


The Swiss parliamentary chambers approved the new inheritance law on 18 December 2020. No referendum has been requested for the proposed amendment within the referendum deadline, which expired on 12 April 2021, the Federal Council has accordingly decided at its meeting on 19 May 2021 that it would enter into force on 1 January 2023.

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