Dutch living wills to be recognised in Belgium as of 1 January 2021

Dutch living wills to be recognised in Belgium as of 1 January 2021

Dutch living wills to be recognised in Belgium as of 1 January 2021

27 October, 2020

Belgium has recently ratified a convention that ensures the recognition of foreign living wills in Belgium as of 1 January 2021.

Living wills

A living will sets out who you will permit to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to do this for yourself; due to dementia or an accident, for example.

Ratification of the convention

On 30 September 2020, Belgium ratified the Hague Convention on the International Protection of Adults 2000. One of the objects of this convention is to establish clear international rules about the recognition of living wills in international situations. The convention will come into effect on 1 January 2021. Foreign lasting powers of attorney, living wills and other, similar, documents will be recognised in Belgium from this date onwards.
The Netherlands signed this convention in 2000 but has not ratified it yet.

Finally

If you would like to know more about the recognition of living wills abroad, or about the living will in general, please contact our estate planner, Gavin Vree, via gvree@joanknecht.nl or +(0)40 240 9440, or your advisor at Joanknecht.



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