The Estate Register contains legal facts relating to opened successions. A succession ‘opens’ as soon as the testator passes away.
Legal facts include, for example:
- statements of heirs who have accepted or rejected the inheritance;
- details of the notary involved in the succession proceedings;
- details of the liquidator (a person appointed by the court to settle or liquidate the estate).
A description of the estate must be drawn up as part of the liquidation of the estate. This description gives an overview of the estate’s assets and liabilities. This will allow creditors to verify whether there is a positive balance and whether there are assets that can be sold. The Estate Register allows creditors to find out who they need to contact in order to inspect the inventory.