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Succession Regulation (Brussels IV)
Article 26

Article 26 — Substantive validity of dispositions of property upon death

  1. For the purposes of Articles 24 and 25 the following elements shall pertain to substantive validity:
    1. the capacity of the person making the disposition of property upon death to make such a disposition;
    2. the particular causes which bar the person making the disposition from disposing in favour of certain persons or which bar a person from receiving succession property from the person making the disposition;
    3. the admissibility of representation for the purposes of making a disposition of property upon death;
    4. the interpretation of the disposition;
    5. fraud, duress, mistake and any other questions relating to the consent or intention of the person making the disposition.
  2. Where a person has the capacity to make a disposition of property upon death under the law applicable pursuant to Article 24 or Article 25, a subsequent change of the law applicable shall not affect his capacity to modify or revoke such a disposition.