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In a recent case on succession, Judge Paul Gilligan ruled that the homemade will of poet John O’Donohue was void due to uncertainty of its terms and meaning. The resulting decision meant that the entire €2 million estate left by the poet passed to his mother Josie.
New EU regulation No 650/2012 came into force on the 17th August 2015 and applies to all deaths after that date.
Ireland has opted out of the regulation as have The UK and Denmark but Irish Citizens will still benefit from it if they own property in any of the 24 member states that have signed up to the regulation.