European Certificate of Succession

Heirs, executors of wills and persons taking care of the property of an estate can use the European Certificate of Succession to prove their position and authority in another EU Member State. The certificate facilitates the management of succession matters when the deceased has property in several EU Member States.


Do as follows 

1. Find out whether you can apply for a certificate from us or whether the matter belongs to an authority in another country.  

2. If we can issue the certificate, fill in the application.  

Application for the European Certificate of Succession 

  • 3. You will always need other documents attached to the application, the contents of which depend on the purpose of the certificate. The necessary clarifications may include: 
  • Report on the family relationships of the deceased 
  • Estate inventory deed (if one has been prepared) 
  • Deed of distribution of property and inheritance 
  • Will and its notice of service 
  • Prenuptial agreement and its registration certificate 
  • Appointment of an estate administrator and/or executor of the distribution of the estate  
  • A statement of assets located abroad.  

4. Send the application and its appendices to us by post or email to the address below. 

5. We will deliver the original certificate to you by post. You can also agree with the processor of your application that you will pick up the certificate from the Helsinki service location at the address Lintulahdenkuja 2, 00530 Helsinki.  

6. We will send you an invoice when the certificate is ready. You will receive an invoice to the service if you have taken it into use, or otherwise to OmaPosti or by post. 

If you would like us to return to you the attached original reports, please remember to ask us for it. We will not return copies. 

Frequently asked questions 

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