Probate process in Israel

By: Adv. Eli Shimony

Israel is a country with a rich cultural and historical heritage, and it is also home to a thriving and dynamic economy. As a result, many people are interested in understanding the probate process in Israel and how it works. In this article, we will take a closer look at the legal system in Israel and the steps involved in the probate process.

Understanding the Legal System in Israel.

The legal system in Israel is based on civil law, which is a system of laws that are codified and written down in a comprehensive manner. The main source of law in Israel is the Basic Law of the State of Israel, which was enacted in 1980 and serves as the country’s constitution. The Basic Law sets out the fundamental principles of the legal system and provides a framework for the interpretation of other laws.

In addition to the Basic Law, there are a number of other laws that govern the probate process in Israel. Some of the most important laws include the Inheritance Law, the Succession Law, the Wills Law, and the Probate Law. These laws set out the legal procedures and requirements for the distribution of a deceased person’s assets, including real estate, personal property, and financial assets.

The Steps Involved in the Probate Process in Israel.

The probate process in Israel involves a number of steps, including the following:

Appointing an Executor. 
The first step in the probate process is to appoint an executor. An executor is a person who is responsible for carrying out the deceased person’s wishes and distributing their assets according to their will or the laws of inheritance. In Israel, the executor must be a resident of the country, and they must be approved by the court.

Filing a Petition for Probate.
Once an executor has been appointed, they must file a petition for probate with the court. This petition must include a copy of the deceased person’s will if they had one, and a list of their assets and liabilities. The court will then review the petition and determine whether it meets the requirements of the law.

Notifying the Heirs. 
Once the petition for probate has been filed, the executor must notify the heirs of the deceased person. This is typically done by sending a notice to their last known address. The notice must include information about the probate process, the assets of the deceased person, and the rights and responsibilities of the heirs.

Appointing an Administrator.
In some cases, the court may appoint an administrator to manage the assets of the deceased person if there is no executor or if the executor is unable to perform their duties. An administrator is similar to an executor, but they are appointed by the court rather than being named in a will.

Distributing the Assets.
Once the probate process has been completed, the executor or administrator will distribute the assets of the deceased person according to their will or the laws of inheritance. This may involve selling property, paying debts, and distributing the remaining assets to the heirs.

Closing the Estate.
The final step in the probate process is to close the estate. This involves filing a final report with the court, which includes information about the distribution of the assets and the payment of debts. The court will then issue a final order, which officially closes the estate and releases the executor or administrator from their responsibilities.

Understanding the Probate Process in Israel: Key Considerations.

When it comes to the probate process in Israel, there are a number of key considerations that you need to keep in mind, including the following:

The Importance of a Will.
Having a will is an important aspect of the probate process in Israel. A will allows you to specify how you want your assets to be distributed after your death, and it can help to avoid disputes and confusion among your heirs. It is important to have a will that is properly executed and meets the requirements of the law in order to ensure that your wishes are carried out.

The Role of an Attorney.
Working with an attorney can be extremely helpful during the probate process in Israel. An attorney can provide guidance on the legal requirements and procedures, help you navigate the court system, and ensure that your rights and interests are protected throughout the process.

The Cost of Probate.
The cost of probate in Israel can vary, depending on the size and complexity of the estate. Some of the costs that you may need to consider include court fees, attorney’s fees, and the cost of distributing the assets. It is important to budget for these costs in advance in order to avoid any surprises later on.

The Timing of Probate.
The timing of the probate process in Israel can also vary, depending on a number of factors, including the size and complexity of the estate, the court’s schedule, and any disputes that may arise among the heirs. In general, the probate process can take several months or even a year or more to complete.


The probate process in Israel can be a complex and time-consuming process, but it is important to understand the legal requirements and the steps involved in order to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. By working with an attorney, having a will in place, and being aware of the costs and timing involved, you can help to make the probate process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Eli Shimony – Israeli law firm represents clients on all legal matters in Israel. For any questions please contact us and we will be happy to assist.
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The above is only general information and does not replace legal advice which is usually necessary before taking legal proceedings.


Adv. Eli Shimony

Attorney Eli Shimony holds a bachelor's degree in law (LL.B) and a master's degree in business administration (MBA), brings a broad legal knowledge in his areas of expertise. In addition, attorney Shimony holds a wide range of professional certifications in the fields of civil law, banking, compliance, intellectual property, corporate law and more... Attorney Shimony's main areas of practice: Civil and Commercial Litigation, Class actions, Mediation and Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Companies, Real estate, Wills and Inheritances, Monetary claims, Crypto Currencies, Banking, Compliance and Investments.

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