What Does The Inheritance Law in Israel Legally Entail?

By: Adv. Eli Shimony

The concept of equality serves as the cornerstone of Israeli inheritance law. Israel’s inheritance laws aim to guarantee that each heir to a decedent receives an equal share of the estate subject to Israeli law. Inheritance law in Israel governs how assets are transferred after a person passes away. Understanding the inheritance rules in Israel is vital to ensure that your family’s assets are properly distributed. This article will provide a quick guide on inheritance law in Israel, including great rules for heirs.

What Does the Inheritance Law Entail?

The Israeli inheritance laws are regulations describing how to pass on property and assets to future generations. The term “Israeli succession law” is also used. Although inheritance laws differ from country to country, Israeli inheritance rules are based on an Israeli will or a court order from an Israeli family court that issued an Israeli probate order. According to Israeli Inheritance and Succession Law, the two subcategories of Israel inheritance law are Israeli succession law and Israeli wills law.

When an individual passes away without leaving a will in Israel or when there are no live heirs eligible to inherit the estate in Israel, the former determines who will inherit property in Israel. Who would inherit any assets or properties in Israel after death is specified in a person’s will?

Dealing with inheritance in Israel can be a sentimental and challenging process if you were born outside of Israel and have a grandparent’s estate from outside. What is stated in Israeli succession law, and how may an Israeli lawyer help you with the Israeli probate order?

Rights of Spouses and Children.

The major areas of investigation include Israel’s succession rules, Israeli children’s succession rights, and Israeli property relations legislation (1973) regarding rights to spousal succession. Israel’s inheritance laws are generally divided into two groups:

There are two kinds of succession rights in Israel: testamentary succession rights and intestate succession rights.

If someone leaves property in Israel through a will, they have a testamentary succession right. In Israel, intestate succession rights apply when someone passes away without heirs or a will. Children and spouses are entitled to receive an inheritance from a parent or spouse who has passed away, following Israeli inheritance and succession law.

Unless they want to divide it or agree to leave it to only one kid, the surviving spouse in Israel is entitled to the whole inheritance of the deceased spouse. Occasionally, the other children may be eligible for a portion of the husband’s estate in Israel.

Regulations For An Estate With No Successors.

  • According to Israeli Succession Law, the surviving spouse in Israel is entitled to the entire inheritance, assuming the deceased had a spouse.
  • In Israel, children and grandchildren inherit following their age if no surviving spouse exists.
  • In Israel, the inheritance is divided between parents and grandparents based on their ages and if they are still alive if there are no children or grandchildren.
  • In the absence of any of these circumstances, Israel’s estate shall be divided according to the ages of siblings, whether they are still alive or, in the case of a pregnant woman, whether they have yet to be born.

Israeli Inheritance & Succession Law Probate Order.

The executor of the Israeli estate has complete authority over all important matters and the administration of the estate in Israel thanks to a legal process known as the Israeli probate order. According to the law governing inheritance and succession, there are two primary forms of probate orders in Israel: an order to execute a will and an order to determine whether an inheritance’s assets exist in Israel.

According to Israeli inheritance law, the executor in Israel will decide which one to utilize based on their needs and the relevant legal circumstances.


Inheritance Law in Israel is complex, and those heirs need to be familiar with the rules and regulations of the Israeli court system to ensure they receive their proper inheritance. Heirs should be aware of the differences between intestate and testate law and familiarise themselves with the rules regarding the inheritance of movable and immovable property. Heirs should also consider the effects of different types of trusts and how assets can be distributed.

The advice of a legal professional should be sought to ensure a smooth and successful inheritance process. With proper knowledge and understanding of the law, heirs can be sure of receiving their rightful inheritance without complication.

The Israeli law firm Eli Shimony practices in the areas of inheritance laws, wills and testaments, business and civil law, real estate law, corporate law, intellectual property, class actions, litigation, mediation, and arbitration, businesses, real estate, financial claims, cryptocurrency, banking, compliance, and investments. We provide our clients with litigation services in Israel and open, friendly consulting and close legal counsel. Schedule an appointment with an inheritance lawyer in Israel today!

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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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