Is the guardian entitled to the ward’s inheritance?

This is a question we have received several times through our social networks. Posed this way the question, the quick answer is NO. Just because you are a guardian of a person, you do not have any rights over their inheritance.

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This is a question we have received several times through our social networks. Posed this way the question, the quick answer is NO. By the fact of being a guardian of a person you do not have any right over his or her inheritance.

Those who have been so designated in the will and, if there is no will, those who have the right to the inheritance are those who have been so designated by law, descendants, spouse, ascendants and relatives up to the fourth degree.

In this way, the guardian can have the right to the inheritance as long as he/she is one of the relatives mentioned above or has been designated as heir in the will of the ward.

This second option will be more complicated in the case of minors under 14 years of age or persons with disabilities, since these minors or persons who “habitually or accidentally are not of sound mind” do not have the capacity to grant a will.

In general, it can be observed that the assumptions of lack of capacity to testament are the same as those to celebrate by oneself valid legal acts, that is to say, that they are assumptions of disability in fact, but that they are not susceptible to be corrected by means of a representative (as it would be the tutor), given the very personal nature of the will, for example, the age, the mental and physical aptitude, etc.

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Do not hesitate to contact our team, we are specialists in inheritance planning and management, wills and situations in which the family estate must be managed in a professional manner so as not to damage the family dynamics.

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