What to do before immigrating at a family and succession level?

In a pre-immigration context it is important to address a number of issues at a family and succession level before your departure to your new country.

Firstly, it is important to ensure the transcription of your marital status to Portugal. In this sense, and before moving it is important to obtain all the necessary documentation (certified and apostilled/legalized) for the transcription process in Portugal, for example, of marriage or civil partnership, which is also one of the paths of family reunification and for acquisition of the Portuguese nationality. Furthermore, in case of a Divorce made abroad, it will be through Review and Confirmation of Foreign Sentence (or decision) that the transcription of the divorce to Portuguese territory will occur, which will also require apostilled documentation.

On the other hand, academic competence and qualifications should not be forgotten. They can make all the difference in the immigration, tax and even integration process in the Portuguese society.

Moreover, on a succession level, it is advisable to conscientiously safeguard the applicable law by means of a will in the relevant jurisdictions in order to clarify any possible conflicts of laws, since the residence of a person in a country may have repercussions on the applicable law to the succession and surprise the heirs when the time comes. In fact, it is possible to choose the law that will regulate the succession, choosing between the law of the citizenship or the law of the place where the person decided to residence establish the residence.

As a result of the undeniable current mobility and an increasingly demanding and global society, there is a real Immigration Industry, with qualified professionals that can guide you through the bureaucracy involved. Coordination between providers of the relevant countries is essential and will bring value and safety to your process.

Professional support and planning of the immigration and relocation project in advance can enable you to reduce the associated opportunity cost, move through the fastest and most appropriate procedures for your purposes, consciously predict the impact of the migration at the personal, professional, family and tax level and make the experience more smooth, linear and efficient.

The content of this information does not constitute any specific legal advice; the latter can only be given when faced with a specific case. Please contact us for any further clarification or information deemed necessary in what concerns the application of the law.