Bosnia – Notarising the Hereditary Declaration (Nasljednička Izjava)

Giving up your inheritance in Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sometimes inheriting property overseas can be more troublesome than it’s worth! Many of our clients with family estates in Bosnia, come to us with a request to sign the nasljednička izjava, the hereditary declaration, basically renouncing any interest in favour of someone else – usually another family member.

The practical reality is that if those clients don’t give up their rights or interest in the family estate, then they’ll be required to take part in the ongoing ownership and administration. This whole exercise can be a hassle and painfully difficult to manage from Australia, especially if their share in the estate is relatively small or doesn’t justify the cost and time.

Accordingly, if you want to give up your family estate, the relevant legal document to achieve that is called the nasljednička izjava. When signed in Australia, the nasljednička izjava must be notarised and then stamped with an apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) before it will be valid in Bosnia.

If you’re unsure about what you want to do or what you need to do to satisfy the legal requirements in Bosnia, please consult a lawyer in Bosnia. Your lawyer in Bosnia should be able to advise you on your legal rights and obligations in relation to your family estate as well as prepare the necessary legal documents (such as the nasljednička izjava) to ensure that you’re able to achieve what you set out to achieve.

Odricanje od nasljedstva u Bosni

Ponekad nasljedstvo imovine u inozemstvu može biti problematičnije nego što vrijedi! Mnogi naši klijenti s obiteljskim imanjima u Bosni dolaze k nama s zahtjevom da potpišu nasljedničku izjavu, tj. izjavu o nasljedstvu, kojom su uglavnom odustaju od bilo kakvih prava u korist nekog drugog – obično drugog člana obitelji.

Praktična stvarnost je da, ako ti klijenti ne odustanu od svojih prava ili interesa u obiteljskom imanju, bit će obavezni sudjelovati u kontinuiranom vlasništvu i upravljanju. Cijeli ovaj proces može biti gnjavaža i izuzetno težak za upravljanje iz Australije, posebno ako je njihov udio u imanju relativno mali ili ne opravdava troškove i vrijeme.

Prema tome, ako želite odustati od svog obiteljskog imanja, relevantni pravni dokument za postizanje toga zove se nasljednička izjava. Kada se potpiše u Australiji, nasljednička izjava mora biti ovjerena i zatim ovjerena apostilom od strane Ministarstva vanjskih poslova i trgovine (DFAT) prije nego što bude valjana u Bosni.

Ako niste sigurni što želite učiniti ili što morate učiniti kako biste zadovoljili pravne zahtjeve u Bosni, molimo konzultirajte se s odvjetnikom u Bosni. Vaš odvjetnik u Bosni trebao bi vam moći savjetovati o vašim pravnim pravima i obvezama u vezi s obiteljskim imanjem, kao i pripremiti potrebne pravne dokumente (poput nasljedničke izjave) kako biste osigurali da možete postići ono što ste si zacrtali.

What does notarisation involve?

For the nasljednička izjava to be notarised, you must sign it in front of the notary public. The notary public will verify your identity, witness you sign the nasljednička izjava, and then notarise it on the basis that they’ve verified your identity and they witnessed your signature.

Despite the challenges with the current global pandemic, you can only have your signature witnessed and notarised if you are physically present before the notary public who can then witness you sign your document. You can’t, and the notary public shouldn’t, sign/witness your document by any other means – not even remotely or by video etc.

Da bi nasljednička izjava bila ovjerena, morate je potpisati pred javnim bilježnikom. Javni bilježnik će provjeriti vaš identitet, svjedočiti vašem potpisivanju nasljedničke izjave, a zatim je ovjeriti na temelju toga što su provjerili vaš identitet i svjedočili vašem potpisu.

Unatoč izazovima uzrokovanim trenutnom globalnom pandemijom, vaš potpis i ovjera moguće su samo ako ste fizički prisutni pred javnim bilježnikom koji će vas moći vidjeti kako potpisujete dokument. Vaš dokument ne može, niti bi ga javni bilježnik smio, potpisati ili svjedočiti potpisu na bilo koji drugi način – ni udaljeno ni putem videopoziva i slično.

What’s an apostille?

In Australia, an apostille is a stamp/certificate issued by DFAT certifying that the nasljednička izjava was notarised by a notary public. An apostille will only be recognised by countries that are signatories to the Apostille Convention otherwise known as the Hague Apostille Convention or officially known as the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.

Both Australia and Bosnia are signatories to the Apostille Convention which means that documents from Australia, like the nasljednička izjava, must be stamped with an apostille before they will be valid in Bosnia.

U Australiji, apostil je pečat/certifikat izdan od strane DFAT-a koji potvrđuje da je nasljednička izjava ovjerena od strane javnog bilježnika. Apostil će biti priznat samo od strane zemalja koje su potpisnice Apostille konvencije, poznate i kao Haška Apostille konvencija ili službeno kao Konvencija od 5. listopada 1961. o ukidanju zahtjeva za legalizacijom stranih javnih dokumenata.

I Australija i Bosna su potpisnice Apostille konvencije, što znači da dokumenti iz Australije, poput nasljedničke izjave, moraju biti ovjereni apostilom kako bi bili važeći u Bosni.

What can we do for you?

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we often assist clients with notarising the nasljednička izjava for Bonisa as well as arranging for it to be stamped with the apostille from DFAT.

Kao vodeći pružatelj usluga javnog bilježnika u Sydneyu, često pomažemo klijentima u ovjeravanju nasljedničke izjave za Bonisu, kao i organiziranju ovjeravanja apostilom od strane DFAT-a.

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Notary Public

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