Inheritance Settlement

About inheritance settlement

Appropriate inheritance procedures must be completed in order to inherit assets including property, bank accounts, and securities. Certain submissions must be made according to Japanese inheritance law, and there are strict deadlines for filings such as inheritance tax.

Inheritance procedures can be meticulous, time consuming, and difficult for non-experts. Multiple government entities and institutions need to be contacted, including tax office(s), legal affairs bureau(s), and financial institution(s). Each institution has its own set of procedures and required documents to submit.

Our strengths

The passing of a loved one is a difficult time. Our team is committed to giving you advice and support to take care of inheritance procedures. We can provide a high level of service because of our team of experienced judicial scriveners, licensed legal professionals who specialize in Japanese legal procedures. Our strategic network of specialists also includes lawyers (bengoshi) and tax accountants (Japan CPA).

If you are not sure where to start, contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can explain processes such as how to determine heirs, investigation of assets, division of inherited property, and registration of inherited property. Even if you do not know what procedures are necessary, we can assist you in determining how to proceed.

Process

  • Step 1

    Free consultation

    Contact us by phone or email to schedule a free consultation.
    Tokyo: +81 (0)3-3234-1077
    Osaka: +81 (0)6-6362-3003
    Email: info@st-kokusai.com

  • Step 2

    Estimate

    We will provide a fee estimate based on your needs.

  • Step 3

    Contract

    Upon being contracted by the client, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the heirs and assets (real estate, bank accounts, other assets), and begin preparing necessary documents for inheritance registration.

  • Step 4

  • Step 5

    Registration complete

    Upon completion of registration, we will promptly deliver all documents to the client after final review.

Will Creation

About will creation

We strongly recommend creating a notarized will if you’re considering leaving behind a last will and testament in Japan.

There are various advantages to a notarized will, as it enables a fast-tracked inheritance process that allows heirs to skip time consuming procedures, such as needing to certify a regular will or create an agreement on division of inherited property.

If there is no will at the time of inheritance, division of inheritance among heirs is possible through statutory inheritance or agreement on division of inherited property. However, in some cases it may not be easy to come to an agreement, which can cause unnecessary stress and sometimes even lead to legal disputes among heirs.

We strongly recommend creating a notarized will to avoid such headaches.

Our strengths

STK Legal knows how to create an effective will because we are specialists in inheritance procedures. Our experience is deep and diverse, whether you or your heirs are Japanese or foreign nationals of any nationality. We have partnerships with most major financial institutions, as well as other professional advisors including lawyers and tax accountants. Even if heir(s) reside overseas and/or include foreign national(s), we can help you create a will that accurately conveys your wishes. 

Leaving a notarized will is complex because it requires cooperation with a Japanese public notary. Because of our network with notary offices, we can help you benefit from creating a notarized will, while also making sure that your intentions are fully conveyed no matter how complex. 

With a well-crafted and valid notarized will, you can ensure a smooth transition of your legacy.

Process

  • Step 1

    Free consultation

    Contact us by phone or email to schedule a free consultation.
    Tokyo: +81 (0)3-3234-1077
    Osaka: +81 (0)6-6362-3003
    Email: info@st-kokusai.com

  • Step 2

    Estimate

    We will provide a fee estimate based on your needs.

  • Step 3

    Contract

    Upon being contracted by the client, we will schedule a confidential consultation to review the client’s wishes, identify assets and heirs, and begin preparing a draft will.

  • Step 4

    Notarization

    Our staff will go together with you and your witnesses to the notary office and assist you through the procedure of notarizing your will.

  • Step 5

    Registration complete

    Upon completion of notarized will registration, we will promptly deliver all documents to the client after final review.

Legacy Planning

About legacy planning

“How much is inheritance tax?” “Will division of inheritance be done properly?” 

Are you well prepared if something happens to you or your loved ones?

There are many decisions to be made regarding inheritance when creating a legacy plan. Should you gift assets to heirs beforehand to avoid inheritance tax headaches? Do you need to ensure a smooth succession of management and/or shareholdership of a company? There are strategies for realizing your particular goals while minimizing the burden on your loved ones.

Our strengths

STK Legal can help you create a legacy plan according to your specific situation and wishes. We can help you realize a smooth transition of your legacy to the next generation.

Our firm can advise you on strategic measures not only for inheritance, but also to avoid other issues that can occur before inheritance.

Our extensive experience includes will creation strategy, how to plan inheritance for multiple heirs, how to determine pre-inheritance succession, and how to proceed with company ownership succession, all while taking into account the tax burden on each decision. 

Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. Even if you do not own real estate, a legacy planning strategy will better protect your legacy. Our team of consultants includes native speakers of English, Chinese and Korean.

Process

  • Step 1

    Free consultation

    Contact us by phone or email to schedule a free consultation.
    Tokyo: +81 (0)3-3234-1077
    Osaka: +81 (0)6-6362-3003
    Email: info@st-kokusai.com

  • Step 2

    Estimate

    We will provide a fee estimate based on your needs.

  • Step 3

    Contract

    Upon being contracted by the client, we will set up a confidential consultation to go over the client’s individual situation and propose a legacy planning strategy.

  • Step 4

    Consulting

    We will provide necessary support for implementing your legacy plan with the cooperation of our partner tax accountants, lawyers, and other professionals.

  • Step 5

    Complete

    Upon completion of all procedures, we will promptly deliver all documents to the client after final review.

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