How long must a couple live together to be entitled to inherit?

In an article for ESTADÃO’s E-Investidor, Samantha Teresa Berard Jorge talks about the decision of couples who choose to just “put their toothbrushes together” and not formalize a stable union. However, the legal consequences can vary, especially in relation to inheritance, since Brazilian legislation defines “necessary heirs” as those who are entitled to the share of the assets left by the deceased, called legitimate inheritance.

“In order for the right to inheritance to be recognized, the stable union must be judicially recognized, if a public deed or private instrument of stable union has not been drawn up,” explains Samantha.

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