The Claim of Inheritance Process in Macau: Probate Guide

The Claim of Inheritance Process in Macau: Probate Guide

In our latest newsletter, we shed light on the intricacies of the inheritance claim process (habilitação de herdeiros in Portuguese) in Macau. As a trusted local law firm, we’re committed to providing our customers with valuable insights into navigating inheritance laws and probate procedures in Macau with ease.

The Claim of Inheritance:

The procedure, which is the equivalent in common law jurisdictions to a grant of probate, is a pivotal legal process in Macau that facilitates the transfer of assets and rights from a deceased individual to his/her rightful heirs. It’s essential to grasp the nuances of this process to ensure a smooth transition of inheritance in accordance with Macau’s inheritance laws.

Key Steps in the Process:
  1. Identification of Heirs: The first step involves identifying the rightful heirs of the deceased individual. This may entail examining the deceased’s will, if available, and verifying the legal relationships between the heirs and the deceased.
  2. Submission of Documentation: Once the heirs are identified, relevant documentation must be submitted to the Macau courts or to a Notary Public. This includes the deceased’s death certificate, proof of heirship, and any other pertinent legal documents. A full list of the documents can be seen in the Macau SAR official page.
  3. Notary Public Arrangement: With all required documents, and if there are no minors, it is possible to arrange a date to execute a notarized deed of grant at a Notary Public office that will state who are the beneficiaries of the estate and the respective part.
  4. Court Case: If a Notary Deed is not possible because documents are missing or there are minors as beneficiaries, the court reviews the submitted documentation to verify the legitimacy of the heirs’ claims. Upon satisfactory review, the court issues a judicial order, officially recognizing the heirs as their respective parts and authorizing the transfer of the estate assets and rights.
  5. Asset Transfer: With the deed of grant or the judicial order in hand, the heirs can proceed with the transfer of assets and rights owned by the deceased. This may involve liquidating assets, transferring property ownership, and settling any outstanding debts.
Why seek the assistance of a Macau Lawyer:

Navigating the claim of inheritance process in Macau can be daunting, especially for those unfamiliar with local legal intricacies. Partnering with a seasoned Macau lawyer can streamline the process and ensure compliance with all legal requirements. Our team of legal experts specializes in probate and inheritance laws, providing tailored solutions to meet your unique needs.


In conclusion, understanding the claim of inheritance process is essential for effectively managing inheritance matters in Macau. By following the outlined steps and seeking guidance from experienced legal professionals, you can navigate this process with confidence and ensure the rightful distribution of assets.

Macau Property Inheritance RegimeIf you’re seeking assistance with probate or inheritance matters in Macau, our experienced lawyers Hugo Couto (Senior Partner), and Antonio Zhang (Senior Associate), are here to help. Contact us through our email address or call +853 28 591 592.

For further information on this topic, you can also check our previous newsletter about “Macau Property Inheritance Regime” and our Family Law page.