According to the Civil Code, “the right of ownership may be acquired, in accordance with the law, by agreement, legal or testamentary inheritance, accession, usucaption, as an effect of possession in good faith in the case of movable property and fruits, by occupation, by tradition, and by judicial decision, when it is translative of ownership by itself.” Succession can be made by the public notary, if the heirs agree to it or by the court if there are disagreements between them.

If the notary public is unable to settle the application for succession because the heirs dispute their status and disagree on the extent of their rights, they must go to court.

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