It is normal that the out-of-court settlement of inheritance relations seems more effective procedure with fewer complications. One thing that brings my attention during my practice as civil lawyer is those facts that in many cases the heirs have pretentions and wish to rise disputes between them in court (i.e. every one fighting for better piece of the inheritance pot) so in rare cases they reach voluntary signing of the contract before the local notary public. This is where the role of civil Bulgarian solicitor takes place, because a lawsuit for distribution would be the sole option left for the heirs to receive their legal part of the estate.
In my practice I have noted that the court procedure involves a lot of documentation that has to be obtained from many sources – for example the civil claim has to be registered with the Land Register, once the related documents supporting the claim are obtained from the Local Authorities. It is always related with time-spending and more or less it slows the two-stage process.
So I always advise my clients who wish to lodge claim for court distribution of heritage, two things:
1) To be patient, because most of them do not know the specifics of the court procedures (of course they are not supposed to) and they must get a clear view that this two-stage court process may take years, especially if related to many assets and where involving many heirs to participate.