Parental Donation

One of the fundamental principles of Greek Civil and Tax Law, is the protection of the family and the supply of adequate assets to children by their parents in order to assist them towards the creation or the maintenance of their family or their financial independence, or towards the establishment or the continuance of their profession. When these principles do not exceed the standards which the relevant circumstances allow, we are talking about  Greek “Parental Gifts” (goniki parohi); they are not considered as gifts and are not regulated as such by Greek law.

According to the above, the provisions for gifts in Greece do not apply for gifts in Greece from parents to children and the Notarial form is not necessary, except from parental gifts which include real estate property; Then, the execution of a Notarial Deed is necessary.

In comparison to the provisions for gifts, Greek Parental Gifts can neither be revoked nor offended as unaffectionate, even in the case that forced share rights are offended. However, in the case that the gift exceeds rationale, it is considered as a gift, for the exceeding amount.

In case that Greek Parental Gifts include real estate, the conveyance is implemented through the execution of a Notarial Deed, by both parties (parent and child) and its subsequent registration in the competent archives of the competent Land Registry and/or Land Registry Cadastral of the property's location.

The conveyance of real estate through a gift in Greece, is executed through a Notarial Deed. In the absence of the notarial document, the gift in Greece may be considered to be accomplished upon delivery of the gifted property to the grantee.

The gift in Greece may also provide for periodical benefits or “ways”, according to which the grantee is obliged to provide a specific benefit to the grantor in order to receive the gift from him.

The grantor reserves the right to revoke the gift, in case the grantee has proven to be ungrateful toward the grantor or to the grantor's spouse or to any other of his close relatives and especially, if he has not fulfilled his obligation to provide support to the grantor. The right to the revocation is extended to the grantor's heirs as well, in case the grantee has intentionally killed the grantor or prohibited him from revoking the gift in Greece. Such revocation is only performed through a statement of the grantor to the grantee. The revocation is excluded in case that the grantor has forgiven the grantee, or if a year has passed since the time that the grantor became aware of the reason for revocation, without proceeding with same. Finally, the revocation of the Greek Parental Gift, is prohibited when the gift has been performed due to legal or moral obligation.


Iliana – Kalliopi Kokotini was born in 1989 in Athens, Greece. She is graduate of the Law School of Democritus University of Thrace, (University of Komotini), Greece. She also hands a Master’s degree (L.M.M.) from the Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini with specialization in Criminal Procedure.

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