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  2. Have you thought about the possibility of a prenuptial agreement? An option would be to gift your children some money whilst you are still alive, in lieu of inheritance, and then get married.
  3. Hi I am new to this column, but the reason I am here is because I need some perspective on my Turkish woman/girlfriend and how we can come to an agreement about our relationship, and where it is going. Background: Met her 3 years ago online. Since then, have come to meet many Turkish friends, all with stellar opinions of her. Came from higher society, etc but paid for it with extremely abusive husband. Suffered for 2 sons/30 years, and once they were ensconced in US, she left husband with the clothes on her back and a 1 way ticket to US when she was 55. She wanted nothing from him.She rebuffed all suitors for 10 years until me. I am now 65, she is 67. Not a big money guy, just average, etc. have dated her exclusively (why not? She is unbelievable!). Too many superlatives to list for her here, seriously. We have met each other's offspring here, etc, so no hiding of anything. She was outstanding in taking care of me with 2 hip replacements, and I mean unfailing in her efforts a year ago. After 2 failed marriages, she is "the one" for me (feelings are mutual, also) I have told her I want to grow old together, be together, and she wants this too..... But here's the rub: I have been advised by close friends, my financial advisers, and lawyers that I have dealt with to NOT get married at this stage of my life. I have a personal trust set up, etc and 2 children to whom I will pass on financial security to. She knows this, and she knows that I (if I died), there would be provisions for her to live in the house until she could not/did not want to, and some money for her. But...the voices of reason says don't get married and open a potential can of worms. Living together is fine, but I would expose my heirs to all sorts of potential legal battles, etc if it hits the fan down the road with us if we were married....one never knows. And at this point in life do I need this sword over my head? Why is it so difficult for her to understand and be comfortable with the idea of living together until "death do us part"? She was an abused wife in the day, but I have treated her so well, and we have had all our feelings for each other out on the table. I understand the concept of a "cheap woman" just living with someone, but to me it is irrelevant, because we clearly want to be together, but culturally, she doesn't want to budge. It is simply not logical for me to really marry anyone at this point, as I am on my "glide slope" to the End and as I have seen, a marriage certificate guarantees nothing. I have been unfailingly open and honest with her about everything, but it seems not to matter at the bottom line. She is a very secular Muslim, so many of the usual attitudes that people think of really don't factor in here. She has been back to Turkey recently, and the "aunties" have their opinions, and one said it is more important to be happy, etc, as said one of her favorite cousins. So, there is some acceptance for the relationship as it is. If we get through this rough patch, I will meet the older ones next year in Turkey. Love the country and people, can't wait to go. I need suggestions for success here, if any. I am at a loss for what to do.
  4. Hi, I absolutely love the look of the clothes on DeFacto’s website and would like to place an order with them, the only issue is they only delivery within Turkey and I live in the UK. Do you have any ideas or suggestions as to a courier company in Turkey or person who would be willing to have my DeFacto order initially delivered to them and they then forward it on to me in England? I will pay for any import and forwarding costs. Thanks, Laura
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  6. Is your father in Turkey now or the USA? If he is in Turkey and you come to Turkey I think you should be able to get a Turkish birth certificate through the Nufus mudurlugu.
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  8. Hey Ken and ibrahim, the problem is this: So, my birth certificate does have my father's and mother's name on it, and I have my father's last name, but since both were never married the embassy wants both of my parents present at the embassy right there, so that my mother can allow my father to do all of this. Which of course makes no sense cause I am over the age of 18 and shouldn't be needing permission from a parent. (My mother isn't able to get a US visa right now) So rather than dealing with the embassy I'm guessing doing it in Turkey would be much easier or so I'm told by my family over there.
  9. Is your father written on your birth certificate?
  10. It is the Turkish embassy or consulate where you would apply for citizenship, or if in Turkey, the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (also called the Nüfus). The Turkish embassy or consulate would work with the Nüfus regarding your citizenship. If you have one Turkish parent, the Turkish government considers you to be a Turkish citizen, so it is just a matter of proving that you have a Turkish parent. Are you saying that you have no birth certificate?
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  12. Hey all, I'm 23 years old and a US Citizen, my father is a Turkish citizen and my mother is a foreigner. Both of them never got married and my birth was never registered in Turkey. My family in Turkey says that getting Turkish citizenship in Turkey is much easier since the embassy is giving me a hard time. Anyone know the process I would have to follow? I'm guessing I would have to register my birth? Thanks all!
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  14. Law of succession is a law area which regulates the terms and conditions after the person dies. Turkish inheritance law, as all other modern law systems, is the body of rules applied to determine who will inherit the assets of the deceased and how the assets will be distributed. The totality of the property belonging to a person is called their assets. Under Turkish inheritance law, upon the death of a person, his/her entire assets passes to the heirs. The only question how this is effected- by operation of law or by the will of the deceased? Turkish inheritance law recognizes two types of heir; statutory heir and the appointed heir. Statutory heirs and their respective inheritance rights are expressly derived from the Turkish Civil Code, i.e. by statute. Accordingly, the heirs who are first in line are deemed to be the descendants of the deceased person. If the deceased person left no descendants, the Civil Code set out that the parents, as the second-in-line heirs, will inherit the asset. Moreover, the Code recognizes full equality between male and female statutory heirs, unlike most of other Middle Eastern countries. The inheritance rights of descendants will devolve onto their own descendants if any of the former is no longer alive when the inheritance takes effect. Appointed heirs (successors) are those heirs expressly and specificly designated by the deceased in a will (testament). The Civil Code, which governs the Turkish inheritance law, recognizes that all persons having the requisite capacity, exercising sound judgment and who have completed their fifteenth year could be the beneficiary of the inheritance. The person would be entitled to write a will and determine the name of the heirs and the method of the distribution during his/her lifetime. Does Turkish Inheritance Law recognize “will” ? Under some some jurisdictions, testamentary (will) capacity is absolute, for instance, in the United States there are very few limitations on how much of the assets can be distributed by a will, and how this can be done. For example, it is not uncommon for people to leave their assets to a favourite pet. However, Turkish inheritance law imposes certain restrictions on freedom of will. The rights of statutory heirs are protected by the applicable law to the extent of statutory heir’s reserved shares. For instance, according to the Code, descendants are entitled to half of the deceased’s assets and that cannot be disinherited of this share by any act of the deceased (inc. will). This is known as the reserved share of the statutory heir. As a result of that, the will freedom is limited by law to only half of his/her assets (Turkish Civil Code Art. 506) Another important concept of the law of succession is the inheritance agreement. This is an agreement whereby a person promises to leave upon his/her death, the entire asset, or a specific part of it (for e.g, a house), to the other party. Such an agreement could be concluded, for instance, between a person and his long-time servant. Turkish law recognizes such agreements, which can therefore be enforced if not otherwise invalid. In any case, reserved shares of the descendants are to be kept safe. For any specific Turkish inheritance law questions/queries, E&G law firm lawyers would be happy to assist you.
  15. Yes I did. it was on the 11th. of June, that is why I was concerned, because it was for me not like a real interview, but a meeting to check all the required docs are there. Now with your help I understand the situation better, thanks Ken. By the way, do you have any idea why the line 157 does not work? I can not come through , an automatic answering machine say something in Turkish which I did not understand.
  16. Just to let you know... the number is 199, not 119.
  17. They are very busy. Imagine doing their job all day long, all week. I am sure it gets pretty routine. The interviews aren't to screen you out. In fact Turkey is pretty generous in giving people residence permits as long as they meet the requirements, and the requirements are quite reasonable. Even if you are missing a document, like in your case, they give you time to get it. Did you actually have your interview yet?
  18. Thanks Ken, Your answer is relaxing me, as my knowledge about any interview should be prepared from both parties. (it is seems not a real interview but it is checking, if all the required docs are there) So if this is the way to make the interview here, I will not worry about my application, because for me the officer looked like she is very experienced and very busy as well. let us hope alle thinks will go as planned.
  19. Thanks. That’s what I have done so far EXCEPT calling 119 while at the Nufus . Will try that the next time . Again thanks
  20. The Nüfus is where you would have that change made. They have a help line at 199. The help line also offers English if you need it. I once had an issue with someone at the Nüfus because they were telling me something I knew wasn't correct. I later called the help line and verified that the information I was given was wrong. I never actually went back to the Nüfus to straighten that out, however, you might try that, and even call the help line while you are talking to an actual person at the Nüfus. Then hand your mobile phone to the person if you are getting conflicting information. Sometimes government officials will just give you an answer off the top of their head. A suggestion: If the person on the help line tells you that the Nüfus can do it and what you need to do, ask for their name. That way, when you are at the Nüfus office and you have to call the help line again, and the person you are now talking to on your mobile phone doesn't know or is giving you a bogus answer, ask to speak to the person you spoke to previously, by name. Then get them to talk to the person sitting at the desk at the Nüfus office.
  21. Did exactly that but they weren’t able to help . Thanks anyway
  22. The dotted "i" in Turkish keeps its dot when capitalized, whereas the undotted capital "I" has no dot when small. They are pronounced differently. If you want to change it, try asking at the Nüfus Daire (Registry of Births) if you can have the spelling amended.
  23. Hello, I recently acquired Turkish citizenship ; and they have misspelled ( spelled my first name with a capital “ İ “ with a dot ) when it’s a “ I “ without a dot . Is there a way to correct it ? Any advice will be much appreciated. Thanks
  24. You're asking if it is normal for the immigration specialist to interview a foreigner without first reading the application package? At my last appointment I sat down as the immigration specialist was finishing another interview. Then I just gave him the documentation as he asked for it and answered his questions. I would think that, for whether it is a renewal or not, they would just look at the printed copy of the application. I don't think he asked me if it was a first-time application or a renewal. I would assume a lot of them don't read the application before the interview, and I am sure they can be pretty busy, especially in Istanbul. And besides, they have time during the interview to go over everything with the foreigner. It isn't like a job interview where they would read over everybody's CV before they meet them.
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  26. Thank you IbrahimAbi, I know what Nummertash is, I just mentioned it for other property owners to be prepared for their meeting with DGMM, but my concern was about my meeting at DGMM in Kadiykoy if it was normal or not, I am writing it again: Yesterday I had my meeting in DGMM kadikoy, I went to the meeting and expected that I am going to a certain appointment which it had been sent to me from DGMM. When I arrived and asked where the meeting should be, the police women at the door told me to stand in a long line and wait to my turn, when my turn came, the DGMM officer asked me if it is renewal application? No it is my first time application. It is look like she did not pre read the application. I am wondering if this is the normal way to have a meeting at the DGMM?
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