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About Yazz

  • Birthday 08/10/1965

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    The Netherlands
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    People, esoteric subjects (Reiki, aura, chakra), psychology, languages and food...
  1. Yazz

    Turkish Inheritance Law

    Wow, thanks, I'm impressed by the effort you made to explain it so clearly! I haven't been able to come online for quite some time, I'll be back shortly with another update. Grtz & Peace,Yazz
  2. Yazz

    Turkish Inheritance Law

    UPDATE # 2: Well, I'm back... I was there for a week and did nothing but run from one office to the other, bureaucracy seems to have been re-invented by the Turks. For my mum to be able to access her (shared) bank accounts, we as her children needed to state that we didn't want the part that we are entitled to by law. Because my youngest brother couldn't come with us, we needed a `vekaletname' (Power of Attorney) in order to get things done. We had that vekaletname drawn up at the Turkish Consulate here in The Netherlands. So now at least my mum can access the money that was already hers... Of course we encountered typical little things that slowed everything down. My mum has a `vergi numarasi' (tax number) in Turkey. For one of her accounts at Yapi Kredi they contacted the tax office and discovered that one of her Christian names (she has 4, much to the surprise of Turks) was missing the last letter `a'. For that one missing letter we had to run to the tax office again to have it corrected... Anyway, bank business has finished. Now only the house is left. We're calling our lawyer again today to see if there's anything left for us to do. In December we'll spend 2 weeks in Istanbul again, hopefully we'll be able to get more done than.
  3. I'd wish... ***sigh***I really hope to visit Datca sometime, preferably before it's crowded with tourists. And when I grow up and get rich I'm going to buy myself an old farmhouse there, put a rocking chair on the porch and live happily ever after!
  4. Yazz

    Turkish Inheritance Law

    UPDATE: I just talked to my mum over the phone. Things are really going slow, but at least there's movement. My father's `noter' was very uncooperative, kept insisting on things to be translated. She told my mum that she would have to get her whole passport translated into Turkish and that she knew a good translator. My mum was so upset that she started crying and left. Our lawyer (bless her heart) made some phonecalls and now only one page of the passport needs translating. She also found another noter, who says that he understands my mum's `broken Turkish' perfectly and he is being very helpful. In addition it has yet again been proven that it is really useful to `know' people overthere. My mum and dad had bank accounts together, but Is Bankasi refused to give my mum information. After calling the daughter of ... who knows the m
  5. Since my father was a Muslim, he had to be washed ritually too. Much to my surprise, the Imam did not object to me washing my father. My brother, who's is a Muslim too, said that I couldn't, because I'm a woman and not a Muslim. But the Imam said that that made no difference and that I, as a daughter, had every right to participate in the ritual. I felt really greatful for that special moment, just before the burial. I recognise that feeling, I am always saddened by the injustice in this world too. But still I believe that we, as individuals and together, have got lessons to learn, so that we can teach each other how to make this world a nicer place. But overwhelming? Yeah, absolutely!
  6. I had Sangria (home-made, the real deal) in a bar in Cesme once...but that was 9 years ago or so...
  7. When my father passed away last February, I was sitting next to him on his bed, watching how his breathing was getting slower and slower. I was of course from a selfish point of view not at all ready to give him away yet, but when I noticed that there were so many people from the spirit world gathered in the room to welcome him and that my deceased grandmother was jumping up and down with happiness, I could not but feel so happy for him... I will always be thankful for that beautiful experience!
  8. Hi there name-buddy :)I do hope mine will look as good as the ones in your picture! My brother is bringing his girlfriend from South Africa tomorrow, and now that my dad is gone all the Turkish Cooking is on me... I hope it won't be too much of a disappointment... PS: I'm also making Sis Kebab, Ineg
  9. Very sad topic... Sad because so many authorities fail to protect so many people from abuse! Not just women by men, also men by women, children by parents, citizens by governments...in short: people by people. Shame on the abusers! Shame on authorities who behave as accessories!
  10. My boyfriend did a 20-day-service in Burdur (that's where Turks living outside Turkey get their training). After 3 weeks his voice was gone and he'd lost a lot of weight (looked good on him though ) He was so unfortunate that his officer treated him and his mates as if they were soon to be sent off to war. They we're drilled so hard, that the other soldiers thought they were doing regular service. But most European Turks return from their Burdur service claiming that it was `peanuts' and holiday-like. Some actually have parties going on (check YouTube for Burdur askerlik). This was not the case with my boyfriend. Also, be warned not to boast about your profession when you're there. When the officers found out that his cousin was an award-winning doctor in the USA, they made him clean the toilets every day!
  11. Yazz

    Turkish Inheritance Law

    Hi Saffron Thanx for the added info. I think you're absolutely right about the need of a sworn translator. How ironic, my father used to be a sworn translator here in The Netherlands... Anyway, I think that is definitely a thing we can't do without. Besides, my brother has already hired the attorney in Istanbul. The height of her fee, he explained, includes her percentage of the value of the apartment, that's normal procedure in Turkey they say, so that's fine by us. We just want to get this over with. It's especially hard on my mum, who is obviously still in mourning (we all are, really, but she lost her soulmate). So the more we know in advance, the quicker we can take action where needed. I am told these things take up quite a long time anyway. My Turkish, unfortunately, is not by far good enough to handle all this on my own. But, I can't complain, at least I can understand most of it and I can order food when I'm there. The ultimate proof that I'm more of a Turk than most people think. After all...it's all about the food! Anyway, thanx again, nice meeting you here! Grtz & Peace,Yazz
  12. Yazz

    Turkish Inheritance Law

    Merhaba Sabahattin,Thanx for your quick reply! I think your information is very helpful. My eldest brother is in Turkey at the moment and my mum and I will join him next week. My brother has gone to a lawyer for advice and she claims that she needs to help us and that it will cost us 5400 YTL (that would be only her fee, succession tax etc. excluded), which I think is an absurd amount of money. I was, like you said, under the impression that we could do all this by ourselves. My Turkish isn't too good, but if I can convince the `noter' and others to explain it to me as if I were a 5-year-old, I should manage, shouldn't I? By the way: in order to get a determination from Turkish Court, should we go to the `noter' first? Tesekkurler on behalf of my mum as well! Grtz & Peace,Yazz
  13. Hi everyone! I'm looking for people who have knowledge on Turkish Inheritance Law. My situation is the following: My father (who was Turkish and living in The Netherlands) has recently passed away. He was at that time still happily married to my mother, who is Dutch. My father bought an apartment in Istanbul a couple of years ago. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he decided to have a Last Will drawn up. He did so in Istanbul with a Turkish notary ("noter") in the presence of his two closest friends as wittnesses. His will states that he wants to leave the apartment to my mother. We (three children, all adults and living in The Netherlands too) have no objection whatsoever to his decision. My father also had a couple of bank accounts in Turkey, one of which is a shared account with my mum. There's no mention of the accounts in his will. My brothers and I agree that my mum should inherit whatever money there's left on the accounts. We desire no part of it. Our parents have both worked hard to be able to take good care of us, and now that only my mum is left, the last thing we want is for her to worry about finances. There isn't a whole lot of money on any of the Turkish accounts, so we can't afford too many lawyer fees. Does anyone here have any knowledge about situations like these? I'd really be grateful for any useful information. The thing is, the more knowledge we as a family have in advance, the lesser the chance that they'll deceive us. Grtz & Peace! Yazz
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