Stefan De Plus

Wealth and Succession Planning Counsel

Stefan De Plus specializes in the (family) wealth and succession planning of private individuals and entrepreneurs. After a career in the legal profession and with the 'Big Four', he chose to rejoin de Balie and strengthen Van Steenbrugge Advocaten.

During his law studies at the University of Ghent, Stefan De Plus already chose for estate and inheritance planning. He completed his education with an additional Master's degree in Notary Law and a postgraduate degree in Estate Planning at the University of Brussels.

Stefan De Plus started as a lawyer at the Dendermonde Bar in 2011, only to exchange it for the Brussels Bar a year later. In 2016, he exchanged the legal profession for a management position at one of the so-called 'Big Four', in order to share and further expand his knowledge and experience of estate and inheritance planning. At the request of a private bank, he assisted its staff and clients for several months in 2019 with regard to their questions concerning estate and inheritance planning.

Stefan De Plus assists individuals and entrepreneurs with their (cross-border) estate and inheritance planning, including in the area of inheritance law, matrimonial property law and both gift and inheritance tax. He also assists individuals in family law and property law disputes relating to inheritance.

In addition, he has specific expertise in the transfer of family companies to the next generation, and the legal obligation concerning the UBO register.

He also regularly publishes articles on estate and inheritance planning and the UBO register.

Degrees and qualifications

Master's in Law, Ghent University, 2011
Master's in Notarial Law, Ghent University, 2012
Postgraduate degree in Estate Planning, Universiteit Brussel, 2013


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Internship at the Court of First Instance Ghent, 2010
Registered at the Dendermonde Bar 2011-2012
Registered at the Brussels Bar 2012-2016


Wealth and Succession Planning
The UBO register
Company law

Legal Contributions

2013 – Waardering beursgenoteerde effecten in nalatenschap (Nieuw Notarieel Kwartaaltijdschrift)
2016 – Schenking Belgisch onroerend goed anno 2016
2016 – Schenking onder last van lijfrente en met behoud van controle via een burgerlijke maatschap
door VLABEL onder de loep genomen – storm in een glas water ? (Accountancy & Fiscaliteit)
2017 – Eerste rulings over de kaaimantaks zijn gepubliceerd (Accountancy & Fiscaliteit)
2017 – Het nieuwe Belgische erfrecht (Accountancy & Fiscaliteit)
2017 – De Belgische private stichting: een volwaardig alternatief voor uw vermogensplanning (Accountancy & Fiscaliteit)
2018 – De burgerlijke maatschap in een wijzigend wetgevend landschap (Accountancy & Fiscaliteit)
2018 – De implementatie van het UBO-register (Accountancy & Fiscaliteit)
2018 – De implementatie van het UBO-register (VZW Actueel)
2018 – Update over het UBO-register: deadline eerste registratie uitgesteld naar 31 maart 2018! (Accountancy & Fiscaliteit)
2018 – Update over het UBO-register: deadline eerste registratie uitgesteld naar 31 maart 2018! (VZWActueel)
2019 – Een (i)vzw in het UBO-register: een praktische stand van zaken (VZW Actueel)
2019 – Mijn vennootschap in het UBO-register: een praktische stand van zaken (Accountancy & Fiscaliteit)
2019 – Een bijkomend uitstel voor het UBO-register (VZW Actueel)
2019 – Een bijkomend uitstel voor het UBO-register (Accountancy & Fiscaliteit)
2019 – Nieuwe FAQ omtrent UBO-register gepubliceerd (VZW Actueel)
2019 – Nieuwe FAQ omtrent UBO-register: uitzondering voor beursgenoteerde vennootschappen. Of toch niet altijd ? (Accountancy & Fiscaliteit)
2020 – UBO-register: einde van gedoogbeleid (VZW Actueel)
2021 - Don't forget to add your mandatory supporting documents in the UBO register! (NPO News)
2021 - The Belgian foundation in a modified legal framework: a brief overview (Accuntancy & Taxation)
2021 - The Belgian foundation is gaining popularity: what should you know? (VZW News)
2021 - The legal obligation concerning the UBO register: a last state of affairs (VZW Actueel)

Opinion & blog

Coalition agreement confirms: donations for foreign notaries will have to be registered
Wealth and succession planning: from now on we can help you
Discover the possibilities of a private foundation
Handing over your family business to the next generation in a tax-efficient manner.
Don't forget your obligations under the UBO register!
Do not forget to upload your supporting documents in the UBO register before 1 September 
The presumption of community of property in the Belgian matrimonial property regime: watch out for civil and tax pitfalls


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