Name: Babette Smeets
Firm Name: SMEETS Family Lawyers
Jurisdiction: Chile
Practice Area: Family Law

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Professional Biography:

Leaders in Law endorses Babette Smeets as our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Chile. If you wish to get in touch with Babette, please use the contact information provided above.

Babette Smeets studied Law at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, specialising in Private Law, Family Law and Inheritance Law. She received an LL.M degree in International Law – Trade, Investments and Arbitration from the University of Chile in Santiago de Chile and the Ruprecht Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany (2011).

Previously, she worked at the Ministry of Finance in Chile as part of the negotiation team for the conclusion of Chilean treaties for the avoidance of double taxation. She also worked in close cooperation with the OECD on the implementation of its established international standards in Chile.

Her special interest in Private and Family Law, and her awareness of a growing need for support and specialised legal advice in the field of family matters –particularly in a global context– led her to focus on this area of expertise. Her multicultural experience and outlook allow her to understand the particular concerns of people from different cultures. Moreover, Babette’s legal experience is not limited to Family Law, so she has a unique understanding of the wider issues associated to family matters.

Babette Smeets is a recognized leader in international succession Law and unclaimed property law and can assist heirs with the legal inheritance and probate process in Chile.  A deceased could also have left assets in Europe, the United States, or elsewhere. She has helped clients with the recognition of their right to inherit and international claims. She also has helped locate heirs and recover assets classified as unclaimed estates in Europe and the United States. Working in a global team provides her the legal ability to handle international claims and get results in even the most complex circumstances.

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Law
  • Private Law
  • Inheritance Law


  • Studied Law – University of Leiden, The Netherlands
  • LL.M degree in International Law – Trade, Investments and Arbitration from the University of Chile in Santiago de Chile & The Ruprecht Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany (2011).


International Bar Association.

Firm Description:

SMEETS Family Lawyers provides high quality legal advice and services in the field of Chilean and cross-border family issues. We are dedicated to looking after your personal interests.

We provide specialised expertise in Chilean and international family law for:

  • Private clients, who are looking for an analysis of their juridical situation and to help them in case of disputes or even better; to avoid them;
  • Professionals, such as lawyers, who are looking for cross-border support and rely on our international expertise;
  • All clients who need advice and services concerning settlement in Chile.

We provide legal advice on Chilean and cross-border family matters, such as legalising a foreign marriage, prenuptial agreements, divorces, mediation, alimony, registered partnerships, legal issues involving children (child custody and abduction; the Hague Convention), adoption, inheritances, immigration, relocation or settlement in Chile (we can also assist you with the legal process of buying and selling property in Chile), and others.

We provide our advice and services based on your particular circumstances: quickly, efficiently and effectively with absolute discretion and reliability. If necessary and if you desire it, we can consult and work with law and tax firms (or attorneys), including from abroad.