About Arturo Grasso

I have a passion for helping people and from an early age wanted to become an attorney. My experience in international business has helped to prepare me for working with people of all kinds and on many different levels. I love being a problem solver and look forward to each new challenge. I respect the law and strive to help my clients achieve the justice that our legal system affords each person. I take great pride in helping people do what is right and just. I founded My Lawyer in Italy and put together a group of high quality specialists and associates to serve the legal needs of our community here and abroad. I want to do the very best for my clients and see that as my first priority.
  • cross-border successions

A mock case to explain the complexity of cross-border successions between Italy and the United States.

2020-04-27T13:13:37+00:00April 20th, 2020|Blog, inheritance|

The complexity of the legal issues that arise when deciding which judge has jurisdiction and which law is applicable in a cross-border succession case can best be understood through an example. For our mock case, let us imagine a California-based married couple in which the husband is an American citizen and the wife an [...]

  • Italian citizenship law to change?

Italian citizenship law to change?

2020-02-09T19:42:09+00:00February 9th, 2020|Dual Citizenship|

Italian citizenship law to change? As the Prima Commissione del Parlamento continues to debate the modification of Italian citizenship laws (see our post "Pathway to Italian Citizenship" of October 2019), two more laws have been lined up for examination by the commission (no. 2212 and 2216 of 2019). The second one (Orsini, Democratic Party) mainly [...]

  • Court of Rome

A New Approach to 1948 Cases by the Court of Rome

2020-02-26T22:52:31+00:00November 19th, 2019|Blog, Dual Citizenship|

A New Approach to bloodline citizenship by the Court of Rome. Even before the summer of 2019, it had been rumored that the Court of Rome would change its approach to cases where citizenship was transmitted by the mother pre-1948, in which the so-called "1948 Rule" applies.  Recently, an ordinance was published which makes [...]

  • Adverse possession in the Italian law

Adverse Possession in the Italian Law and Jurisprudence

2020-06-01T10:12:19+00:00October 28th, 2019|inheritance, real estate|

A case involving adverse possession, or usucapion ("usucapione" in Italian law) recently played out when three plaintiffs took the heirs of another party to court over the question of sole ownership of a fund and a small villa. The plaintiffs claimed sole ownership was theirs due to the defendants inheriting an estate acquired through adverse [...]

  • Giuseppe Brescia Italian citizenship law change

Pathway to Italian Citizenship

2020-02-09T19:38:56+00:00October 24th, 2019|Dual Citizenship|

Pathway to Italian Citizenship: Debating the 1992 Law.  The Italian Parliament is continuing to debate a 1992 law that, if modified, could open a new pathway to citizenship. Representatives who favor this pathway are seeking to change the law to suit current social needs. Keen observers of Italian politics will recall the last change [...]

  • real estate attorneys

The Purchase of Italian Real Estate by an American Citizen

2019-12-15T11:27:53+00:00October 3rd, 2019|real estate|

Purchase of Italian Real Estate by an American Citizen. People without Italian citizenship are allowed to buy property in Italy, though their ability to do so varies according to citizenship status. European citizens and non-European citizens residing in Italy can freely purchase Italian property, while non-EU non-Italian residents are subject to "the principle of reciprocity": [...]

  • Usucapione and voidable sale contract

Adverse possession and voidable sale contract

2020-06-04T09:03:20+00:00September 25th, 2019|Judicial, Real Property|

A recent ordinance put forth by the Italian Court of Cassation seeks to clarify aspects of adverse possession. Adverse possession (otherwise known as "squatter's rights") is a legal principle under which an individual who does not have a legal title to a piece of property can attain lawful ownership based on continuous possession or [...]

  • Italian dual citizenship benefits

Italian Dual Citizenship Benefits

2019-12-15T12:55:42+00:00September 5th, 2019|Blog, Dual Citizenship|

Italian Dual Citizenship brings with it a variety of benefits, which include access to healthcare, education, and social security. Enrollment in these programs requires establishing residency in Italy (moving your residency back to the US would result in loss of benefits). The most immediate and arguably essential benefit Italian citizenship provides is that of [...]

  • Court of Cassation

Italy’s Supreme Court vs. US Supreme Court

2019-10-27T13:02:53+00:00August 3rd, 2019|Blog, Judicial|

Italy's Court of Cassation and the Supreme Court of the United States: How do these highest courts in the land match up? On the most fundamental level, the differences that exist between the highest courts of Italy and the United States reflect their respective legal systems; Italy based on a civil law system and the [...]

  • Justice in Italy

Precendents in the Italian Justicial System

2019-12-15T13:05:08+00:00February 4th, 2019|Blog, Judicial|

When considering the substantial differences that exist between the "case law" of a common law court decision or the "precedent" of an Italian court, it is instructive to examine how the differing courts function. A common law court relies on existing precedents for decisions, but may alter or diverge from precedents which are outdated [...]

Italian Public Notary vs. US Notary

2019-12-15T15:39:41+00:00January 4th, 2019|Blog|

An Italian public notary, or notaio, is a public officer who operates in every area of law and is empowered by the Italian State to draft or authenticate documents, agreements or contracts. Unlike a lawyer representing the interests of a client, a notary places neutrality and fidelity to the law above all. As officers [...]

The Salvini Decree is law

2019-09-28T15:28:19+00:00November 27th, 2018|Dual Citizenship, News|

On November 27, 2018 the Chamber of Deputies approved the Salvini Decree. 396 members were favourable, 99 contrary. The conversion law no. 132/2018 came into force Dec 4, 2018. The Salvini Decree brought several changes in the Italian citizenship law n. 91 of 1992, as: to acquire citizenship through marriage or residence in Italy [...]

The Salvini Decree update

2019-12-15T13:22:20+00:00November 10th, 2018|Dual Citizenship, News|

The Salvini Decree has the go-ahead from the Senate (one of the two houses of the Italian Parliament).  The Senate voted for converting the decree into law on November 7, 2018. However, some changes were made to the initial text of the decree. Here are the changes: (new) To acquire citizenship through marriage or residence in [...]

The Salvini Decree on immigration and Italian citizenship

2019-12-15T13:22:15+00:00October 5th, 2018|Dual Citizenship, News|

A recent decree which became effective October 5, 2018 has brought some substantial changes to the Italian citizenship law.  Known as the Salvini Decree it provides these changes: Proceedings for granting citizenship (a) by marriage or (b) by residence in Italy may now last 48 months (previously 24 months) Proceedings for citizenship iure sanguinis involving events prior to 1948 [...]

  • Judges of Italy's Constitutional Court

Italy’s Constitutional Court

2019-12-15T13:07:08+00:00April 27th, 2018|Blog, Judicial|

The Constitutional Court of the Italian Republic, or Consulta, is Italy's highest court regarding matters of constitutional law. In keeping with the framers' notion of a "rigid" constitution and a centralized system, the court was designed as an ad hoc organ for constitutional justice separate from the judiciary. The court resolves controversies on the [...]