Originally Posted by SloopJonB
Absolutely right. My sister lived in Italy, married there and raised her family. The Italian bureaucracy and legal system is incredibly inefficient and corrupt. Dealing with something like your situation would be nearly impossible without some "bustarella" in the right places.
My brother in law has been trying to sell his restaurant for literally YEARS but there is ALWAYS some bureaucratic complication (read no correctly distributed bustarella) that prevents it.
I think that this post is a bit of a general overstatement. The Italian legal system is no different than anywhere else in the world but you need to get accustomed to the Italian way of doing things! ;-)
where is your brother selling the restaurant?