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Inheritance Law (Successions)


It is not only the media proclaiming demographic change as the buzzword of today. The shift in age structure causes substantial assets to be redistributed in Germany year after year. This, in turn, may result in considerable conflicts between successors or third parties entitled to the inheritance. Not having considered the essentials of making a will, which eventually leads to the will being invalid, the testator often brings about longstanding disputes that he wanted to avoid. Only an expert can fully handle the legal difficulties that come up when a will is to be drafted or you want to start planning your estate.

Basic German regulations on inheritance law have, by and large, luckily been left unchanged over the last years. This creates legal certainty for future estate planning and allows people in charge to determine who is to receive what long before succession occurs. However, in order to set up a binding will, it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of inheritance law. Due to the complexity of this legal area, there is hardly any layperson being aware of its pitfalls.


As an expert in inheritance law and successions I will assist you in any issues dealing with the topic. These include the following:


-advice on making your will and planning your estate

-providing a draft will in accordance with your wishes

-advice on drafting an agreement as to succession

-providing support for obtaining a certificate of inheritance at German courts

-providing support for claiming your part of the inheritance

-offering representation for a community of heirs or single heirs

-claiming rights of the community of heirs against third parties.


This list is by no means final. German inheritance law is widely ramified and consists of numerous issues. Hence, if you need clearing up regarding questions on succession, please do get in touch.

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© Photo: Vince42 (Writing - under CC BY-ND 2.0)

 Cross-border Inheritance Law


If there is more than one country involved in assessing a case on inheritance law, the entire situation has to be seen from a completely different angle. The reason for that is the diversity of legal inheritance systems across the globe. Collisions are many, depending on the testator's nationality and her specific will. If the deceased, whose estate is to be distributed, owned a holiday flat and a yacht in southern France, a piece of land in Wales, and a bank account in Switzerland, we are right in the middle of the difficulties that touch international successions.


For successions occurring after 17 August 2015, the new European Union Succession Regulation intends to harmonize inheritance rules across 24 member states (except for Denmark, the UK, and Ireland) and wants to facilitate conflicts regarding the applicable law. Only time and legal practice will tell if this aspiration can be as easily implemented as it sounds. If you decide to have my law practice handle your cross-border succession case, you will be certain that a specialist is dealing with it. Moreover, my foreign language skills in French and Spanish will ensure I can make other countries' inheritance systems available for the solution of your legal issue.