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Inheritance law

The law of succession comprises the rules concerning a person's property after death. When a person dies (inheritance), their assets (inheritance) pass as a whole to one or more other persons (heirs) (Section 1922 (1) of the Civil Code). Inheritance law affects us all. The focal points of inheritance law advice concern wills, asset structuring in relation to death, in relation to company law contexts, in relation to real estate. This also includes inheritance law arrangements, but also inheritance law disputes, execution of wills and estate settlements.

A large part of the inheritance estates contains real estate. We advise private individuals on the structuring of their real estate issues in connection with the law of succession. This includes the timely transfer, in whole or in part, within the framework of constellations, etc., in order to avoid an excessive tax burden tax burden or to take advantage of tax allowances.

Inheritance cases may include:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Last will and testament
  • Inheritance law and asset structuring
  • Succession planning
  • Execution of wills
  • Settlement of estates
  • Inheritance contract
  • Succession
  • Compulsory portion
  • Digital estate
  • Certificate of inheritance
  • Waiver of inheritance

FAQ on inheritance law

How can I draw up my will? Do I have to go to a notary?

No: According to German law, a will can be handwritten, it must be written in one's own hand, namely by hand. Writing on a typewriter or PC is not possible. Of course, a will can also be drawn up by a notary. Then the contents of the will are summarised in a notarial deed.

When does a will make sense?

A will is recommended in any case if the legal succession is not to be observed. According to the legal succession, in the case of married persons, the children inherit in addition to the spouse.

Why is consideration of the compulsory portion so important in inheritance matters?

In contrast to many other international inheritance laws, the right to a compulsory portion in Germany is designed to protect the next of kin, especially children or spouses. They are to receive a minimum share in the estate. The compulsory share always amounts to half of the legal share of the inheritance. All relatives must be taken into account, i.e. also those who are excluded from the legal succession.

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