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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.
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.
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.
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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