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German Probate

How to Renounce the Role as Executor in Germany

If someone who owns assets in Germany dies, these foreign assets will only be released if a German (!) Grant of Probate can be presented. Since the UK has opted out of the EU Succession Regulation, an English Grant of Probate (or Scottish Confirmation) is worthless abroad, just as British financial institutions do not accept non-UK Grants. Thus, in principle, a national Grant of Probate must be obtained in each and every jurisdiction, where the…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
June 23, 2016