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family relations terminology Germany

German ProbateGerman Succession & Inheritance Law

What is called a Cousin in English may be called a Nephew in German

"False Friends" in Anglo-German Kinship Terminology This sometimes creates confusion in British-German inheritance cases. Especially when there exists a German Certificate of Inheritance which lists nieces or nephews as beneficiaries. Because these persons would (in most cases) be called cousins in English, which can lead to queries by the English probate commissioner, because he / she will assume that the probate application has been filled out incorrectly. So, to avoid confusion, one should explain to…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
February 6, 2015