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german inheritance tax

German ProbateGerman Succession & Inheritance LawGerman Tax Law

Careful with Deed of Variation if Estate comprises Foreign Assets

Using a Deed of Variation in the UK may cause additional Taxes Abroad Let's take an easy example: An English testator owns property or a significant investment in Germany, which already triggers German inheritance tax, even if neither the legator nor the beneficiaries are resident in Germany. He has two children and gives the German house (or flat) to child 1, the German investment to child 2. For whatever reasons, the children prefer a different…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
June 1, 2016
German ProbateGerman Succession & Inheritance Law

What does a genuine German Certificate of Inheritance look like?

Beware of internet and email scams informing you about an inheritance you have made. If it sounds too good to be true - it is! Every day, thousands of people receive emails from criminals who attempt to defraud them by using the inheritance scam. As a law firm dealing with international probate matters, we receive at least one enquiry per day whether a notification about an inheritance is real or fake. Sometimes, unfortunately, the clients…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
January 19, 2016