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german inheritance tax

German ProbateGerman Succession & Inheritance LawGerman Tax LawInternational ProbateProperty in GermanyWills and Succession Planning

How to mitigate German inheritance tax

Checklist for UK testators who own assets in Germany If someone who is domiciled in England, Wales or Scotland owns assets in Germany, they need to be aware of the fact that the German tax authorities (Finanzamt) may levy tax on these German assets or - in the worst case scenario - on the testator's entire global estate (in additon to HMRC taxing that same estate as well). Summary of German inheritance tax rules for…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
November 3, 2023
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