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German probate from UK

German LawGerman ProbateGerman Succession & Inheritance Law

The Infamous “Community of Heirs” in German Inheritance Law – And How to Avoid it

A German testator can have more than one beneficiaries, but should never appoint more than one "heirs" German Succession Law does not know the concept of a "Personal Representative". Instead, German inheritance law applies the principle of direct accession (more on this here). That is all very nice and efficient if there is only a sole heir. Or if, in case there are several heirs, they are reasonable and on good speaking terms. If, however,…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
July 27, 2016
German ProbateGerman Succession & Inheritance LawGerman Tax Law

Don’t be afraid of Clients with Foreign Assets!

Crash Course for UK Inheritance Lawyers: Will Preparation for International Families and Expats. Obtaining Foreign Probate Solicitors working in the field Wills & Probate, sooner rather than later, are faced with clients who own foreign assets, are married to non-British spouses or are sent abroad as expats by their employers. These international clients, in most circumstances, will rely on their Will to also cover their non-UK assets and to function in foreign jurisdictions, i.e. the…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
October 20, 2015
German ProbateGerman Succession & Inheritance LawGerman Tax Law

How to apply for a German Grant of Probate

First, you need to make the right choice about which German Grant to apply for The German equivalent of a UK Grant of Probate is the Certificate of Inheritance (Erbschein). Less common is its “little brother”, the Certificate of Executorship (Testamentsvollstreckerzeugnis). Both documents are issued by the Nachlassgericht which is the probate department of the respective local District Court (Amtsgericht). Who needs an Erbschein? As we have explained here, German law applies the principle of…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
June 30, 2014