In Germany, the volume of inheritance is increasing steadily. As the extent of an inheritance increases, so does the frequency of disputes amongst the heirs.
We have been advising our clients for years regarding questions of inheritance law and assist them in finding successful solutions.
Betimes inheritance, we advise our clients of the correct structure of a testament whether they live as married or unmarried couples or in case they are entrepreneurs. Together with our clients we establish which aims are important to them when drawing up a testament and help them to find the correct legal structure.
Often a testament may be structured during the testator’s lifetime together with the heirs in order to transfer the assets to the next generation in a tax efficient manner.
There are numerous ways to do this. We support you in the appropriate choice, for instance when drawing up individual or joint testaments of spouses, estate planning, safeguarding of family members through testamentary dispositions, tax-compliant asset transfer during the testators‘ life and dispositions by will; the drawing up of contracts of inheritance and renunciation agreements to a portion of the inheritance and the legal share; legacy solutions and structuring of testaments for patchwork families.
If these matters result in court proceedings, we will use our years of experience to successfully act on behalf of our clients in litigation. This includes the assertion or rejection of claims to the legal share or supplementary claims to the legal share, the contesting of a testament in cases of testamentary incapacity and errors as well as distribution and partition of an estate.
In an increasingly global world, international inheritance law connections are no longer the exception. The European Union Succession Regulation now takes care of the international competencies, the applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in Europe. We check which legal structuring options the international law offers to our clients.