About Thomas Bichat

Dr. Thomas Bichat works as a lawyer for employment law and inheritance law for the law firm Schlun & Elseven. In our employment law practice group he advises and represents both employees and employers throughout Germany and worldwide.

Lifetime Gift Tax Exemption in Germany

German law defines applicable lifetime gifts under § 7 ErbStG, and generally, they include: A financial donation without consideration, Compensation for a renunciation of inheritance or a waiver of the compulsory portion, Establishing a foundation with assets through a foundation transaction The transfer of assets and properties, The waiver of loans, Such gifts can [...]

Digital Estate in Germany: Social Media & Bitcoin / Cryptocurrencies | German Inheritance Law

Nowadays, almost every person owns numerous accounts on the internet. Once you have created one on social networks, with an email provider and other cloud services, your data is stored online. With the increasing digitalisation of everyday life, the question of the extent to which a person's digital estate can be inherited is also [...]

Short-Time Working Allowance in Germany: COVID-19 Coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 coronavirus is leading to unprecedented measures worldwide. This not only affects the personal sphere for now more than a billion people in the form of curfews, quarantines and social distancing measures, but companies in particular are also very much affected by the coronavirus crisis. Considerable losses in turnover, the loss [...]

Invalid provisions in Employment Contracts

In case of conflict with the employer, employees generally first have a look into their employment contract. Should they realise that a provision is formulated to their disadvantage, they often give up any further action. However, this is often a mistake. Employment contracts regularly contain provisions that are invalid and therefore not enforceable. [...]