Certificate of Inheritance in Germany (der Erbschein)

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Certificate of Inheritance in Germany (der Erbschein)

German Inheritance Lawyers

The certificate of inheritance in Germany (der Erbschein) clarifies who the deceased person’s legal heir (or heirs) is. When a loved one passes, it is a difficult time for everyone involved. Working through the bureaucracy at a time of emotional difficulty is challenging for all of us. Many issues need to be resolved when administering the deceased’s estate from a legal perspective. The certificate of inheritance (der Erbschein) is one such legal document, and it is used to demonstrate to banks and other bodies that a person is the heir of the testator.

At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our inheritance lawyers advise on all matters relating to the certificate of inheritance. Please, do not hesitate to contact our team directly to benefit from our legal services.

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Legal assistance for heirs
  • Advice on the risks of inheritance

  • Application for the certificate of inheritance at the responsible probate court

  • Legal support in inheritance disputes

  • Preparation of an inheritance index

  • Representation in conflict situations | Litigation | Out-of-court settlement | Arbitration | Inheritance settlement action

  • Contesting the will

What is the Certificate of Inheritance in Germany (“der Erbschein”)?

As stated above, the certificate of inheritance (“der Erbschein”) is a document that identifies heirs when they approach insurance companies, banks, tenants/landlords, business partners and other bodies. It provides clear identification of the heirs. It is vital in cases where the testator has not left a notarized will or contract of inheritance. The law for the certificate of inheritance can be found between