Disputes between heirs about the distribution of the estate are not uncommon. Often, superficial differences of opinion lead to an inheritance dispute that becomes bogged down, which end can hardly be foreseen. This leads to enormous emotional and financial burdens for those involved, and even family ties get broken. If no amicable solution can be reached, the path to court is ultimately taken.
There are many causes for disputes in the case of inheritance. A community of heirs is created between several co-heirs, which harbours the considerable potential for conflict. If the heirs disagree about the administration of the settlement of the estate, this can lead to protracted litigation. However, external pressure can also arise because the testator may have excluded legal heirs from the succession, who now assert their claim to the compulsory portion (“der Pflichtteil”) against the community of heirs. Frequently, the will is also called into question, for example, due to the presumed testamentary incapacity of the testator or possible formal errors, which in turn can cause disagreements.
In the case of inheritance, diverse and complex questions and problems can arise, whereby an additional challenge is often the high degree of emotionality. Our lawyer for inheritance law, Dr Thomas Bichat, is ready to advise and represent you in inheritance disputes on all legal issues arising with sensitivity and assertiveness.