Der Pflichtteil / The Compulsory Share of Inheritance in Germany

German Inheritance Lawyers

Der Pflichtteil / The Compulsory Share of Inheritance in Germany

German Inheritance Lawyers

Even though the German Basic Law (Art. 14 para. 1 GG) generally guarantees everyone the right to draw up a will freely, the testator is obliged under German inheritance law to take certain family members into account in their last will and to give them a “compulsory share”. However, if the heir is unworthy of inheritance, the testator can be released from the compulsory share. In turn, the heirs are free to refuse to accept the inheritance.

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte offers competent and committed legal advice to provide the necessary clarity. Whether drafting a legally compliant and tax-optimised will, calculating the compulsory portion, forming a community of heirs, or securing your business through succession planning – as a full-service law firm, we ensure that your rights and interests are protected.

Our German inheritance lawyers will advise you on all inheritance-related issues and will support you in existing legal disputes with the necessary empathy.

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Legal Assistance for Beneficiaries of a Compulsory Share
  • Advice on your rights and obligations as a beneficiary of a compulsory share
  • Interpretation of the will
  • Clarification of statutory succession | Determination of the compulsory share
  • Legal support in asserting the right to a compulsory share
  • Representation in and out of court
  • Contestation of wills
  • Action for compulsory share

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