Property Inheritance in Germany

German Inheritance Lawyers

Property Inheritance in Germany

German Inheritance Lawyers

Property inheritance in Germany is not straightforward. On its face, inheriting a property sounds promising; however, if that property costs more to run than it brings in, it can involve an amount of risk. There can be further complications around ownership, such as: are you the sole owner or other owners? Was the property left to you in full or only partially? Such issues can lead to conflicts and even legal disputes.

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte provides comprehensive assistance to our clients in all matters of property inheritance in Germany. If you require legal support, please do not hesitate to contact our firm directly.

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Property Inheritance in Germany: Without a Will

Under German law, it is not necessary to draw up a will. Wills give the testator more control over how their property and assets are divided following their passing, but there is no requirement for this to be done. However, should they not draw up a will, the statutory succession will occur (which may be deemed suitable). Under statutory succession, the testator’s closest relatives will find themselves in line for inheritance. In this case, spouses and children will be at the forefront, with parents coming into the picture should they not have children to pass on their assets.

Should there be children and partners/spouses in the picture, the property (or properties) the testator personally owns may go into a