Special official custody of a disposition of property upon death (e.g. will)

Service Description

If you want to ensure that your disposition of property upon death (for example, your will) is found and opened in the event of inheritance, you can place it in special official safekeeping. This also protects your testamentary disposition from forgery or loss.

If your testamentary disposition is notarized by a notary public (notarial deed), this person will arrange for the special official safekeeping.

In the case of privately written (handwritten) wills, you can personally place them in special official custody at the local court.

Notaries and custodian courts register testamentary dispositions electronically in the Central Register of Wills. The Central Register of Wills contains custody details of wills, inheritance contracts and other documents relevant to succession. In the event of death, the competent probate court and the custodian are automatically informed of the death and the registration. Probate courts can also check the register of wills to see whether a disposition of property upon death is in official custody.

Contents of dispositions of death are not shown in the register of wills, but are kept sealed at the district court.

You do not have to take any special action to register in the register of wills. Depositories are required by law to register. However, this does not apply to privately written wills that are not kept in official custody. These cannot be recorded in the Central Register of Wills.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Amtsgericht Erfurt

Rudolfstr. 46
99092 Erfurt

Postal address
Post office box 90 04 33
99107 Erfurt