Inheritance, estates and wills

Those who put their estate in order while they are alive spare their loved ones a number of issues in the case of their death and reduce the formalities that survivors will have to deal with at a difficult time of grieving. Here you will find information and contacts at public authorities regarding inheritance, wills and estates.

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Apply for a certificate of inheritance limited to a single person

If you are the sole heir, you often need a certificate of inheritance as proof of your inheritance rights. You can have this limited to the estate in Germany if estate items are located both in Germany and abroad.

Apply for a community minimum inheritance certificate

In the event of an inheritance, you can apply for a joint minimum certificate of inheritance as a co-heir.

Apply for a joint certificate of inheritance

In the event of an inheritance, you can apply for a joint certificate of inheritance as a co-heir.

Apply for a joint certificate of inheritance according to intestate succession

The probate court may also issue a so-called joint certificate of inheritance for several heirs. Each co-heir can apply for a joint certificate of inheritance.

Apply for a joint certificate of inheritance limited in subject matter

The probate court may also issue a so-called joint certificate of inheritance for several heirs. Each co-heir can apply for a joint certificate of inheritance. The scope of this certificate may be restricted if parts of the estate are located abroad.

Apply for a joint certificate of inheritance limited to a specific object

In the case of a joint inheritance, you can apply for a joint certificate of partial inheritance as a co-heir. This can be limited in terms of subject matter if parts of the estate are located abroad.

Apply for a joint certificate of partial inheritance

In the event of an inheritance, you can apply for a joint partial inheritance certificate as a co-heir.

Apply for a single certificate of inheritance based on a will

If you have accepted your inheritance, you often need proof of your inheritance status. If you are the sole heir under a will or inheritance contract, you can apply for a sole heir certificate.

Apply for single certificate of inheritance due to legal succession

If you are the sole heir according to legal succession, you can apply for a sole heir certificate at the probate court to prove your status as heir.

Collection of a joint certificate of inheritance

If it subsequently transpires that the heirs shown on the certificate of inheritance are not the real heirs, the certificate of inheritance may be revoked.

Collection of a sole inheritance certificate

If it subsequently transpires that the heir shown on the certificate of inheritance is not the true heir, the certificate of inheritance will be revoked by the probate court.

Exclude inheritance

If you have become an heir, you must decide whether to accept or disclaim the inheritance. You can declare the disclaimer of the inheritance to the probate court.

Heirs' liability

When an inheritance is accepted, the decedent's liabilities also pass to the heir. Thus, as an heir, you are in principle also liable with your own assets for the debts of the...

Inheritance contract

In addition to drawing up a will, there are also cases in which it is better to conclude a contract of inheritance. You can also determine the transfer of your assets in an...

Issue certificate of inheritance

Here you will find information on how to apply for a certificate of inheritance.

Mediate community of heirs in inheritance settlement

In the event of disputes between heirs, the notary can mediate upon request.

Notarize the disclaimer of the inheritance

If you do not wish to accept an inheritance, you must disclaim it. You can have the disclaimer drawn up and certified by a notary public and submit it to the probate court.

Possession of weapons as a result of inheritance Request permission

If you inherit firearms or ammunition and wish to keep them, you must apply for a firearms permit.

Probate guardianship order

It is not uncommon for someone to die without leaving a will or without relatives who would be known. Under certain circumstances, the probate court appoints a guardian of the estate.

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

A disposition upon death, for example a will, is placed in special official safekeeping at the local court during your lifetime. The custody data is transmitted electronically to the Central Register of Wills by the local court or a notary's office and registered there.

Succession

When someone dies and no testamentary the intestate succession takes place. It is based on general ideas about to whom the assets of deceased persons should justly fall. In...

Withdrawal/return of a disposition of property upon death from special official custody

Here you can withdraw a disposition of property upon death (e.g. a will or an inheritance contract) from special official custody.

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