Inheritance Matters


Inheritance Matters

Application for a certificate of inheritance ('Erbschein') or a certificate of executorship ('Testamentsvollstreckerzeugnis')

Certificate of inheritance ('Erbschein') and certificate of executorship ('Testaments-vollstreckerzeugnis')

The German equivalent of a Grant of Probate is a certificate of inheritance or of executorship issued by a German court. In many inheritance cases it is required in order to access estate situated in Germany.

Renouncing an inheritance in Germany

Renouncing an inheritance in Germany

According to German law an heir can declare the renouncement of succession to the competent German Probate Court within six weeks - if the heirs are outside of Germany within six months - after receiving knowledge about the inheritance.

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