Trust, Wills and Estates

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German Inheritance Law, International Estate Planning


The law firm of Urban Thier & Federer Rechtsanwälte consults clients in all matters of German inheritance law. This includes the set up of wills legally enforceable in Germany, the set up of estate planning involving German and international assets, and also inheritance law related German litigation, i.e. to contest a German will, to demand the mandatory share (Pflichtteil) or to object to decisions of the German probate court (Nachlassgericht).

In close cooperation with our US and UK colleagues, we also provde legal advice related to inheritance structures lcated in these countries, and in particular advice regarding estaet planning for assets of German residents located in the USA or Great Britain.

Often, the tax consequences of having assets in several countries at death provide serious legal issues for the German heirs. This can be avoided by the timely draftuing of wills enforceable in both jurisdictions, and placing the foreign assets in legal structures in the foreign jurisdiction.

UTF routinely represents in particular clients who are United States  or UK residents with inheritance rights in Germany.