Inheritance law is a special area of law. Inheritance law is about responsibility for family members, employees and assets, it is about the past and the future, and above all it is about people - families.
In this area of conflict between financial interests and personal concerns, we support you as qualified and experienced lawyers, understanding advisors and assertive advocates. We are there for you when it comes to drafting testamentary dispositions and partnership agreements, administering estates and realising claims.
With two lawyers specialising in inheritance law, two lawyers specialising in tax law and four notaries, we are at your disposal as a competent partner for all questions relating to inheritance law.
Our clients particularly appreciate our speedy communication, the trusting cooperation, our view of the family situation, our clear evaluation of the legal and economic situation and our consistent action.
The business, the farm, the real estate, the other assets and the testamentary disposition are those things that remain from the deceased in addition to memories. With our help, create regulations that avoid disputes and personal injuries to the surviving dependents and ensure the continuation of the business or farm. With our support, formulate your last will and testament legally in a way that after your passing there is no doubt about what you really wanted.
You have observed that real estate prices are rising and are concerned about whether your heirs will be able to hold on to your property/properties at all after your death or will have to sell the property/properties to pay the inheritance tax?
Are you thinking about transferring assets to other persons/family members during your lifetime in order to take advantage of tax allowances?
We will be happy to assist you in the drafting of a transfer agreement either as lawyers in an advisory function or as notaries in an executive function.
Are you self-employed, a merchant, a partner in a partnership or a corporation and wondering what the consequences of your death would be for the company and your heirs? Do you want to actively shape your succession in the company, appoint a successor or define the criteria for selecting a successor?
You are the owner of a farm within the meaning of the farm regulation and plan to hand over the farm to an heir during your lifetime? At the same time, you want to settle the compensation of the heirs?
You have assets abroad or would like to establish a residence abroad and wonder whether this circumstance changes anything in your intended succession arrangement?
Do you have assets over whose preservation and use you would like to have an influence even after your death?
Would you like to discuss the succession of your assets with other family members and make binding arrangements for your estate while you are still alive?
We accompany and moderate discussions within your family and draft an inheritance contract for you as notaries.
Are you divorced, remarried and/or living in a patchwork family?
Would you like to make provisions for the scenario that you are no longer able to make decisions by yourself for health reasons?
We can support you - also as notaries - in drawing up a health care proxy and a living will.
A family member or friend has died and the estate falls to you. You are wondering what to do and what to consider.
You have a bereavement in your family or circle of friends, need time to cope with your grief, but at the same time are confronted with numerous tasks as an heir.
There is no will of the deceased person, there is an unclearly formulated will or there are several conflicting wills?
Many banks and insurance companies require the submission of a certificate of inheritance as proof of inheritance in every case of death.
Is there any real estate in the estate?
Is the succession to the deceased unclear or disputed among the potential heirs?
One of the co-heirs administers and "distributes" the estate without involving the other co-heirs? Or one of the co-heirs does not participate in necessary measures such as the repayment of the testator's liabilities?
The estate includes considerable liabilities and you are afraid of being liable for these liabilities (debts) with your private assets?
You would like to agree on a "distribution" of the estate with the other heirs?
The regulations on inheritance law are complex and therefore it is often not possible for a legal layperson to determine for himself or herself what claims he or she is entitled to in the estate of a deceased family member. Do not be afraid to seek legal assistance in this regard. Seeking legal assistance is not a sign that you want to "argue".
We will find "the right tone" in communicating with your other family members.
Sometimes, however, disputes cannot be avoided due to the lack of insight of persons involved. In this case, we will consistently pursue your rights and, if necessary, assert your claims in court.
You have been disinherited as a descendant or spouse or partner of the deceased and are wondering what claims you now have?
The heir/heirs refuse to provide you, as the beneficiary of the compulsory portion, with information about the estate and gifts or the information provided is demonstrably incomplete?
Have your parents transferred their farm to another person as heir within the meaning of the farmyard regulations?
You have been appointed as heir under an inheritance contract or joint will by spouses. However, the testator gave away his or her substantial assets during his or her lifetime?
Does the estate include real estate or other assets that cannot be divided among the heirs? You cannot reach an agreement with the co-heirs on the value, the division and/or the realisation of the property/object of the estate?
Are you a member of a community of heirs that has fallen out regarding the "division" of the estate and the crediting of gifts already received during your lifetime against the inheritance?