Dr. Hannes Klühs, civil law notary in Düsseldorf
Areas of Work

Inheritance Law and Estate Planning

Most of us do not like to deal with the thought: What happens after I die? Perhaps this is the reason why only a small fraction of the population leave a testamentary disposition, i.e. a last will or a testamentary contract.

Inheritance Law and Estate Planning

But that engages the legal succession, which often depends on chance and rarely reflects the will of the testator. For example, if the deceased leaves legitimate children, the surviving spouse can not dispose of the estate without their consent. If the children are minor, there is furthermore need for the involvement of the family court. In case of a childless marriage the parents of the deceased or his siblings are entitled to a share of the estate next to the surviving spouse.

Although, a will can also be built privately in writing. Such wills are often ineffective due to a lack of inherence to formal requirements, are not detected due to unsuitable storage or are ambiguous, so that the interpretation of the wording provokes controversy between the bereaved relatives. However, as a civil law notary I will advise you in detail, provide for a legally proper realization of your will and demonstrate meaningful alternatives. Thus, it is possible to consider dispositions for partitioning the estate, to arrange bequests, to stipulate testamentary burdens and execution of the will or to provide rules concerning substitute heirs, final heirs or prior and subsequent heirs. The civil law notary will also consider the compulsory portion of relatives. Following the notarization we finally arrange for the shipment of the document in the official custody and the registration in the central register of wills. Testamentary contracts are held in our own custody. After a succession a notarized last will often saves you a costly and time-consuming claiming for a certificate of inheritance.

Estate Planing
Arrangements following the succession