What forms of testamentary disposition does German law know?

Probate procedure in Germany – special questions 10
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German law knows two kinds of last will or testamentary disposition.

The safest way to make a testamentary disposition for what should happen with the estate after the death of the testator is a public will, also called a „notarial will“ („notarielles Testament“). The public notary will know how to design and elaborate a valid „last will“.

The other way is a handwritten testament. We will enlarge upon the formal requirements of a handwritten testament in a detailed way in articles you may find on this website. What can be remarked already here is that the testament you see on the picture above would be an invalid one. Be careful with that. 

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Dr. Donat Ebert

Dr. Donat Ebert

Ügyvéd - Rechtsanwalt (HU, D)

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