The authority in charge of cases of succession in Germany is the local court
The authority for successions lies with the local courts („Amtsgericht“) in the district where the testator had his residence or usual place to stay. Within the local court it is the probate court („Nachlassgericht“), a special division of each local court.
This is independent of the value of the estate.
The estate court is the only competent institution that can issue a certificate of inheritance or succession.
It is also the probate court that will open the will after the death of the testator.
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