Formalities for a handwritten will in Germany – part 1

Formalities for a handwritten will in Germany - part 1

What does the requirement handwritten will mean in German law of succession?

Handwritten will – a valid one – needs to be written by hand from the first letter up to the very last, including of course the signature. 

Using a pre-printed form and only filling in some data etc. would not be a valid will and would be dealt with as a case of intestacy. 

The testator should sign with his full name as it is officially used, for example in the passport or identity card.

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Dr. Donat Ebert

Dr. Donat Ebert

Ügyvéd - Rechtsanwalt (HU, D)

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