Adopted children in German law of succession

Adopted children in German law of succession

The role of adopted children in German inheritance law

As a general rule, in German law as a whole adopted children have the full position as biological children. 

This is also true obviously in German law of succession: an adopted child is considered the same as other children. They inherit in the same way, with the same rank. And of course they are also entitled to the compulsory portion in case the testamentary disposition of the testator favors other persons. 

What is also interesting and good to know is that the relationship with the biological parents of the adopted child is extinguished through the adoption. This is not true for the adoption of stepchildren. And there is also a variation when an adult is adopted. 

If you have a problem here, you should consult a competent lawyer for details. 

If you have any questions concerning German law of succession, do not hesitate to contact us here.

Dr. Donat Ebert

Ügyvéd - Rechtsanwalt (HU, D)

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