I have inherited in Germany….
and my good opinion about the Germans got shattered.“
Since I usually represent foreigners who have an inheritance case in Germany, I hear such or similar sentences all too often.
As it seems particularly – but not only – heirs from Eastern and Central Europe are often treated in a way by the other heirs involved that is not really correct. Because the German „stakeholders“ think that the „foreigners“ will not know what German law says, cannot speak the language properly, they cannot inquire at the court etc. and thus can be easily told whatever.
The locals see the foreigners in a disadvantageous position and try to get the better of them.
I had a Hungarian client, whom the other German heirs told, that she inherited 30.000,- €. She was very happy, but nonetheless she did not feel good and turned to me. After a short while it turned out that the story she had been told could not have been true. And within a couple of weeks out of 30.000,- € we were talking about 300.000,- €. Some difference!
If you have an issue with German inheritance law, it is very important that you find a committed lawyer who is competent and exclusively on your side. You also need someone with whom you can communicate properly. If English or German is not your mother tongue, get someone you trust and who supports you.
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