Expiration of European certificate of inheritance
The European certificate of inheritance is only valid for a certain period of time, which is usually six months.
If justified, the period can be longer. When asking for such certificate, we usually apply for a longer period. In our practice a year is usually granted.
After expiration of the period granted in the first copy of the certificate, the issuing authority can give a new copy with an extension of the period. With the new rules being in force only since 17 August 2015, we do not have experience with such application, but are optimistic that German probate courts will not put too many obstacles, considering that administering an estate abroad is often not a quick thing to do.
Sometimes the certificate has to be used in several different countries when we need more copies and more time to solve all legal questions caused by the inheritance case. Unfortunately the certificate has to be translated into the languages of the countries at hand, which can be quite costly and also time-consuming.
If you have an issue with a cross-border inheritance case, you can contact us here.