German Certified Inheritance Lawyer

Do you have a succession case or need probate procedures in Germany? German attorney-at-Law and Certified Tax Lawyer, Dr. Marcus Hosser, who also is a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner, is ready to assist you.

Contact German attorney-at-law Dr. Marcus Hosser via our contact form if you have any questions.

Areas of expertise:

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Inheritance law

  • Procedures before German probate courts (Nachlassverfahren)
  • Application for a German certificate of inheritance or heirship (Erbschein)
  • Application for German certificate of executorship (Testamentsvollstreckerzeugnis)
  • Application for a European succession certificate (europ. Nachlasszeugnis)
  • Representation before German civil courts and in extra court proceedings
  • Estate litigation in Germany before German civil courts in Southwest Germany
  • Contentious estates, disputes between heirs/beneficiaries outside courts
  • Assistance with the execution of a last will which concerns assets in Germany
  • Compulsory portion (Pflichtteil) or share pursuant to German inheritance laws
  • Assessment of legal claims pursuant to German inheritance law, like special legacy
  • Assistance with estate administration by executors from abroad
  • Legal advice about the German law community of heirs (Erbengemeinschaft)
  • Correspondence with banks, insurance companies or authorities in Germany
  • Advice about European Succession Regulation and its scope of applicability
  • Determination of applicable inheritance law for assets in the German estate
  • Assistance with settling or administration of a German estate or an inheritance
  • Attendance/assistance with winding up an estate in other countries than Germany
  • Lifetime gifts or transfers to Germany-based beneficiaries or donees in Germany
  • Anticipated successions-planning for German assets or Germany-based donors
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International Inheritance and inheritance tax law

  • German inheritance tax (similar with estate tax) issues
  • Estate planning in the field of inheritance taxation in Germany
  • Double Taxation Conventions in the field of German inheritance tax / gift tax
  • Advice for executors and/or administrators about tax duties in Germany
  • Taxation in Germany of lifetime gifts or transfers to beneficiaries or donees
  • Representation before German fiscal courts (only for inheritance and gift tax)
  • Double taxation in the field of German inheritance tax and German gift tax
  • Mitigation of double taxation of gifts through Double Taxation Treaties

More than 17 years of experience

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These facts will help you with a German inheritance and guide you in taking the necessary actions


Find answers to the most common questions on German probate law

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Contact German attorney-at-law Dr. Marcus Hosser via our contact form if you have questions.

German Certified Inheritance Lawyer – Our Services


We offer our prospective customers a brief orientation by phone in order to learn more about your legal needs and also to introduce ourselves and our services to you more personally.


Once you have chosen us as your legal counsel, you can benefit from video conferences with us.


For a video conference, which will be scheduled in advance, you merely need a webcam and at least a regular data transmission rate.


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How we work – scope and cornerstone

Phone call for orientation about cornerstone

You can call us for a free upto 10 min. orientation call to discuss facts and our legal services.

Communication in English or German

Dr. Hosser is fluent in English and conducts video-calls and emails in English.

German Inheritance & inheritance tax issues

Dr. Hosser is a German Certified Inheritance Lawyer and Certified Tax Lawyer.

Video conferencing for clients

We offer video conferencing in addition to phone calls and email. Our law firm provides the video conferencing system.

Current client testimonial

“The legal competence of Dr. Hosser and his team is absolutely top notch; never missing the slightest bit of nuance and analyzing the various aspects of the situation from all angles.

We could not have asked for a more responsive and considerate law firm. Reply time was always within a few hours and never more than 24 hours. Marcus and his team were always there for us. This has been a very emotional time for us and he and his team’s understanding of our needs were so much appreciated.

Marcus and his team’s knowledge of the Law was what made it all possible to set this case on the right track and that quickly, as well as the ability to analyze all aspects of the case and acting on the best method of approach.

I would absolutely recommend Dr. Hosser without any reservation! He and his team should be the first law firm to be considered. You will never be disappointed.“


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Most Frequently Asked Questions

What is a German certified inheritance lawyer?

The term “German certified inheritance lawyer” describes a German attorney-at-law who specializes in German inheritance law. Anyhow the mere focus on German inheritance law is not enough. Only certain German attorneys-at-law who practice German inheritance law are allowed to use the special title “German certified inheritance lawyer” or “German specialist inheritance lawyer” according to the relevant German Regulation about Certified Lawyers (Fachanwaltsordnung).

In General, any German attorney-at-law who wants to become a certified inheritance lawyer needs to have practiced as a German attorney-at-law for more than three years, as a minimum. Furthermore, any German certified inheritance lawyer passed a test and proved his practical experience, meaning the lawyer must prove to have worked on a certain number of succession cases or rather inheritance cases, amongst others a certain number of formal proceedings like estate litigations.

Only when the German lawyer fulfills all relevant preconditions, the competent chamber of lawyers will grant the allowance to carry the title German certified inheritance lawyer. Any other German lawyer must not carry said title. Even after said allowance was granted, the German certified inheritance lawyer must continue his education in German inheritance law and update his knowledge, either through an attendance of seminars about German inheritance law-topics or through writing legal articles about German inheritance law.

The title German certified inheritance lawyer or German specialist inheritance lawyer shows the expertise of the respective lawyer in the field of German inheritance law and makes this lawyer’s decision obvious to focus on German inheritance law as his field of practice.
A German attorney-at-law must not carry more than altogether three German Specialist Lawyer-titles (Fachanwaltstitel) for certain fields of law like inheritance law.

Can any German inheritance lawyer counsel about German inheritance tax-issues?

No, only specific German inheritance lawyers feel able to counsel about German inheritance tax law, either. Although the preparative course-programs for becoming a German specialist inheritance lawyer contain single lessons about German inheritance tax law, those basics are not sufficient at all to become familiar with a counselling about German inheritance tax law.

In fact, German inheritance tax law is a sub-field of German tax law than a subarea of German inheritance law. Therefore, numerous Certified German Inheritance Lawyers need to involve a German tax advisor, so that the tax advisor can counsel about the inheritance tax law-related subjects of a certain case. For international succession cases as well as for international estate planning-mandates, German inheritance tax law-questions need to be answered. On top of his being a German certified inheritance lawyer, Dr. Hosser is a German certified tax lawyer (Fachanwalt fuer Steuerrecht) who – as it comes to German tax laws – strictly focuses on advising about German inheritance tax law and German gift tax law, only.

What are the proceedings for an inheritance in Germany?

Different from the procedures in many Anglo-American jurisdictions, an inheritance in Germany does not in any case require probate proceedings in Germany, although in many constellations, this is the case. When probate procedures are necessary, you should assign a German certified inheritance lawyer or at least a German lawyer who specializes in German inheritance law.

The main reason for the possible dispensability of probate proceedings in Germany is the so-called principle of universal succession pursuant to German substantial inheritance law.

Section 1922 paragraph 1 of the German Civil Code states that “upon the death of a person (devolution of an inheritance), that person’s assets (inheritance) devolve as a whole to one or more than one other persons (heirs).” Different from the legal situation in many Anglo-American jurisdictions, an appointment of a personal representative for the estate is not required in any case, because in General the heirs of a decedent become his legal successors and may represent the estate.

Anyhow, probate proceedings in Germany are always required, if the heir does not have any other opportunity to prove his position as a legal heir and a legal successor of the decedent in the sense of section 1922 German Civil Code above.

Unless a German notarial last will and testament has been executed by a decedent, which has formally been opened-up by a German probate court, the heir who was appointed in a last will and testament as an heir or a beneficiary under the last will and testament, will have to apply for a court-certificate, which must be issued by the competent German probate court. Although in theory, this application can be filed by a juristic lay person, we cannot recommend you that.

In most of the cases it makes sense to assign a German specialist inheritance lawyer like Dr. Hosser with legal assistance in the application-procedures for the formal court-certificates’ context. The frequent language problems of heirs from abroad is only one of a multitude of reasons for this recommendation to involve a German certified inheritance lawyer, preferentially one with international experience who can explain the next steps to you understandingly.

If a notarial last will and testament exists, it can basically serve as a proof for the appointed heir’s position as the legal successor, when it is presented to a third party, together with the minutes about the last will’s formal opening-up by the competent German probate court. The same is true for a German inheritance contract and if the testator has not appointed any sole heir, but a multitude of heirs, the above principles apply correspondingly for the heirs, too.

If the decedent died intestate, the required court-certificate will be a German certificate of inheritance (Erbschein). In case the testator appointed an executor for his last will and testament, a German certificate of executorship (Testamentsvollstreckerzeugnis) might be the right court-certificate to apply for, or – potentially even on top of that – a German certificate of inheritance, either, regardless of the appointment of an executor in the last will and testament.

German banks with which the decedent had a bank or securities account or e. g. the German land registry office may rely on the person who is named in the German certificate of inheritance’s position as the legal successor, regardless of said certificate’s real accuracy. There is a provision in the German Civil Code which protects the good faith of third parties in a German certificate of inheritance’s contents’ being true and accurate. Therefore, the above institutions or authorities will with all regularity ask the appointed heir for a German certificate of inheritance’s presentation and will not rely on any possible foreign probate court-decision.

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