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How r wills executed upon death in germany? If a benefiarary pre deceases the maker of the will what happens?

Dear Tyra,

The wills are normally executed by the local probate court (Amtsgericht) and an executor that is named in the will or by the court. If the beneficiary died his or her children step in as beneficiary.

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Carolin Schulz-Burgess


German legal issues on inheritance, divorce, alimony, child custody and support, last wills and testaments, and other problems involving international family and civil law.


I am a certified German laywer with professional experience in both German and American law firms. Since 2001 I have been working independently at my firm, German Legal Services. I have represented hundreds of clients on matters involving US-German legal issues. One of my firm's areas of specialization is in divorce and child support and custody issues between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and German civilians.

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I received my undergraduate and JD degrees both from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, whose law school is consistently ranked in the top 10 in Germany.

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