German Law/Inheritance


My brother - a South African married to a German Citizen, resides in Germany for 12 years has now passed away in Germany. No children, but the couple signed an  Ante nuptial Contract in South Africa. What inheritance law applies? No will was left? Property and car is in spouses name. Only a bank account in my brothers name? Please advise.
What Law will apply?
Thank you!

Dear Mia,

if there was no will left South African inheritance law applies.

If there was no will it depends on South African law if you will receive a part of the money in your brother's bank account. You would need to contact a lawyer in South Africa to find out if you have a right to claim a part of the money.

Carolin Burgess
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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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