German Law/Land titles

Advertisement


Question
My mother recently passed away, and she grew up in Germany. Her brother still lives there, they have a house there which he lives in. We are not sure if her name is on the Land title or registry. We can't ask him, because he thinks we are trying to throw him out of the house. Which we have no intention of doing. Could you please advise on or if we can find this out without having to go through him. Also, how we would go about doing this?
Thanks very much.

Answer
In order to make an inquiry at the local land registry of deeds and ask for an extract from the register you would need the legal land description of the property (Gemarkung = local subdistrict; Flur = cadastral district; Flurstück = cadastral unit; Blatt = folio). If you do not have these data you can ask the cadastral office.

You will only get an answer from the land registry if you can argue that you have a legitimate interest in obtaining the information. Claiming an ownership title would be sufficient.

German Law

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Henning Haarhaus

Expertise

I can answer questions in English, German and French. Practice in inheritance law, tax, labour and contract law for private clients. Services also rendered in the fields of business & commercial law; e.g. business organizations, contracts, debt collections, leasing law. Representing clients all over Germany. NO CONSULTANCY ON FAMILY AND IMMIGRATION LAW.

Experience

Working since 1999 in the forenamed fields. Henning Haarhaus` experience includes services in the legal department of Roedl & partner, the biggest tax consultancy firm of German origin. Appointed Bar Certified Tax Law Practioner in 2007.

Organizations
Bar Association of Berlin, KIWANIS

Publications


Education/Credentials
German licensed lawyer and bar certified tax specialist

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.