German Law/Inheritance


2 years ago, my uncle (a German citizen, living in Germany) died and in his will he left everything to his (male, German) registered life partner. Neither of them has children but my uncle has four sisters and his partner a brother. Recently, his partner passed away as well. If the partner does not leave a will, are my uncle's sisters heirs to the estate? If there is a will in which the sisters are not mentioned, do they have any legal rights to inherit? Thanks very much for considering this question.

Unless otherwise stipulated in your uncles or his partners will his estate had merged with the estate of his partner after his death. After the death of the partner only his respective blood relatives are called to sucession, not your uncles relatives because there is no blood line.

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Henning Haarhaus


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.


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.

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