•Subject: Beneficiary under German will •Author: Gerhard Dannemann •Date: 14/2/2000
I presume that you are certain about two points which you mention, namley (1) that you are a beneficiary, and (2) that an executor (i.e., Testamentsvollstrecker) has been appointed. If you do not have a copy of the will yet, it is important that you obtain one from the local court (Amtsgericht - Nachlaßgericht) at the deceased's last residence in Germany. If both presumptions are right, then the Testamentsvollstrecker is responsible for giving you your share and thus the right person for you to contact. I suggest that you write to the Testamentsvollstrecker by registered mail, sum up your telephone conversation, and request that whatever you are to obtain under the will is given to you. Set a deadline for a reply. If this is without sucess, you may have to consider taking legal action against either the Testamentsvollstrecker or the heirs. If you write in German, this is likely to speed up matters considerably. This is particularly true for the correspondence with courts.