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OldForum Click to EMail OldForumClick to check IP address of the poster 01-Jun-00, 09:44 PM (GMT)
"Inheritance"

•Subject: Inheritance •Author: Jane Crawley •Date: 11/2/2000

I am a named beneficiary in a german Will. My last correspondence with the Executor and Court dealing with this was in June 1999 - who should I expect to conclude the matter and receive my inheritance from? I contacted the Executor today and was verbally informed that the proceeds have been distributed, yet I have heard nothing. What action can you suggest?

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RE: Inheritance, OldForum, 01-Jun-00, (1)
RE: Inheritance, ginger, 20-Jun-00, (2)
Form of wills, gd, 21-Jun-00, (3)

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OldForum Click to EMail OldForumClick to check IP address of the poster 01-Jun-00, 09:45 PM (GMT)
1. "RE: Inheritance"

•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.

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ginger Click to EMail gingerClick to check IP address of the poster 20-Jun-00, 11:54 PM (GMT)
2. "RE: Inheritance"
When making a will under German law - do you legally need someone to witness your signature?
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gd Click to EMail gdClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster 21-Jun-00, 10:35 AM (GMT)
3. "Form of wills"
A will need not be witnessed if the entire document (!) is handwritten and signed by the testator. Alternatively, a will can be made before a notary.
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