Dispute over inheritance: How does a good will go? – Our TV expert on NDR

Dispute over inheritance: How does a good will go? Yesterday was the 45-minute report on the subject. Our expert Jan Rickel was a guest, as an advisor, with helpful answers and know-how to the question. Because, properly bequeath and properly inherit wants to be planned. Without, much ends unintentionally in the dispute. Many avoid the topic, after all, it is about the death of a loved one almost always. What to do, is the question? In the NDR contribution we give the answers.

Inheritance & Inheritance of Real Estate

Never before has so much been inherited in Germany as this year, reports NDR. It continues, “According to the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), up to 400 billion euros are inherited or given away every year.”

You can find the report in the NDR media center:

Dispute in the community of heirs and partition auction

We have already reported on the topic of disputes in the community of heirs in the blog. If a deceased person leaves several heirs and the division of the estate among the heirs is not consensual, the division is determined by law. Since the estate is a joint asset, the co-heirs can only dispose of the inheritance jointly.

If this joint disposition does not work, each co-heir can demand the dissolution of the community of heirs at any time and pursue this independently. In this case, the individual co-heir can dispose of his share in the estate as a whole, but not of his share in individual assets.

If the heirs are in dispute, a partition auction, a specific form of forced sale, is sometimes held. The aim of the partition auction is to convert the assets into a divisible sum of money and divide them among the co-owners.

An excerpt from Monday, April 25, 2022, 22:00 to 22:45 with our TV expert Jan Rickel.

Image source: 45 Min Reportage / NDR


Image source: 45 Min Reportage / NDR


Image source: 45 Min Reportage / NDR


Image source: 45 Min Reportage / NDR

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Will, house and compulsory share

The distribution of a deceased person’s assets can be recorded in a written declaration before death, which is the will. Every person is capable of making a will from the age of 16 and does not need a notary in the case of a handwritten will, as the testator draws it up himself by hand.

However, if one wants a notarized will, this must be notarized by a notary public, where the costs for this depend on the value of the estate. For clarification, the document should be labeled “Will” or “Last Will” and at the end it should be signed by the testator and dated. If there are several wills, the will with the most recent date is authoritative.

Inherit without a will?

The law of succession comes into force if there is no will. This regulates who receives the assets of the deceased after a death and how this is done. Communities of heirs may be formed if there are several heirs and the estate passes into their possession.

Communities of heirs are formed automatically after the death of the testator if there are several heirs. These must then divide the estate among themselves and make joint decisions about inherited property, such as real estate. If you want to decide for yourself which relatives inherit which property, you should draw up a will and regulate everything in detail.