US-German Wills and Estates

There are fundamental differences between US and German estate law.

These differences create difficulties, particular for Americans whose estate planning includes German assets, Americans who have inherited German property through a testamentary disposition, and Americans who have been named as executors of estates that include property in Germany.

The solutions to these difficulties involve combining specialized knowledge of how both jurisdictions operate, how estates are wound up in both jurisdictions, and what the tax consequences are in both as well.

Dr. Wolfgang Hering specializes in US-German estate law, and has 30 years of professional experience in resolving US-German estates, their disputes, and difficulties.

Our specific offerings:

  • Executor and proxy services in Germany for American estates with German assets.
  • Estate planning in Germany for Americans with German assets and liabilities
  • Estate administration and wind-up services in Germany for estates that include both German and American assets, and especially those that include German bank accounts, property, or other investments.
  • Estate tax planning and asset structuring under German legal aspects in preparation for German and American estate and/or inheritance tax consequences.