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If a person dies and has left no disposal of his or her inheritance, the legal succession occurs. It is based on the general notions of who should be able to fall justicetothe seam of the deceased. Basically, the blood relatives and the spouse or life partner inherit.

Non-marital partnerships have no reciprocal legal right of inheritance. Therefore, if you want to use your partner as heir, an injunction is mandatory.

Relatives are classified as heirs by degree of kinship. Inherit the ones with the smallest ordinator:

  • Heirs of the first order are the descendants of the deceased and their descendants
  • Heirs of the second order are the parents of the deceased and their descendants
  • Third-order heirs are the grandparents and their descendants
  • Heirs of the fourth order are the great-grandparents and their descendants

If the deceased has been inherited jointly by several persons, the entire property shall be jointly vested in the heirs.

Further information can be found on the Lower Saxony State Justice Portal.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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