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If someone dies and has not left a disposition of his inheritance, the legal succession occurs. It is based on the general ideas about to whom the assets of the deceased should just fall. In principle, the blood relatives and the spouse or life partner inherit.

Non-marital partnerships have no reciprocal statutory right of succession. So if you want to appoint your partner as heir, a disposition is mandatory.

Relatives are classified as heirs according to degree of kinship. Those with the smallest atomic number inherit:

  • Heirs of the first order are the descendants of the testator and their descendants
  • Heirs of the second order are the parents of the deceased and their descendants
  • Heirs of the third order 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 belongs jointly to the heirs.

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

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Amtsgericht Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 1253 , 49702 Meppen
Address: Obergerichtsstraße 20 , 49716 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 888-100
Fax: 05931 888-250

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

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