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Special official custody of a disposition of property upon death (e.g. will)

If you want to ensure that your disposition of property upon death (for example, your will) is found and opened in the event of inheritance, you can place it in special official safekeeping. This also protects your testamentary disposition from forgery or loss.

If your testamentary disposition is notarized by a notary public (notarial deed), this person will arrange for the special official safekeeping.

In the case of privately written (handwritten) wills, you can personally place them in special official custody at the local court.

Notaries and custodial courts register dispositions of death electronically in the Central Register of Wills. The Central Register of Wills contains custody details of wills, inheritance contracts and other documents relevant to succession. In the event of death, the competent probate court and the custodian are automatically informed of the death and the registration. Probate courts can also check the register of wills to see whether a disposition of property upon death is in official custody.

Contents of dispositions of death are not shown in the register of wills, but are kept sealed at the district court.

You do not have to take any special action to register in the register of wills. Depositories are required by law to register. However, this does not apply to privately written wills that are not kept in official custody. These cannot be recorded in the Central Register of Wills.

If you wish to deposit a disposition of property upon death yourself, it is advisable to proceed as follows:

  • Please contact the probate court responsible for you or a notary public and arrange an appointment.
  • In addition to the testamentary disposition, bring your birth certificate and your identity card with you to the appointment.
  • Once the deposit has been made, you will receive a certificate of deposit as proof that the deposit has taken place.
  • Later, you will receive an invoice for court costs.
  • Details of your testamentary disposition are automatically deposited online in the register of wills by the court or the notary.
  • Request by the testator to the district court that his disposition of death be placed in special official custody.
  • the disposition of death to be deposited (for example, will)
  • Birth certificate
  • Identity card

A fee of EUR 75.00 is charged for depositing a will with the court.

The fee charged by the Federal Chamber of Notaries for registration in the Central Register of Wills is 12.50 EUR. If the fee is charged directly by the register authority to the party liable for costs, it amounts to EUR 15.50.

Fee: 75,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
Deposit fee

Fee: 18,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
Fee of the Federal Chamber of Notaries for registration in the Central Register of Wills


Normally, the matter is settled at the first hearing.

Forms available: No
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: No

Online services available: No

If official custody is refused, the Rechtspfleger shall decide by order. The testator requesting custody may lodge an appeal against the refusal for a limited period.
If under state law a clerk of the court was functionally responsible instead of the Rechtspfleger, an appeal must be lodged.

In certain cases, special official safekeeping is also arranged by a third party if you so wish, for example when a notarized will or inheritance contract is drawn up. The notary will then ensure that the document is placed in special official custody.

Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ)


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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)