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Apply for a limited sole certificate

A sole heir attests to the right of inheritance of a single person who has been appointed by the testator in his will as the sole or universal heir or who, within the framework of the legal succession, takes over the legal succession after the testator as the sole heir.

A certificate of inheritance (herein referred to as a limited certificate of inheritance) limited to the assets of the testator (estate) located in Germany can be issued by the probate court on application if the estate also includes objects that are located abroad (§ 352c FamFG). A limited certificate of inheritance should be applied for if this speeds up the procedure for issuing the certificate of inheritance (e.B. because no foreign inheritance law has to be determined), or because the certificate of inheritance is not needed abroad and costs can be saved by the restriction.

§ 352 c Act on Proceedings in Family Matters and in Matters of Voluntary Jurisdiction (FamFG)

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

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