Law of Succession

Inheritance and the making of a bequest are more than purely legal affairs. In addition to settling the legal matters of inheritance law, emotions and internal family sensibilities are almost always a part of the inheritance process. Our attorneys handle these exceptional circumstances with confidence and sensitivity.

Law of Succession - GRP Rainer

Inheritance Tax

At GRP Rainer, our tax advisors ensure that tax authorities and the treasury do not take too much from your inheritance. We provide coordinated legal and tax advisory services from a single source.


A last will and testament should not be created without professional advice and consultation. A will that is invalid or a will that has not been carefully prepared can have far-reaching consequences.

Legal heirs

If there is no will, the law will determine heirs. Inheritance law distinguishes legal heirs according to their degree of kinship in ranked order. At the top, widows or widowers and children of the testator are heirs of the first order. But parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives may also arrive as legal heirs to take their share of an inheritance. Our attorneys examine each individual case to determine who is entitled to inherit and how large any individual share of the inheritance is.

Inheritance portions

Without a will, the law determines the shares in estates. Our attorneys determine the share of the inheritance for each heir in the circumstances of each case.

Legal portion

A testator may exclude their children from their inheritance only in exceptional cases. Children have the right to a legal portion of inheritance. There are often disputes in regards to the amount of that portion. The attorneys at GRP Rainer support heirs to determine, verify and enforce their portion of the inheritance. In other cases, our attorneys assist in the defense against false claims to inheritance.

Contract of inheritance

The contract of inheritance is an alternative to a last will and testament. On the basis of an inheritance contract, the testator decides upon the binding appointment of an heir, bequests as well as conditions for heirs in the testator’s lifetime. In contrast to a last will and testament, the inheritance contract requires the consent of third parties. On such occasion, an integrated approach is irreplaceable.

Estate insolvency & illegal earnings

Both liabilities and tax violations can be inherited. For this reason, waiving the inheritance should be considered in case of doubt as well before accepting the inheritance. We consider each case holistically and provide advisory consultation services in regards to applicable Tax Law and beyond.

Business Succession

Unresolved succession planning can jeopardize a company's existence. In the area of succession planning, our attorneys and tax consultants take care of the careful and thorough transfer of businesses to the next generation.

Execution of Wills & Estate Administration

GRP Rainer represents clients in the execution of a will in word and deed. As executor, our attorneys help prevent inheritance disputes and the arbitrary destruction of the inheritance.

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Make an appointment at one of our locations in Cologne, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich or Stuttgart! For International inquiries, please contact us at our offices in London or Singapore!