Ancillary Probate Proceedings in Germany

In the context of a probate proceeding american counsel is often confronted with the question of whether ancillary proceedings should be commenced in Germany where the decedent owned personal and/or real property in Germany. This article outlines those factual circumstances with which American counsel is most often confronted and discusses whether ancillary proceedings in Germany are required. It is presumed that the decedent had his last domicile in the United States and the estate contains real or personal property located in Germany.


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