Joint wills and testamentary contracts are recognized testamentary dispositions in Germany, beyond the individual will.
Author: Caroline I. Esche, PhD, JD
As an international estate attorney I advise both US families with overseas assets or inheritances from abroad, and non-US citizens with assets or inheritances in the United States. I am licensed to practice law in Germany, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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