Urban development contracts complement the sovereign spectrum of urban development law. The contractual possibilities of the municipalities extend beyond their sovereign regulatory powers in the form of administrative acts or statutes, in particular, regarding the regulatory possibilities in a development plan. For example, contracts that serve to cover the housing needs of population groups with special housing problems may achieve a social governance that cannot be implemented by designations in the development plan alone. In this context, social housing and affordable housing could be mentioned as keywords. Within the framework of contractual freedom, we help to find balanced and legally viable regulations that serve the mutual interests of municipalities and project sponsors.

Under § 311b Section 1 BGB, an urban development contract requires notarisation whenever a party undertakes to transfer ownership of a property or part thereof. The same applies to the granting and acquisition of heritable building rights.

In many cases, notarisation is necessary because the contract obliges the executing organisation of the project to transfer the land of the public development facilities.

One main area of our legal and notarial activities focuses on family law.

Statistically, every third marriage gets divorced. At the same time, there are more and more non-marital partnerships. The legal regulations are usually unknown to those involved. This makes it all the more important to inform yourself at the very beginning of such a partnership and, if necessary, to take precautions by means of appropriate contractual arrangements.

Even if such a provision has been made, especially if it is missing, the parties involved need competent legal support in the event of conflict, e.g. in the case of separation and divorce, in order to avert greater damage.

We provide our clients with legal support in every phase of this personally important and existential stage of life.

Main areas of our activitiy in the field of family law are:

Marriage contracts
We draw up individual marriage contracts before and during the marriage. These are tailored to the personal situation of our clients, e.g. through a modified joint ownership of the increase in capital value of assets. We also check your marriage contract for effectiveness or give recommendations for the adjustment of a marriage contract in case of changed concepts of husband and wife, e.g. due to a different life plan or a change of jurisdiction. We recommend a regular review of the marriage contracts, even during an intact marriage.

Separation and divorce agreements
Prior to a separation or divorce, we advise on all issues that need to be settled and draw up or negotiate a suitable separation and divorce agreement.

Extrajudicial and judicial representation in family matters
We assert our clients‘ rights with regard to alimony, pension adjustment, marital home and household effects quickly and purposefully, represent them in the assertion of custody and visitation rights and accompany them in lengthy and difficult asset disputes. In doing so, we try to find cost-effective and out-of-court solutions in the interest of our clients.

In case an out-of-court settlement should fail or be unsuccessful for other reasons, we represent our clients in the first and second instance of all family law proceedings and related matters. This may include the assertion of spousal and child support as well as the settlement of matrimonial property regimes, household effects, family homes and compensation for pension claims.

We also represent our clients in contentious disputes concerning the handling and custody of their legitimate and illegitimate children.

We also submit expert opinions on the prospects of success of proceedings not conducted by us. If a „second opinion“ is needed, we will examine your case and issue a statement.

International Family Law
In the field of family and inheritance law we are active nationally as well as internationally. If a foreign law is applied due to international regulations, we cooperate with experts in this field of law.

Care, health care proxy and living will
We will advise you on issues relating to guardianship law and draw up health care proxies and living wills.

Inheritance law is another focus of our legal and notarial activities.

Statistics show that less than one third of Germans make a decision about their estate at all. This is all the more astonishing given that assets amounting to 2.6 trillion euros are expected to be inherited by 2020. That is more than a quarter of the total assets of private households in Germany.

A thorough consultation is therefore of great importance. We advise on planning your inheritance as well as in case of accrual of an inheritance. We provide support in all matters of strategic and tax related questions. We provide comprehensive know-how in the handling of estates. We will also assist you in the prosecution or defence of your claims.

Main areas of our activity in inheritance law are:

Advice on inheritance law
We will advise you in all areas of inheritance law and asset succession. If, for example, you have been appointed as executor by a disposition (last will and testament or contract of inheritance), a large number of rights and obligations must be observed after acceptance. However, if the executor – consciously or unconsciously – violates the duties incumbent upon him, this may result in a liability for damages against the heirs.

Also in other matters of inheritance law, e.g. 

  • the successful settlement of a community of heirs,
  • the fulfilment or defence of compulsory portion claims,
  • social assistance recourse issues or in connection with the continuation of an inherited business, 

economic success and family peace can often only be achieved through early and appropriate advice.

Inheritance related drafting 
Inheritance related drafting of, in particular,

  • Inheritance contracts,
  • Last wills,
  • Powers of attorney,

is a main area of our activities, of both our lawyers and notaries.

If a testator has not made a testamentary disposition (last willor contract of inheritance), the rules of intestacy who becomes heir. However, the rules of intestacy often do not correspond to the interests and wishes of the testator. For example, under the rules of intestacy in many case a a community of heirs will be formed consisting of the spouse and relatives, in case a spouse dies. In contrast, unmarried couples do not inherit anything from each other according to the law.

Finally, an unplanned inheritance may even lead to the destruction of the  assets of many families and a company’s economic ruin.

If there is a testamentary disposition, the rules of intestacy do not apply. The testator may determine the succession by an individual will or an inheritance contract. Spouses and partners in a registered civil partnership also have the option of drawing up a joint will (spousal will).

In addition to drawing up a will or contract of inheritance, the transfer of assets, in particular real estate, to the next generation during one’s lifetime may also be an option.

Inheritance management
In case of inheritance you are confronted with countless problems that need to be solved.

These could include

  • the delivery of a will to the probate court,
  • the valuation of properties by an expert,
  • the creation of an estate inventory,
  • a judicial hearing for the determination of heirs or 
  • opening of a will,
  • issues relating to the acceptance or timely and effective renouncement of the inheritance
  • or limitation of the heir’s liability for debts of the testator

In addition, questions such as

  • Do I need a certificate of heirship?
  • Are there any problems with the bank?
  • What about life insurance?

need to be answered.

We will guide you through the „jungle“ of regulations and forms that an inheritance entails and support you in the practical implementation, quickly and cost effectively.

In addition to the growing need for advice with regard to asset succession planning, the number of inheritance lawsuits has also risen steadily in recent years.

We represent our clients

  • in inheritance certificate proceedings,
  • in inheritance disputes,
  • procedures regarding compulsory partitions by public auction
  • in the contesting of a will,
  • the fulfillment of legacies,
  • or the defence or assertion of claims to a compulsory portion

International inheritancelaw
The world is moving closer together and it is not unusual for assets to be spread across several countries and families are no longer living „around the corner“. So if you, for example,

  • have assets and relatives abroad,
  • have inherited abroad,
  • own a finca in Spain or an apartment in Florida,
  • have a securities account in Luxembourg,
  • or your daughter has been living in Italy for a long time,

there may be issues of international inheritance law to consider. In the field of inheritance law we are active nationally as well as internationally. If a foreign law applies, we cooperate with experts in this field of law.

  • Notarisation of real estate transactions
  • Notarial support of project developments and real estate financing
  • Declarations of division
  • Property developer contracts
  • Leasehold contracts

Our notaries are active in the formation of corporations (in particular limited liability companies and public limited companies), in capital increases or reductions, but also in all other amendments to the articles of association. We accompany all processes in the field of transformation law (mergers, divisions, asset transfers and changes of legal form) and take minutes of general meetings.

We carry out all types of commercial register entries and prepare corresponding drafts.