Frage von Paulistano, 22

How works inheritance (Erbschaft) in a marriage "Zugewinngemeinschaft"?

Hi dear community. I apologize for writing in English, my German is a catastrophe. I hope someone can understand my question. I read German OK; you don’t need to answer it in English. I live in B-W with my German wife for about 3,5 years. We are married under the so called statutory marital property regime (Zugewinngemeinschaft) or community of accrued gains. She has two properties, one building with 4 apartments and a commercial shop (all leased), a house where we live (with two apartments above, also leased) and a car. These properties are in her name since 1988. We bought together an apartment in Brazil, which is in our name since 2012. In 2000, she divorced from the father of her 2 children (27 and 28 years old) and separated all the properties at that time. The children have their own lives, independently of her. Unfortunately she was diagnosed with cancer and have few years left, we don’t know exactly how many. She is now concerned with inheritance. She wants the children to take the building and I to take the house (with the two apartments). I told her that she should contact a lawyer to draw an anticipated inheritance to divide everything exactly as she wishes, because if she leaves all for after the fact, I will not be entitled to inherit 50% of her state as she insists I have. My question is: am I really entitled to 50% of her total state and the children 25% each, as she says? Or I am entitled to 50% of what we have made together after our marriage? I appreciate very much if someone could clarify this situation for me, so I can convince her to hire an expert, a family lawyer. Thank you.

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von SaVer79, 22

Wenn sie kein Testament macht, dann gilt die gesetzliche Erbfolge! Das heißt, du erbst 50% und die anderen 50% bekommen die Kinder! Vererbt wird all das, was deiner Frau am Todestag gehört!

Kommentar von Paulistano ,

Thanks for your prompt answer. So I think if she wants to divide the properties as she wishes, it's better to get an expert advice because each property has different worth (appraisal value).

Kommentar von SaVer79 ,

Sie kann ein Testament erstellen und alles so verteilen, wie sie möchte! Allerdings steht den Kinder ein gewisser Pflichtteil zu, der nicht unterschritten werden kann! Also, ja, es empfiehlt sich einen Anwalt oder einen Notar auszusuchen und sich beraten zu lassen

Kommentar von Paulistano ,

Ok, I understand that if the building is worth less than 50% of the total assets (building plus house) they are entitled to inherit part of the house to fulfill their share of 50%. Correct?

Kommentar von SaVer79 ,

Nein, das ist nicht richtig! Der pflichtteilsanspruch der Kinder beträgt die Hälfte des gesetzlichen Erbteils! Bei zwei Kindern wären das 12,5%. Dieser muss aber nicht an jedem einzelnen Gebäude "eingehalten" werden sondern nur wertmäßig insgesamt! Last euch beraten!

Kommentar von Paulistano ,

It’s more complicated than I thought indeend :) Definitely we need an expert advice.

Thank you so much, you have been very helpful.

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