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Collecting a single heir certificate


If the probate court learns that the heir listed in the certificate of inheritance is not the deceased's real heir, it must revoke the certificate of inheritance ex officio. The certificate of inheritance thus becomes invalid and the alleged heir listed in this incorrect certificate of inheritance can no longer dispose of the estate. The withdrawal of the certificate of inheritance can also be requested from the court by the actual heir or the actual heiress.

There is a sole heir certificate and this shows a person as an heir who is not an heir.

The procedure is carried out ex officio by the probate court. If you apply for such proceedings, the following documents will be helpful:

  • Your identity card or passport,
  • the death certificate of the deceased person (testator),
  • the family register to document the relationship,
  • Information on whether there is a lawsuit concerning your inheritance rights,
  • Names and addresses of the co-heirs,
  • Proof of the reason why certain persons who would actually inherit are no longer heirs, e.g. their death certificates, declarations of inheritance or waivers of inheritance,
  • wills or inheritance contracts, if applicable,
  • the matrimonial property regime (in the case of married couples) or the asset status (in the case of registered civil partnerships).

The court shall determine the costs of the court proceedings regarding the withdrawal of the certificate of inheritance in accordance with Section 353 para. 2 sentence 1 FamFG. The amount of the costs is determined by the amount in dispute, which is calculated on the basis of the value of the estate less the debts.

The processing time depends on the complexity of the inheritance case.

Contact the local court.

Forms are not required.

The local court examines ex officio or upon application whether the certificate of inheritance is to be withdrawn due to incorrectness.

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Amtsgericht Wernigerode
Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 8
38855 Wernigerode, Stadt
Post Office Box 10 12 61
38842 Wernigerode, Stadt
03943 5310
03943 531140

Remark: It is not permissible to bring a legally effective action before a court, a public prosecutor's office or any other judicial authority of the state of Saxony-Anhalt by e-mail, to file applications, to lodge an appeal or to make other procedural declarations. In particular, no deadline is met! The delivery method by e-mail is therefore only suitable for non-form-bound messages. Further information on e-mail traffic and electronic legal transactions can be found under https://lsaurl.de/justizemail. The court's privacy policy can be found at https://lsaurl.de/agwrdsgvo.

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