How to write a last will?
The last things to be taken care of include material things, as well. These should be carefully distributed, but the intestate succession does not always correspond with one’s own wishes. It is also necessary to write a last will if special instructions or wishes are connected with your estate. In case of death, the last will determines how the inheritance will be distributed. However, you are not allowed to freely dispose of the so-called legal compulsory portion. This portion is determined by the intestate succession and amounts to half of the regular claim to an inheritance.
The so-called “Berlin will” allows mutual appointments of each spouse as sole heir. The children will not be considered before both parents are deceased. In the event of larger assets or when bequeathing a company, we recommend that you consult a notary public or a legal expert. They will help to avoid tax traps and save the work of a lifetime. Experts may also inform you on the current law.
The last will must be handwritten, bear place and date and must be signed with the full name. It is not required to have the last will certified by a notary public, but notarial or legal advice prevents vague or ambiguous wording.
Requested details regarding your funeral should not be determined in your last will since this will is usually executed at a later date. The only effective way to determine such funeral details is to enter into a pre-planned funeral contract with our funeral home.
The existence of last will brings clarity to the heirs and successors and will thus be a relief in the event of bereavement so that the surviving dependants will not be additionally burdened by having to deal with material matters.