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probate research

In Switzerland, in the event of the death of a person, the state is obliged under Article 555 of the Swiss Civil Code to find those entitled to inherit. If no will or contract of inheritance was left, the estate will be divided according to the legal succession. In the case of direct relatives (persons of the first and second parentel), these are usually easy to determine. However, if this is not the case, it can become more difficult to find other beneficiaries. If the responsible authorities are unsuccessful, potential heirs are called upon to report within a year. The right to inheritance must be proven by means of the necessary documents. For this purpose, for example, the absence of close relatives must also be proven, which can be very time-consuming and complex.

We offer the following assistance:

  • Identification of heirs

  • Proof of inheritance rights

  • Estate processing up to the distribution of the inheritance according to statutory inheritance quotas

Because many people in such a situation are not even aware that they are possible heirs, we proactively search and contact them and offer them our representation.  For heirs represented by us, this means practically no effort. Since we do not require any advance payment or the like, there is no financial risk for the heir. We will order the necessary documents from the registry offices at our expense, for which a power of attorney from the person represented is required.  We only charge our fee when the inheritance has been paid out. This means that if you do not receive an inheritance, you will not incur any costs.

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