We can also assist you when it comes to individual law with all contract-related issues: e.g.
if you want to have a contract checked by a lawyer before you sign it;
if you have signed a contract but wish to withdraw from this or revoke it;
if you have signed a contract and the other party is not meeting its obligations.
Real Estate Law
We will assist you for instance
when purchasing and selling real estate;
if you require a credit and wish (or are obliged) to lay down a land charge or mortgage on your land plot or residence;
if you wish to lease or rent apartments and want to use a contract for this or have it checked;
if you – as a tenant either of commercial or residential property - have problems with your landlord or tenants (due to increases in rent, renovations, accounting, defects, cosmetic repairs).
Matters of legal taxation are at least as important in property law as matters of judicial law. This is where our one-stop for legal and taxation advice will prove its value.
As well as advice on individual questions, we provide comprehensive consultation and representation in case of
Separation or divorce with handling of divorce effects,
Right of contact and access,
Compensation for increase in value,
Pension rights adjustment.
We can also offer you, in the area of family law, a joint consultation on legal and taxation issues - the latter being equally important for maintenance, pension rights and adjustment and compensation for increase in value.
In such cases, it is important a consultation takes place as early as possible:
How can a sensible solution be reached promptly to prevent disputes about custody and access rights placing unnecessary strains on the children?
What is the best way to prevent, right from the outset, assets depreciating after separation to reduce maintenance claims or claims for increased compensation? What business and taxation design options are permissible to prevent excessively high payments?
A joint legal and taxation consultation is important in such cases in order to set the correct course early on.
How can an amicable solution be found to all matters in a nuptial agreement prior to divorce so that the divorce is merely one short appointment with no disputed points?
In every case we will be guided first and foremost by your own requirements: we can handle matters as fairly as possible and act in the interest of all parties or else consistently represent the interests of one party.
We can provide you with advice on legal and taxation matters when putting together your will. Ensure you obtain advice early on in order to exploit all the options for making your ideas of how your inheritance should be dealt with a reality:
Are certain individuals to be particularly safeguarded?
Who is entitled to a statutory share, what does this mean and how can we influence the statutory share?
How can the succession and the taxation burden be deliberately influenced using sensible endowments during your lifetime so you can still profit from your estate yourself?
How can taxation benefits be attained (maximising tax exempt amounts by contributions subject to a condition subsequent, endowment in due time while alive for repeated exploitation of tax exempt amounts)?
Entrepreneurial wills are a particularly complex topic. With these it is important to ensure that the company can continue to exist even in case of inheritance and does not have to be ruined due to compensation payments to fellow heirs or those entitled to statutory shares or due to excessive inheritance tax burdens.
Securing the long-term existence of the company by means of a sound nuptial agreement and by appropriate clauses in the company contract is however just as important as an entrepreneurial will.
Another important topic is the increasing number of international inheritance cases i.e. inheritance cases with a foreign basis, either because the deceased or at least one of the heirs lives abroad or where at least a part of the estate is located abroad. In such cases checks need to be made and there is a need to consider which inheritance jurisdiction is applicable, what sorts of consequences this has (there is no entitlement to statutory share in many foreign jurisdictions for instance) and the extent to which you can use your own influence e.g. by selecting the applicable jurisdiction. Taking into account taxation aspects is equally important in this context, too. The threat of double taxation looms more frequently than one might imagine with international inheritance cases and this can have fatal consequences for finances.
Besides setting up a will, we will assist you in handling legal and taxation matters with inheritance cases here too. As sad as the death of a close person is, there is nonetheless much to be considered and done:
Accepting or renouncing the inheritance;
Bringing to bear liability restrictions;
Applying for a certificate of inheritance;
Contact with fellow heirs, entitlement to statutory shares, legatees and will executors where applicable;
Enforcement and defence of rights to information and payment;