Generally, under German law the testator is free to determine the distribution of his property upon his death by means of a testamentary Disposition (testamentary freedom). The testator is free to appoint heirs and to assign shares in his estate as sees fit. A testator is also free to modify or revoke a testament prior to death. The testator can choose between two forms of regular testaments: the public testament, and the holographic testament. Spouses and registered same sex life partners can make a Joint testament.

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