German-American Estate Planning

We frequently advise clients from common law jurisdictions in all matters connected with international estate planning, including, but not limited to:

  • Reviewing existing wills
  • Designing and drafting both U.S. wills and German testaments
  • Structuring U.S.-based trusts to avoid or minimize German estate, inheritance or gift tax liabilities
  • Advising on the use of Payable on Death accounts and the appointment of successor beneficiaries to allow for the transfer of assets outside of probate
  • Advising on U.S. federal estate tax and the German-American Double-Taxation Treaty controlling the states and double taxation
  • Preparing living wills and health care proxies for both the U.S. and Germany