German-Australian Estate Planning

We advise clients from Australia in all matters connected with international estate planning, including, but not limited to:

  • Reviewing existing wills;
  • Designing and drafting both Australian wills and German wills (Testamente);
  • Structuring Australian trusts to avoid or minimize German estate, inheritance or gift tax liabilities;
  • Advising on the use of Joint Accounts and the appointment of successor beneficiaries to allow for the transfer of assets outside of probate;
  • Advising on German inheritance tax (Erbschaftssteuer) / gift tax (Schenkungssteuer) and;
  • Preparing advance care directives, appointment of medical treatment decision maker and enduring power of attorney for Germany.