Assets abroad

Assets abroad can take many different forms – as real estate, bank accounts, funds or securities accounts, or as corporate investments.In any case, special rules must be observed. Ownership and administration often entail tax consequences, in that the asset itself, but also its income, is taxed, even domestically. The transfer of assets by gift or inheritance often requires special effort – wills and certificates of inheritance are often not recognised abroad. And the transfer of assets is often taxed abroad and then again domestically. However, many problems can be avoided with the right form.

The Topics

  • Which assets are located abroad?
  • Who is the direct owner of the assets?
  • Are the accesses to accounts and facilities known?
  • Who earns the income from the assets?
  • Are these objects inherited according to German or to foreign law?
  • Must a foreign will be drawn up for assets abroad?
  • Can assets abroad be structured in such a way as to avoid a change of assets there?
  • Can double taxation on income and change of assets be avoided?

Round Table

We rightly talk about these topics in our Round Table meetings. The Round Table is an action of Herfurth & Partner and serves to clarify and secure wishes and decisions in the family in connection with assets, provision and succession.

The next dates can be found in the Round Table section (blue box on the homepage).


Further information on many topics can be found in the Publications section (right).

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Angelika Herfurth

Attorney at law and specialist lawyer for family law

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