Operation of a trade after the death of the trader without a qualified representative permit

After the death of a trader, the trade may, on behalf of the surviving spouse or surviving partner of the minor heirs during the minor the administrator of the estate, the caretaker of the estate or the executor of the will as a rule, only by alternates(s) qualified in accordance with Section 45 of the German Commercial Code (GewO). On request, the competent authority may allow the trade to be operated without such a representative for a period of one year after the death of the trader. This does not affect the specific regulations existing for individual trades (e.g. crafts).

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If necessary, identity card or passport If necessary, additional documents are required, which result from the relevant specialist law. Please contact the appropriate body.


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Lower Saxony Ministry of Economy, Labour and Transport

Last update or date of publication
13.09.2018