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Information on custody, delivery obligation and opening of wills.

The special official custody of wills and inheritance contracts at the probate court is intended to ensure their safe storage until death and their rapid discovery after the death of the testator.

  • Notarial wills are placed directly by the notary notary at the probate court in special official custody.
  • The place of custody for handwritten wills is freely chosen by the testator. In order to ensure that they are found, the testator may also opt for special official custody with a probate court.
  • Inheritance contracts can be placed in special official custody or kept with the notary.

After the death of the testator, any will that is not already in special official custody must be delivered to the probate court without delay.
The probate court opens all dispositions upon death as soon as it becomes aware of the testator's death. All parties to the proceedings shall be informed of the contents of the dispositions concerning them upon death.


Further information can also be found on the websites of the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Europe of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (MJKE) and the Federal Chamber of Notaries.

  • Law of succession
  • Register of wills
  • §§ 2248, 2259 Civil Code (BGB),
  • §§ 346 - 351 Family Procedure Act (FamFG),
  • § 34 Beurkundungsgesetz (BeurkG).

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  • §§ 2248 ff. BGB
  • §§ 346 ff. FamFG
  • § 34 BeurkG

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