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Forced heirship

Forced heirship is a generally indefeasible right that protects a testator’s spouse, descendants and parents by granting them a cash amount equal to half of their share of the inheritance on intestacy. They are entitled to this amount even if the testator has expressly disinherited them. Siblings, nephews, nieces, uncles and aunts, by contrast, cannot be forced heirs.

For further details
Inheritance law glossary (Download)
Flyer: “Register of wills: a safe place for your legacy” (Download) (In German only)
Information pages of the Central Register of Wills