Guiding Families Through
International Probate Since 2003

A German Law Firm Specializing in International Probate Services
for U.S. Families and Attorneys

International probate issues require specialized experience, and that’s precisely what clients get when they choose Graf & Partners, LLP. Since 2003, the team at Graf & Partners, LLP has advised clients on a wide range of German-American legal issues. Whether you need assistance with international property inheritance, contentious probate, estate planning or the preparation of wills which cover European assets, the team at Graf & Partners, LLP can guide you through the process. Our lawyers are well-versed in German and European law and can advise American clients through the probate and inheritance process. Learn more about us by exploring our site, or contact us now to discuss your legal needs.

Preserving the Estates of U.S. Clients in Central Europe

Preserving the Estates
of U.S. Clients
in Central Europe

How We Help

How We Help

Probate & Estate

Graf & Partners, LLP can help executors secure a Letter of Administration or Grant of Probate in Germany, England, Switzerland, Austria, and more.


Many issues can complicate the probate process. Graf & Partners, LLP can help beneficiaries navigate contentious probate issues.

Will Preparation &
Estate Planning

If you have international assets, Graf & Partners, LLP can help ensure that your future estate planning needs are taken care of.

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I first contacted Bernhard in April 2017 with regards to an international probate matter relating to a very close family member who was British and had been living in Germany and had been involved in a fatal accident whilst holidaying in Ireland. Not only did Bernhard reply immediately in a most sympathetic and caring manner he was very clear in his advice and made arrangements for us to meet when I visited Munich shortly after. From day 1 until 2 years later he and his colleagues have provided us an outstanding amount of high-quality services and advice. His patience and understanding have gone well beyond what we could have expected and he has been our most important advisor and representative when dealing with the various German authorities. The amount of time and effort he has put into helping us and the detail he has always provided has been very much appreciated by our family during what has been a most difficult period in our lives. We would recommend Graf & Partners to anyone, particularly, if you have an international probate case that involves various countries. Our case involved matters in England, Germany, Ireland, and Australia
Steve Malkin, Former ClientAustralia
I would thoroughly recommend Graf & Partners, we were fortunate enough to be left an inheritance from a German relative who had been domiciled in the UK for over 60 years. Part of the estate was commercial property that was subject to strict local licensing laws. Before working with Bernhard we were lost, spending money with many organizations and getting inconsistent advice. Bernhard was a breath of fresh air, clearly explaining the laws, procedures and how we could navigate all aspects of settling the estate and ultimately liquidating the assets. I cannot thank Bernhard and Graf Partners enough for removing a huge amount of stress from us.
Graeme McKee, Former ClientScotland, UK
Our firm regularly encounters estates for individuals residing in the United States with assets, family or ancillary probate matters in Europe. Attorney Bernhard Schmeilzl has provided quick, competent and thorough counsel to our firm for German-related probate matters. I should note that Attorney Schmeilzl’s English is flawless, making him a great fit for probate matters in both German and English-speaking countries. I look forward to working with him again in the future.
Matthew J. Lidinsky, AttorneyTowson, MD
I have worked with Bernhard Schmeilzl on multiple matters, and highly recommend his service. He has a clear understanding of US law, as well as applicable law in Europe. He has always been very responsive (despite the time difference) and communicates well. When working with Bernhard, I am confident matters will progress forward efficiently.
Kennedy E. Lee, AttorneyLas Vegas, NV

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