What Responsibilities does a Representative of the Community of Heirs have? 15 Questions and Answers


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The time between when a testator dies and when there is a definite distribution of the inheritance may amount to several years, especially when there are disputes between the heirs. If during this time the heirs cannot agree on the necessary administrative procedures regarding the inheritance, and no executor has been appointed in advance, a representative of the community of heirs is often appointed by the competent authority at the request of an heir.

What responsibilities belong to a representative of the community of heirs? In the following Q&A section, we will present the foundations of heir representation, along with what the representative may and may not do.

Find the answers to the following 15 questions in our PDF:

  1. How does a community of heirs arise?
  2. What is the purpose of a community of heirs?
  3. Is a community of heirs subject to tax?
  4. Who represents the community of heirs?
  5. Under what conditions can a representative of the community of heirs be appointed?
  6. Who can be appointed as a representative of the community of heirs?
  7. Does the representative of the community of heirs act in person?
  8. For whose interests does the representative of the community of heirs advocate?
  9. What kind of representative of the community of heirs are there?
  10. What are the duties and powers of a general representative of the community of heirs?
  11. Is the general representative of the community of heirs authorized to dispose of objects of the estate?
  12. Is the representative of the community of heirs authorized to carry out capital-enhancing investments with objects of the estate?
  13. Does the representative of the community of heirs have to make an inventory?
  14. Is the representative of the community of heirs obliged to give an account of his activity?
  15. What happens if the representative of the community of heirs fails to fulfill their tasks?

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