The family law and inheritance law firm

For many years, the Düsseldorf-based law firm has worked exclusively in the fields of family law and inheritance law. We consider legal services to include not only representation in court, but also preventative advice for our clients.

Our specialist lawyers

Dr. Ludwig Leidinger

Lawyer
Specialist in family law

Born in 1957
Studied in Cologne, Geneva and Münster
Lawyer since 1986
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Michael Grüßenmeyer

Lawyer
Specialist in family law
Specialist in inheritance law

Born in 1965
Studied in Freiburg
Lawyer since 1995
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Lukas Deppenkemper

Lawyer
Maître en droit
Specialist in family law

Born in 1987
Studied in Düsseldorf and Cergy-Pontoise, France
Gives advice in English and French
Lawyer since 2016
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Isabelle Jung

Lawyer
Focus on family law

Born in 1990
Studied in Düsseldorf
Gives advice in English
er since 2018
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Family law

Family law forms the legal framework for marriage, families and cohabitation. In Germany, it consists of the provisions in the German Civil Code, which govern parental responsibility, marriage, maintenance, matrimonial property and pension rights. We also consider family law to include the specifics that apply to all legal relationships between family members. Only in-depth expertise can provide the basis for sound and comprehensive legal advice.

Family law helps: with separation, divorce and the rights of the children, with maintenance, the sharing of pension rights and matrimonial property, with real estate, debts, asset transfers, with trusts and endowments.

Family law can be set out in a contract: prenuptial agreement or divorce settlement. Fair arrangements promote family relationships and their resolution. This can frequently prevent family disputes from escalating.

Inheritance law

We help our clients to arrange their fortune. This includes not only their active life, but also the end of life. Knowing that everything has been arranged gives our clients security and quality of life.

Inheritance law is forward-looking: donations, wills, endowments and trusts regulate things that will only become relevant later. It makes sense to attend to your own estate early on. Entrepreneurs must plan for the future just as much as independent professions. Life situations, whether it is a marriage or a co-habitation, frequently change after just a few years, making wills and contracts of inheritance invalid.

Testators who actively settle their estate secure the future – of their wife, their husband, their children, their partner.

Beneficiaries who receive sound legal advice avoid losses and personal quarrels.

International law

In our days, families and couples are becoming increasingly international, either due to relationships between people of different nationalities or due to assets located abroad.

International law governs which law applies and which courts have jurisdiction. Some of these legal implications can be arranged by contractual agreements or a will.

International cases require extensive deliberations as to which law will provide better solutions in the individual case. If a lawsuit can be filed in different states, speed is sometimes of the essence, as it is often the first suit to be filed that prevails.

We provide advice on the international legal framework as well as on the applicable foreign law. With our expertise, we help private individuals as well as fellow lawyers from other fields of law and from other countries.

WHL Kanzlei für Familien- und Erbrecht

Kapellstr. 12
40479 Düsseldorf


Phone: +49211 499886-0
Fax: +49211 499886-18

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Member of Deutscher Familiengerichtstag e.V. (German Family Court Congress)