An 80-year-old document provides a abstruse nobility dispute in NRW

Powerful dominating the small town of Bad Berleburg in the deep South of Westphalia: to Sayn, The castle and home of Gustav Prince-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, a nep

An 80-year-old document provides a abstruse nobility dispute in NRW

Powerful dominating the small town of Bad Berleburg in the deep South of Westphalia: to Sayn, The castle and home of Gustav Prince-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, a nephew of Queen Margarethe of Denmark. In a for a long time most bitterly fought dispute over the family property - in addition to the castle it comprises mainly large private forest ownership was now the competent court is clear: Gustav's heritage and it should remain that way. A Cousin of his father had been trying in vain to make him this claim.

On Thursday informed the upper regional court of Hamm finally, the 2019 issued certificate of inheritance to be legal. The court thus rejected the complaint of the bathroom Laaspher to Sayn wind energy entrepreneur Ludwig Ferdinand Prinz Wittgenstein-Berleburg. He had unsuccessfully argued that Gustav did not fulfil the conditions of the times of the Second world war, originating Testament. And so the dispute turned on the question of whether the woman is allowed to be on the side of the castle Lord, a Commoner.

inherit under special conditions

review: The 13. March 2017 was Sayn Gustav's father, the longtime head of the house Richard Prince-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and died. A year later, the potential heirs in front of the agriculture court met in Bad Berleburg, Germany, including Gustav and the Cousin of the deceased, Ludwig Ferdinand. The court issued the certificate of inheritance for Gustav – I don't want to accept Ludwig Ferdinand. to Sayn picture alliance / Guido Kirchner/dpa Gustav Prince-Wittgenstein-Berleburg at the funeral of his father Richard, in March 2017

the basis is a Testament, that had not placed the deceased Richard, but whose father Gustav-Albrecht even in times of war. The family-owned holding together, he had used his son as a so-called provisional heir and then determined that his yet unborn grandchildren should inherit the estate, but only under special conditions, such as a lawyer, Henrich Schleifenbaum explained, the Ludwig-Ferdinand represents.

nobles Argument quashed

His shield in accordance with a clause that now his client professions: heritage, could be, or remain, who, in discussing a marriage with a woman of this ten-page hand-written document, the nobleman is born, so grinding the tree. Gustav is not married, but lives since many years in a solid partnership with a Civic. For grinding the tree is not clear: "The testator wanted to have that on the side of the heads of the house there is a woman who is not born noble."

The judges at the court of appeal saw in this and other arguments, but apparently not an obstacle to the legality of the certificate of inheritance. "The OLG based its decision in great detail, with all the legal issues in detail are set apart and also the historical and family connections in regard to appreciated the Kingdom," said the victorious Gustav on request. He can breathe a sigh of relief: The court has admitted the appeal at the next instance.

constitutional complaint in the conversation

The other side of the legal game looks still, room and announced to consider all the possibilities, the decision to amend but, said advocate grinding, tree of the German press Agency on Thursday. A constitutional complaint was in the interview: "I'm going to recommend to my client urgently, to deal with them."

Gustav looks, however, "clearly confirms" its interpretation of the law. Details, he did not want to call, according to his spokesman. In a previous opinion on the first instance decision in March 2019, which is found in the regional press, he had run in the Testament above-mentioned conditions from the time of the national socialism could no longer be used as a basis for a claim for a certificate of Inheritance used. Such ideas have no legal and moral basis.

According to the now fallen decision in his favor, repeated Gustav, in addition, that he regret it, that I smashed against the side of the courts. As a result, the Reputation of the family had been damaged, he is convinced. More News from the world of culture and entertainment

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Updated Date: 30 July 2020, 20:26

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