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Contingency Planning Lawyers

In the middle of an active, busy (working) life, many families and business owners are reluctant to even consider the possibility of an accident or illness. As a result, contingency planning tends to be neglected. When something does happen, it often turns out there is no general power of attorney or enduring power of attorney for care or healthcare in place, and nobody thought of a living will or final will.

Proactive contingency planning helps to ensure that your family or family-owned business has legal capacity at all times. Our Private Clients experts help you draw up an emergency planning checklist that covers all the key legal and financial aspects.

Contingency planning for the family

Important contingency planning issues in the private sphere include the following:

  • Is a general power of attorney in place to ensure that the family still has legal capacity if a family member is out of action?
  • Does the family member have a living will to indicate how he or she wishes to be treated medically (e.g. life-prolonging treatments)? This will make it easier for family members to deal with the situation.
  • Does an enduring power of attorney for care or healthcare designate who should take decisions on everyday legal matters and relating to the assets of the family member if the latter is no longer able to act?
  • Does a will specify who receives the assets if the family member dies suddenly?

Contingency planning for business owners

If a partner or shareholder is incapacitated for an extended period, it could paralyse the entire company, depending on the provisions in the articles of association. Accordingly, (managing) partners or shareholders should draw up a contingency plan that addresses the following questions, in addition to their personal affairs:

  • Is a general power of attorney in place which allows a third party to take over the duties of the partner or shareholder affected by the emergency?
  • Should different people be named in the power of attorney for business-related matters than for private affairs?
  • Does the contingency plan deal with succession in the event that the partner or shareholder is permanently unable to perform his or her duties?
  • Are the contingency plans aligned with the articles of association?

Contingency planning for foreign assets

If some assets are located outside Germany or, even more importantly, if family members live abroad, the legal provisions of each country must be taken into account in contingency planning. In such cases we draw on experienced private wealth experts from across the international CMS organisation to serve our clients.

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Hans Christian Blum
Hans Christian Blum
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Erbrecht (Certified lawyer for inheritance law) | Global Co-Head of Private Clients Group, CMS | Head of Private Clients Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Cologne
Germany, Stuttgart
Hans Christian Blum advises entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. His clients primarily aim at protecting and preserving family businesses/family assets as well as keeping peace in the...
Thomas J. Meyer
Dr. Thomas J. Meyer
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Thomas J. Meyer advises commercial investors on buying and selling properties, commercial leases and all other legal issues pertaining to real estate. He is furthermore a renowned private client...
Michael Schellenberger
Dr. Michael Schellenberger, Mag. rer. publ.
Coun­sel
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Erbrecht (Certified lawyer for inheritance law)
Germany, Stuttgart
Michael Schellenberger assists business owners and high net worth individuals with their asset structuring, corporate investment management, succession planning and matrimonial regime issues. He...
Dirk Schauer
Dr. Dirk Schauer
Coun­sel
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Erbrecht (Certified lawyer for inheritance law)
Germany, Stuttgart
Dirk Schauer advises entrepreneurs and private clients on national and international asset and corporate succession planning, including the structuring of asset transfers (as lifetime dispositions...
Luise Uhl-Ludäscher
Luise Uhl-Ludäscher, Dipl.-Ökonomin, Dipl.-Finanzwirtin (FH)
Coun­sel
Tax Adviser
Germany, Stuttgart
Luise Uhl-Ludäscher specialises in tax planning, advising medium-sized family businesses and there owners and families as well as high-net-worth individuals on corporate succession and estate ...
Philine Lindner
Philine Lindner
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Steuerrecht (Certified lawyer for tax law)
Germany, Hamburg
Philine Lindner specialises in advising medium-sized companies and groups on domestic and cross-border corporate tax law matters. With special expertise in reorganisation tax law, she handles...
Jasper Stallmann
Dr. Jasper Stallmann
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Jasper Stallmann advises private clients, entrepreneurial families and family offices on corporate succession and asset planning including cross-border aspects. He focuses on inheritance law and the...
Michael Heuser
Dr. Michael Heuser
As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Stuttgart
Michael Heuser assists entrepreneurs and private clients on national and international asset and corporate succession planning with special expertise in the law on foundations, the execution of...