My father passed away recently, he was a German citizen but lived in Italy for about 20 years. He passed away in Italy.
I am an Australian citizen and after my parents divorced we moved form Germany to Australia.
He met a woman and continued living with her from early 90s till his death. They were not married, he lived in house and paid her every month for board.
I am not able to go to Europe for various reasons but I want to claim inheritance and also claim some of his personal effects like childhood photographs. I am aware he is being cremated, how would I also claim some or all of his ashes?
I don't think he owned any properties but I think he may have had investments, bank accounts.
a) I am aware usually you would contact notary public to claim inheritance in Germany. How would I do this if he resided in Italy?
b) Does German law recognise de facto arrangements for the purposes of beneficiaries to a will or inheritance?
c) In Australia, beneficiaries inherit the deceased superannuation/pension that they saved - is this the same as Germany?
Any advise would help.