Inheritance Tax for US citizens - 10 year domicile law

By zagzig in Finance,
Dear TTers,   I've had a look through other threads and haven't found the relevant information.  My apologies if I missed it.   Unfortunately, my mother (US citizen and resident) was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness and wants to update her will.  I am a US citizen who has been a resident in Germany since 2010 and a permanent resident (Niederlassung) since last year.  I read on this website that "a U.S. citizen is deemed to be domiciled in the U.S. if he has not been domiciled in Germany for more than 10 years" and that inheritance tax liability for US citizens with German residency only applies after 10 years residency here.   I contacted one of the attorneys from this website and had a brief chat on the phone about this issue.  He said that the law is written as described on the website.  However, the inheritance tax office (Erbsteuerstelle in Kaufbeuren) usually treats any US citizen with residency status in Germany as tax liable, i.e. as if the person has been a resident for 10 years.  He said that one could probably contest this in court, but that would involve a legal battle and ensuing costs.   Has anyone had experience with such a situation?  If so, what was the outcome?    Also, could anyone recommend an attorney (or possibly tax adviser) in Munich with experience in such situations?  The attorney I spoke with from the website is in Berlin.   Thanks in advance for your Input!
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