Originally Posted by Billi
I am astonished about your very generous laws. In Germany you of course inherit everything, the assets and the debts. Of course you can relinquish the inheritance but in this case you don't refuse only the debts, but also the assets.
Perhaps I wasn't clear. The debts have to be paid out of the assets of the estate - the heirs get anything that's left at the end. But the heirs will never be left with a debt; at worst, they'll get nothing.