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About us

Bernd Clasen
For over 20 years now, I have been working as an estate administrator, executor and heir finder.
As president of the BDN (Bund Deutscher Nachlasspfleger – Association of German Administrators), consultant and member of the BDN’s certification committee, member of the DVEV (Deutsche Vereinigung für Erbrecht und Vermögensnachfolge – German Association for Inheritance Law and Asset Succession), head of the DVEV’s estate administration work group and co-author of the book “Handbuch Nachlasspflegschaft” (Guide to Estate Administration), published by ZERB, I dispose over wide-ranging knowledge of and connections to all that concerns inheritance and estates.

With the help of my multilingual team, I offer fellow administrators, courts of law and private individuals my assistance in the solving of inheritance cases.

In doing so, my top priority is to support each client as best I can – be it in a big case or a smaller issue.

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Susanne Heynitz
In my role as the management’s right hand, I am responsible for the bureau’s organisational management. My professional training as an industrial clerk, along with my business administration studies, mean that I am responsible for the seamless processing and disbursement of inheritance cases.

My special talent for numbers and accounting, which I have already had the opportunity to prove in my previous occupation as an executive assistant in a large industrial enterprise, is of particular value to our bureau.



Detlef Hollatz
For almost two decades now, I have been doing professional research in inheritance cases.

In Hamburg and Philadelphia, I studied History with a concentration on migration history and North American history. My occupation as an heir finder has allowed me to expand my knowledge of the history of law and administration, as well as in the fields of inheritance law and procedural law. Investigating the fates of individuals and linking them to their historical contexts makes probate research one of the most interesting fields of work I can imagine.

You can contact me by telephone at 0049 40 4191 588 170 and by email at d.hollatz[at]global-erbenermittlung.de



Maya Feith
After studying law in Russia, I worked as an investigator for the public prosecutor's office and the police in Omsk. In our team, I successfully contribute my experience in looking for people in Eastern Europe and in dealing with offices, authorities and archives there. In order to deepen my knowledge of German and Russian inheritance law, I am studying at the University of Hamburg alongside my work.

Dr. Hubert Leschnik
I was born in Poland, but lived most of my life in Münster in Westphalia. In between I also lived, worked and studied in Spain, Russia and the USA. A few years ago, I did a PhD in history in Gießen.
I like working at GLOBAL. I liked it from the very beginning. I have nice colleagues, am part of a great team and deal with interesting people every day and the usually very exciting family history of these people. As a historian, I love this work.
You can reach me by email (gladly also in Polish, English, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Slovak or Silesian) at h.leschnik[at]global-erbenermittlung.de or at my phone number 0049 40 4191 588 207.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.



Malgorzata Thorban
As a Hamburg university graduate in Slavic studies, Eastern European studies and Sociology, I have had an active role in this office as a native Polish speaker since November 2013, especially as part of investigations in Poland. From the very beginning, I have been fascinated by the sensitive handling of documents and their genealogical contexts, as well as this occupation’s investigative component.

Dr. Torsten Lorenz
After studying Eastern European History, Slavic Studies and Political Science at the Universities of Mainz, Krakow and Cologne and a doctorate at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt / Oder, I researched and taught at universities in Germany and abroad, including the University of Vienna, the Charles University in Prague and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Due to my language skills, I mainly support our team in identifying heirs in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. What I particularly like about my job is that I learn new things every day and at the same time can apply my specialist knowledge in a targeted manner to our practical work. In addition, it is exciting for me as a historian to relate my systematic knowledge to the personal stories that I get on my desk every day. You can reach me by email at tlorenz [at] global-erbenrmittlung.de or by phone at 040 4191 588 172.

Ewa Gerkens
As a freelance interpreter, I support the heir search bureau in communicating with public offices and archives. In addition, I actively assist the management team. Furthermore, progress reports to our clients and related deadline monitoring are my responsibility. My successfully completed master’s degree in Eastern Slavic studies at Hamburg university, with emphasis on the subjects economics and Eastern European studies, is the basis for our effective cooperation. A further important aspect for investigations in Eastern Europe is my knowledge of Eastern law, which I continually seek to expand.

Willy
Willy is the name of our office dog, a Jack Russell terrier. Although he has not been to university, he is extraordinarily clever. He is always in a good mood, and his high spirits and good nose are often a source of inspiration for the heir finders.

About us

Bernd Clasen
For over 20 years now, I have been working as an estate administrator, executor and heir finder.
As president of the BDN (Bund Deutscher Nachlasspfleger – Association of German Administrators), consultant and member of the BDN’s certification committee, member of the DVEV (Deutsche Vereinigung für Erbrecht und Vermögensnachfolge – German Association for Inheritance Law and Asset Succession), head of the DVEV’s estate administration work group and co-author of the book “Handbuch Nachlasspflegschaft” (Guide to Estate Administration), published by ZERB, I dispose over wide-ranging knowledge of and connections to all that concerns inheritance and estates.

With the help of my multilingual team, I offer fellow administrators, courts of law and private individuals my assistance in the solving of inheritance cases.

In doing so, my top priority is to support each client as best I can – be it in a big case or a smaller issue.

To my website



To my Website

Susanne Heynitz
In my role as the management’s right hand, I am responsible for the bureau’s organisational management. My professional training as an industrial clerk, along with my business administration studies, mean that I am responsible for the seamless processing and disbursement of inheritance cases.

My special talent for numbers and accounting, which I have already had the opportunity to prove in my previous occupation as an executive assistant in a large industrial enterprise, is of particular value to our bureau.



Detlef Hollatz
For almost two decades now, I have been doing professional research in inheritance cases.

In Hamburg and Philadelphia, I studied History with a concentration on migration history and North American history. My occupation as an heir finder has allowed me to expand my knowledge of the history of law and administration, as well as in the fields of inheritance law and procedural law. Investigating the fates of individuals and linking them to their historical contexts makes probate research one of the most interesting fields of work I can imagine.

You can contact me by telephone at 0049 40 4191 588 170 and by email at d.hollatz[at]global-erbenermittlung.de



Maya Feith
After studying law in Russia, I worked as an investigator for the public prosecutor's office and the police in Omsk. In our team, I successfully contribute my experience in looking for people in Eastern Europe and in dealing with offices, authorities and archives there. In order to deepen my knowledge of German and Russian inheritance law, I am studying at the University of Hamburg alongside my work.

Dr. Hubert Leschnik
I was born in Poland, but lived most of my life in Münster in Westphalia. In between I also lived, worked and studied in Spain, Russia and the USA. A few years ago, I did a PhD in history in Gießen.
I like working at GLOBAL. I liked it from the very beginning. I have nice colleagues, am part of a great team and deal with interesting people every day and the usually very exciting family history of these people. As a historian, I love this work.
You can reach me by email (gladly also in Polish, English, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Slovak or Silesian) at h.leschnik[at]global-erbenermittlung.de or at my phone number 0049 40 4191 588 207.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.



Malgorzata Thorban
As a Hamburg university graduate in Slavic studies, Eastern European studies and Sociology, I have had an active role in this office as a native Polish speaker since November 2013, especially as part of investigations in Poland. From the very beginning, I have been fascinated by the sensitive handling of documents and their genealogical contexts, as well as this occupation’s investigative component.

Dr. Torsten Lorenz
After studying Eastern European History, Slavic Studies and Political Science at the Universities of Mainz, Krakow and Cologne and a doctorate at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt / Oder, I researched and taught at universities in Germany and abroad, including the University of Vienna, the Charles University in Prague and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Due to my language skills, I mainly support our team in identifying heirs in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. What I particularly like about my job is that I learn new things every day and at the same time can apply my specialist knowledge in a targeted manner to our practical work. In addition, it is exciting for me as a historian to relate my systematic knowledge to the personal stories that I get on my desk every day. You can reach me by email at tlorenz [at] global-erbenrmittlung.de or by phone at 040 4191 588 172.

Ewa Gerkens
As a freelance interpreter, I support the heir search bureau in communicating with public offices and archives. In addition, I actively assist the management team. Furthermore, progress reports to our clients and related deadline monitoring are my responsibility. My successfully completed master’s degree in Eastern Slavic studies at Hamburg university, with emphasis on the subjects economics and Eastern European studies, is the basis for our effective cooperation. A further important aspect for investigations in Eastern Europe is my knowledge of Eastern law, which I continually seek to expand.

Willy
Willy is the name of our office dog, a Jack Russell terrier. Although he has not been to university, he is extraordinarily clever. He is always in a good mood, and his high spirits and good nose are often a source of inspiration for the heir finders.

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