Parents and offspring: If I am survived by a spouse and children, the spouse (on the one hand) and the children (collectively, on the other) will now each receive the same minimum amount, i.e. at least 1/4 of the estate. In total, then, they receive half. I am free to choose what happens with the other half of the estate.
Registered partner and parents: If am survived by a registered partner and my parents, I can now leave my entire estate to my partner. This also applies to spouses. This reflects the discontinuation of the compulsory share for parents.
Singe/divorced and offspring: If, as a single or divorced person, I leave behind children, I am now free to choose what happens with 1/2 of my estate (1/4 of the estate more than under prevailing law).
In the process of divorce and children: If I am in the process of getting divorced and leave behind children, I can now decide what happens with 3/4 of my estate. For example, I can leave the entire estate to my children.
Spouse and parents: If I am survived by a spouse, but no offspring, and my parents are still alive, I am free to choose what happens with the 5/8 of my estate remaining after the compulsory share for my spouse (i.e. freedom to choose what happens to 1/8 more of my estate following the discontinuation of the compulsory share for parents). I am free to leave the entire estate to my surviving spouse.
Spouse and joint offspring: If I am survived by a spouse and our joint offspring, I can grant a usufruct to my spouse for the entire share of the estate to be inherited by my children. I can also leave my spouse a share of the estate – now up to half. This is 1/4 more than previously. This scenario can also apply to registered partnerships because the new adoption law, effective as of 1 January 2018, allows the registered partner to adopt their partner’s children.