Kinga M. Weiss

Kinga M. Weiss

Dr. iur., LL.M., TEP, Attorney at Law / Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law




Direct phone: +41 58 658 56 80

Curriculum Vitae

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Kinga M. Weiss is a partner and co-chair of the Private Clients team of Walder Wyss. She primarily devotes her time to domestic and foreign private clients, banks and family offices. Her areas of expertise are centered around both private clients and entrepreneurs in matters of inheritance law, including marital property law, relating to estate planning, business succession and execution of wills. Cross-border cases account for the bulk of her field of action. Besides, she also supports clients with relocation, asset structuring, trust and endowment matters and tax affairs. She regularly holds speeches and publishes articles in and outside of Switzerland. Kinga M. Weiss was a member of the Expert Commission on the revision of the Swiss Private International Law Act on inheritance law. She chairs the Schulthess Forum conference and is the country correspondent for Trusts & Trustees, the leading international journal on trust law and practice and the official journal of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.

She is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association (IBA), the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law as well as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

Born in 1969, Kinga M. Weiss was educated at the University of Zurich (lic.iur. 1996, Dr.iur. 1999) and New York University School of Law (LL.M. 2003). In 2000 she passed the bar and qualified as an attorney and in 2011 she graduated as certified specialist SBA inheritance law. She has working experience as clerk at the District Court of Meilen and as attorney for several years with a major Zurich law firm.

Kinga M. Weiss speaks German, English and Hungarian. She is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

Revision of Swiss International Inheritance Law

Revision of Swiss international inheritance law

Protection of the (heir)contractual heir against lifetime grants - Quo vadis?

Selected Federal Supreme Court decisions from December 2022 to June 2023 with a focus on substantive law and procedural law

Selected Federal Court decisions from December 2022 to June 2023 with a focus on substantive law and a focus on procedural law

Case law on Swiss jurisdiction in inheritance litigation

The draft for a Swiss trust: A Big Throw or Just Missed is Also Missing?

Swiss participation in acquired property and German community of accrued gains in international matters - characteristics and structuring options, with special consideration of art. 216 CC

Presentation on the most important decisions of the Federal Supreme Court in inheritance law from May 2022 to December 2022

Commented sample lawsuits on right of individuals inheritance and property law (Volume III)

Crime and Punishment: Cross Border Information Gathering and Asset Tracing

Panel Discussion: Challenging wealth and estate planning issues in dealing with the United States and US persons

Art. 216 CC as a planning aid for spouses with German nationality - illustrated by concrete examples

Most important decisions of the Federal Supreme Court in 2022 - focus on substantive issues

Position paper on the proposed draft bill for the introduction of a Swiss trust

Introduction of a Swiss trust law

Schulthess Forum Erbrecht (Tagungsleitung)

ACTEC International Estate Planning Committee / 2022 Country Summaries, Highlights and Developments

Einführung des Schweizer Trusts

Introduction of the Swiss Trust

Outlook on the planned revision of the inheritance law provisions in the IPRG

Corporate inheritance law III: legal development and family governance (conference management)

Revised inheritance law: current need for action

Corporate inheritance law II: valuation and financing (conference management)

The protection of the enterprise in matrimonial law

Corporate inheritance law I: legal challenges – practical cases (conference management)

Adopted, illegitimate or artificially conceived children in inheritance law

New inheritance law effective as of 1 January 2023

New inheritance law effective as of 1 January 2023

Unternehmensnachfolge unter Einbezug der Familie

Erbrecht 2021 (Tagungsleitung)

I wouldn’t hesitate to choose this path again

Inheritance 2020: Developments in inheritance law (conference management)

The end of the nuclear family? Adopted, illegitimate or artificially produced children under inheritance law and as beneficiaries in national and international relationships

Private Wealth 2020 - Chapter Switzerland

Entry of family foundations in the commercial register

Corporate Inheritance Law quo vadis? Assessment of the Pre-Draft of the Swiss Federal Council on Corporate Succession

Inheritance law in 2020 - conference management

Digital estate and inheritance law

Templates for marital and inheritance agreements

Relocation to and departure from Switzerland

Conference chair (changes in estate planning) and speech (revision of SPILA)

The conflict-of-law rules on successions - Thoughts on current reform project

Protection of the company in marital and inheritance law

Planning Cross-Border Succession Multiple Wills: using multijurisdictional and seperate situs wills when owning assets in and outside the EU

Relocation of individuals to and departure from Switzerland

SPILA Revision

Inheritance Law 2019: Changes in estate planning - challenges for the practice

Draft Act and Dispatch on the New Swiss Inheritance Legislation

The EU Regulations on property for spouses and registered partners

EU-Property Law Regulations for spouses and registered partners - A first analysis and outline of impacts for advising in Switzerland

EU-Marital Property Law Regulation - Impacts and risks for succession planning

Matrimonial Property Law and Inheritance Law

Reform efforts in the field of Swiss Succession Law

The founder – level of influence on foundation and limits

Marital property in the international environment

Switzerland: International Standards and Swiss Inheritance Law

International estate planning – Review of the European Regulation on Succession Law with regard to matrimonial property regimes

International estate planning – Initial practical experience with EU Regulation on Succession Law

The legal profession and family

Effects of the EU Regulation on Succession Law in Switzerland

Cross-Border Successions in the EU Area – Implementation of the EU Succession Regulation as of 17 August 2015

Succession planning for entrepreneurs

Successions with regard to third countries

Succession. Division. Dispute?

Succession. Division. Dispute?

EU Succession Regulation, overview and introduction – Plenary session 1

EU Succession Regulation – The gaps and pitfalls from a Swiss perspective

EU Succession Regulation – New planning options and risks

Succession planning for Russian clients in Switzerland

The qualification of care services by family members and their significance in the law of succession

EU Succession Regulation – new challanges for the international estate planning from a Swiss perspective

Impact of the European Succession Regulation on crop-boarder successions from Swiss perspective

The European succession Regulation and Switzerland

Private assistance and care services and their inclusion in the inheritance law

Inheritance and Estate Tax Switzerland

Residence or habitual residence Application difficulties of the EU Succession Regulation towards Switzerland

International succession cases under consideration of the EU Succession Regulation

Action on execution of inheritance partition agreement or action on partition of inheritance

EU Succession Regulation

Living will and cross-border successions between EU and Switzerland

Acquisition of real estate by spouses

Treatment of Trusts in Switzerland

Advance Directive

Inheritance tax law reform in Switzerland

Business succession for family businesses

Succession planning for family businesses

The Law on the Protection of Adults

The Prospectus Liability in International Private Law under Consideration of US, English and German Law

Entitlement of the foreign executor to the estate and his power of disposal over it