Absence Act

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Basic data
Title: Absence Act
Previous title: Law on disappearance,
declaration of death and
determination of the time of death
Abbreviation: VerschG
Type: Federal law
Scope: Federal Republic of Germany
Legal matter: Civil law , procedural law
References : 401-6
Original version from: July 4, 1939
( RGBl. I p. 1186)
Entry into force on: July 15, 1939
New announcement from: January 15, 1951
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 63 )
Last change by: Art. 182 Regulation of August 31, 2015
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 1474, 1502 )
Effective date of the
last change:
September 8, 2015
(Art. 627 of August 31, 2015)
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The Absence Act is a pre-constitutional German federal law that was originally issued on July 4, 1939.

It regulates the case that a person is missing , in particular missing . Section I of the Act contains the requirements for a declaration of death and presumptions of life and death. The procedure is regulated in the following sections II to IV.

Until the disappearance of the law came into force, the disappearance and the declaration of death of persons were regulated in §§ 13-20 BGB.

In Austrian law , the Death Declaration Act (TEG) corresponds to the Absence Act .

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