Karin Hochl

Attorney, lic. iur. HSG

I advise and accompany opposite- and same-sex couples in all aspects of starting and securing their family. In my areas of work in pension and estate planning, I support you, for example, in drawing up a marriage contract or a will.

Adoption, stepchild adoption

  • Advice and representation on adoption, including international circumstances
  • Appeal against adoption decisions
  • Recognition of foreign adoption judgments in Switzerland

Inheritance law

  • Prenuptial agreement, wills, inheritance agreement
  • Power of attorney, living wills
  • Distribution of estate, administration of estates
  • Execution of wills, representation of heirs
  • Sale of real estate, estate liquidations (including art and collectibles)
  • Inheritance, abatement and invalidity lawsuits and defending against them
  • Advice on tax matters

Insurance and retirement provision

  • Pension fund and 3a pillar scheme
  • Retirement and survivor’s insurance and supplementary benefits
  • Living will and power of attorney

Marriage, cohabitation, non-traditional families

  • Marriage and property law advice (e.g. marriage contract)
  • Legal protection of unmarried couples with children
  • Legal security for unmarried couples when buying real estate
  • Sale and transfer of real estate
  • Advice on taxes and pensions

Name change

  • Advice and representation on name changes of private individuals
  • Appeal against name change decisions
  • Recognition of foreign decisions concerning the name/changing of name in Switzerland​

Property law

  • Property and its use
  • Drafting of purchase contracts
  • Liens and registration of easements
  • Usufruct and right of abode
  • Capital gains tax on property
  • Property sales

​Reproductive medicine, surrogacy

  • Advice on sperm donation
  • Advice on egg donation abroad
  • Advice on surrogacy abroad (e.g. USA and other countries)
  • Recognition of child-parent relationship established abroad through surrogacy in Switzerland
  • Recognition of foreign judgments (e.g. adoption) in Switzerland
    Representation in proceedings before civil registry offices (registration of the child)

Same-sex couples and LGBTs

  • Partnership law, cohabitation
  • Family planning for same-sex couples, including international circumstances
  • Cooperation with organisation Swiss Rainbow Families
  • Advice and representation in the adoption process
  • Name change
  • Property settlement agreement, wills, inheritance agreement
  • Tax and pension advice 


German, English, French


Addmitted to the bar, canton of Berne
Licentiate University St. Gallen (HSG)
1986 – 1989
Commercial apprenticeship, Winterthur

Further training

National Conference for Rainbow Families, speaker, Bern
Conference “children for all” of the Center of family science, speaker, Basel
International Surrogacy Forum, University of Cambridge
National and international approach to regulating surrogacy, University of Lausanne
Testifying ability from a geriatric point of view, Inheritance Law Section, Zurich
International Surrogacy Symposium IAML, London
„Future of reproductive medicine“, Conference Universität Zürich
Matrimonial property law (SJWZ event)
Estate planning in practice (SJWZ event)
Combined prenuptial/inheritance agreements (Specialist Unit Inheritance Law)
Supplementary services and inheritance law (Specialist Unit Inheritance Law)
Changes in the law on immovable property (SJWZ conference)

Professional activities

Founded Schaub Hochl Rechtsanwälte AG (Incorporated)
Partner in the law firm Schaub Hochl
2005 – 2006
Lawyer in a Winterthur-based law firm
2003 – 2005
Legal adviser at Protekta Legal Protection Insurance in Berne
2002 – 2003
Legal consultant at the court of the first instance in the canton of Berne
Legal consultant in a Berne-based law firm
Legal consultant at the Superior Court in the canton of Berne
1997 – 1999
Administrative assistant in a St. Gallen-based law firm
1993 – 1996
Touring theatre company in Zurich
1986 – 1990
Commercial apprenticeship in a Winterthur-based law firm


  • Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations
  • Specialist Unit Inheritance Law of the Zurich Bar Association
  • Specialist Unit Family Law of the Zurich Bar Association
  • Successio Association
  • Legal Services Pro Juventute, Inheritance Law
  • Umbrella organisation Rainbow Families
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Family Law (Alternative Families Committee, Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee)