Karin Hochl

Lawyer, lic. iur. HSG

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

Reproductive medicine and surrogacy

  • Advice on surrogacy abroad (USA)
  • Recognition in Switzerland of child relationships created abroad through surrogacy

Same-sex couples and LGBTs

  • Partnership law, cohabitation
  • Family planning for same-sex couples (including international relationships)
  • Cooperation with umbrella organisation Rainbow Families and Family Project
  • Change of name and sex change
  • Property settlement agreement, wills, inheritance agreement
  • Matters relating to tax and pension law

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

Insurance and retirement provision

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

Marital law and divorce

  • Advice on marital and matrimonial property law (including for unmarried couples)
  • Separation (separation agreement)
  • Divorce (divorce decree), including international relationships (IPRG)
  • Division of on matrimonial property
  • Sale or transfer of real estate
  • Matters relating to tax and pension law
  • Settlement of maintenance payments

Debt enforcement and discharge

  • Assertion of receivables by way of debt enforcement and bankruptcy
  • Discharge proceedings
  • Securing assets through distraint
  • Enforcement of foreign judgements and other claims

Languages

German, English, French

Education

2005
Addmitted to the bar, canton of Berne
2001
Licentiate University St. Gallen (HSG)
1986 – 1989
Commercial apprenticeship, Winterthur

Further training

2018
National and international approach to regulating surrogacy, University of Lausanne
Testifying ability from a geriatric point of view, Inheritance Law Section, Zurich
2015
International Surrogacy Symposium IAML, London
2014
„Future of reproductive medicine“, Conference Universität Zürich
2014
Matrimonial property law (SJWZ event)
2013
Estate planning in practice (SJWZ event)
2013
Combined prenuptial/inheritance agreements (Specialist Unit Inheritance Law)
2012
Supplementary services and inheritance law (Specialist Unit Inheritance Law)
2012
Changes in the law on immovable property (SJWZ conference)

Professional activities

2015
Founded Schaub Hochl Rechtsanwälte AG (Incorporated)
2006
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
2002
Legal consultant in a Berne-based law firm
2001
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

Memberships

  • 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)

Themen

Inheritance law

Vorsorge und Nachlassplanung bei Regenbogenfamilien

Reproductive medicine and surrogacy

Auserwählte Aspekte zur Fortpflanzungsmedizin in der Schweiz, Input-Referat Fachkommission Sexuelle Orientierung und Geschlechtsidentität, März 2019
«Ehe für alle» all inclusive – Zugang zur Fortpflanzungsmedizin ist ein Gebot der Gleichbehandlung, März 2019
Reproductive medicine and surrogacy in relation to Switzerland
Medizinisch unterstützte Fortpflanzung in der Schweiz
Leihmutterschaft im Ausland: Anerkennung der Elternschaft.
Leihmutterschaft im Ausland – Interview in den Wiler Nachrichten vom 08.02.2018
Bericht NZZ vom 05.12.2015
Medienmitteilung vom 04.12.2015
Leihmutterschaft: Urteil des Verwaltungsgerichts des Kantons St. Gallen vom 19.08.2014.

Same-sex couples and LGBTs

Unser Kind trug einen anderen Namen als wir – Artikel Mannschaft Magazin Januar/Februar 2019
Gleichheit – Verschiedenheit. Die rechtliche Regelung gleichgeschlechtlicher Partnerschaften in der Schweiz im Verhältnis zur Ehe
Anhörungs- und Informationsrechte des Ehepartners bei Feststellung einer Geschlechtsänderung
Recht auf Ehe für alle
Regenbogenfamilien im heutigen Familienrecht – Referat KESB Stadt Zürich
Kinder dürfen jetzt offiziell zwei Papis oder Mamis haben, Stiefkind-Adoption boomt – Artikel in Watson vom Juli 2018
Neues Adoptionsrecht. Stiefkindadoption für gleichgeschlechtliche Paare – Referat Zürich Januar 2018
Stiefkindadoption für homosexuelle Paare – Artikel in der Zeitschrift PACH vom Juni 2017