Sara Zahner

Dr. iur. Attorney at Law

Expert in inheritance law, property law, construction law and contract law


Dr Sara Zahner provides inheritance law advice to private individuals with an international background as well as succession planning in companies. Her dissertation examined shareholders' agreements at the interface between corporate and inheritance law. Dr Sara Zahner has proven expertise in handling legally complex national and international inheritance law cases (e.g. with France, Spain, New Zealand). She represents heirs and executors in judicial and extrajudicial disputes and acts as executor. She advises cohabiting couples and patchwork families on pension and estate planning, in particular on the drafting of custody wills and cohabitation agreements.


Dr Sara Zahner has extensive experience with regard to legally complex and large-scale real estate transactions. In construction law, she mainly advises architects and construction management companies, in particular on contract negotiations, construction defects, claims for damages and fees. She also supports SMEs and private individuals on corporate and contract law.

Practice Areas
  • inheritance law and estate planning
  • private construction and real estate law
  • contract and commercial law
  • corporate law
  • German (native language)
  • English
  • French 
  • since 2020: attorney at Team Vogt
  • 2021: Dr. iur. / PhD, University of Lucerne
  • 2014–2020: attorney at business law firms, Zurich
  • 2018: CAS Civil Litigation, University of St. Gallen and University of Lucerne
  • 2014: admitted to the bar, Canton of Zug
  • 2013: auditor, Cantonal Court of Zug
  • 2012–2013: lawyer at Homburger AG, a major business law firm in Zurich
  • 2011: legal intern at the United Nations, New York
  • 2011: MLaw, University of Fribourg
  • 2009–2010: Erasmus exchange semester, Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II)
  • 2009–2011: various legal internships in Paris, Vienna and Zurich
  • 2009: Summer Law School, University of Alabama
  • 2009: BLaw, University of Fribourg
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Verein Successio, association for the promotion of professional practice and academia in inheritance law in Switzerland and abroad
  • ZAV Expert Group Inheritance Law
  • Der Tod einer Partei des Aktionärbindungsvertrags: Gesetzliche und gewillkürte Rechtsfolgen, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der erbrechtlichen Formvorschriften
    September 2021, available from Schulthess
  • Kaskadenregelung um den «Kontrollinhaber»
    Neue Zürcher Zeitung, April 13, 2016
  • Swiss Banks Demand Information Related to the Bank Client's Controlling Persons
    TerraLex Connections, July 2016
  • Verweigerung der Freigabe arrestierter Werte durch das Betreibungsamt trotz Rechtskraft des Einspracheentscheides
    SJZ 111 (2015), 53 ff.
  • Switzerland Keeps Lump Sum Tax Regime – New Rules Come Into Force In 2016
    TerraLex Connections, March 2015