The present degree dissertation deals with a theme, which is as much present as it was in former times, that is to say ? the heritage of something. In process of time, nearly everyone will be confronted with pivotal questions about herit. Until now, there does hardly exist any cultural study which is related to this theme. This paper has the aim to give both sides a room. To conjunction with, the attention doesnt turn only on judicial context, but on inheritors and their exposure to legacy. The study is subdivided into two parts, one theoretic and the other empiric. The theoretic part consists on essays on the Austrian inheritance law, the connection between death and cultural theory and the explanation concerning assumptions of research results referred to studies about things; further, the role of social heritage will be discussed. There are two central questions, which should be closely analyzed: In which way do people deal with legacy and, which importance do they ascribe to them? On the basis of two single case studies with inheritors, the questions will be answered. Biographical information, family environments, their dealing with legacy and its repository were central in discussing and answering this research questions. In order to do this, several methods had been used, for example the so called ?thick description? from Clifford Geertz and the narrative interviewing by Fritz Schütze . The goal is to find out, what importance these things have for the r owners. The study clearly shows how different people deal with their heritage and, which role emotions and memories play in this context. One result of the qualitative analysis was the difference concerning the handling of the inheritance. While my first heiress was able to integrate inheritance into their life ? although it was a painful step ? was the second person I talked to not able to do so. Instead, it seems that he quarrels with the burden of inheritance.