The right of the own effigy in accordance with § 78 UrhG protects the person depicted as well as the close relatives, if the person depicted will die, against an inadmissible publication or distribution of the effigy. After the death, the depicted person cannot assert his right on the own effigy, because the legal capacity gets lost after a persons death, so that there is no legal subject anymore. In this case the close relatives of the depicted person are the rightholders. This diploma thesis deals with the legal position of the close relatives concerning the postmortal protection of the personal effigy. The German academic lawyers developed construction forms of how to classify the posthumous personality rights, and therefore also the right of the own effigy, which is a personality right, in the current civil legal system. The legal positon of the close relatives depends on this classifying of construction forms. Construction forms are: the postmortem partial legal capacity, the subjectless rights, the generally legal duty, the generally legal subjectivity, the trustee hypothesis as well as the protection of the depicted person trough the own personality rights of the close relatives.