This article outlines and assesses the most important features of the recent reform of Austrian succession law from a comparative perspective and analyses the changes in the light of the law of other European legal systems. It thereby highlights common trends and diverging developments and focuses on intestate succession, wills, the law of reserved shares, unworthiness to inherit and disinheritance as well as the newly introduced succession rights for cohabitants and the new statutory legacy for care provided to the deceased.