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for the German assets most likely German inheritance law will be applicable.
If there is no last will, you will not be considered.
Thus, it is of vital importance to make sure the last will is found and shall not disappear.
A common law partner under German law has no right of succession regarding his or her partner. This may be different if another law is applicable which is not likely but should be checked in detail knowing all assets and where your fiancee has been living.
With you fiancee being only a German national and his real estate assets in Germany, German law will be applicable.
This is why your fiancee should have made a testament and told you where to find it.
I don't understand how your German friends got to the conclusion that common-law partners would have a right under German law.
Generally due to his German nationality (if there is no other nationality), German law ist applicable for the succession, see Art. 25 EGBGB.
However, collision law of the other states you mentioned may cause that parts of the assets follow for example another law. This is particularly relevant for real estate assets,not bank accounts!
This is very complicated to find out and you will need a lawyer knowing the local law where the assets are situated.
If he had real estate in Dubai, you should look for a lawyer knowing Dubai law.
I am sorry, I don't have any idea about the Dubai succession law.
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