Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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French inheritance law: a brief overview

As of 2015, a non-resident of France can use the inheritance laws from their own country if they choose.If you own property, you should still knoe France’s inheritance laws. You can’t disinherit your children, spouses have certain rights even if divorce or separation is happening at the time of death and are not responsible for taxes. It is important to know where your family stands if you choose France’s inheritance laws.

Key Takeaways:

  • Though non-resident property owners in France now have the option of choosing their country’s inheritance law to apply in the case of their death, it is important to be aware of how French inheritance law works, and in which cases it would be beneficial to have it apply.
  • It remains critical, however, to make the right choices about which law will apply, and thus to be aware of how French inheritance law works.
  • spouse has certain privileges under French inheritance laws, even if a divorce or separation was underway at the time of the deceased’s death.

“Spouses are guaranteed a tax-free inheritance, and in the case that the deceased does not have any children and made it clear in their will, the spouse can be the sole heir, obtaining the entire estate tax-free.”

About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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