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French inheritance fees are rising

Rates of ‘inheritance fees’ are rising at French banks – some by 33%, a study shows.

29 January 2020
By Connexion journalist

This refers to the charges that banks make after a person dies for services such as the freezing of their accounts and transfer of money in them to heirs or a notaire.

The bank also checks the death certificate and declares the amount of money left by the deceased to the tax authorities.

Fees charged to estates rose 4% in 2018, then dropped by 2.8% in 2019, bank comparison site meilleurbanque.com found.

In most banks, rises are modest but there are exceptions, such as Crédit Agricole Charente-Maritime Deux-Sèvres, which has put them up 33%, an extra €50 on average, for this year.

The rates can also vary significantly from region to region at the same bank – for example, from an average of €150 to €410 at Crédit Mutuel or €75 to €330 at Crédit Agricole.

Some charge more where the heirs have a different bank to that of the deceased, such as certain Crédits Mutuels, where rates vary from an average €120 to €285.

The fees also rise if the deceased had several different financial products.

 

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