French law can help you enjoy the fruits of your work

Many people have complicated family situations (children from former marriages etc.) and there are many solutions for achieving their inheritance wishes, whether via the EU Succession Regulation or other solutions, but what if we ask: “What do the French do?” 

First, it is important to accept that there is a cultural difference between the British and the French that may make it harder to get your notaire to understand what you want to achieve. Simply put, some solutions for dealing with complex family situations may privilege the spouse and disadvantage the children, which is not, traditionally, the French way.

Britons tend to want their children to have as much of their estate as possible after their death, but, crucially, this should happen after both members of the couple have died and not before.

French people feel your life’s work is not for your benefit but for your children’s, and the surviving spouse must depend on their children.

French law may oblige children to support ...

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