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Is the English will of a French resident valid in France?

Every other day, we share a reader question from our help guide, Inheritance Law and Wills in France. Today's question is about the validity of an English will in France.

26 October 2020
By Connexion Journalist

I am British and a permanent resident of France with an English will. In future, is it going to be automatically valid in France?

It may be; however, whether your will is in English or French and in English or French format the will’s dispositions as regards any French property cannot break the usual French rules unless it specifically states that you want the law of your nationality to apply. What is more, it is not generally recommended to dispose of French assets in an English will because it will require translation and the format may cause complications.

Find out all the information you need to create a will in France and more with our Inheritance Law and Wills in France 2020 help guide

This 64-page help guide by The Connexion details all the information you need to know about inheritance law and wills in France. It looks at how to create a British will in France, explains succession laws, procedures on a death, creating a will as a couple, leaving funds to family and pets, and so much more. Click here to find out more.


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