Confusion over notaire fees to settle estate in France

My husband died recently and I am confused following a visit to the notaire to find out the costs of settling the estate.

We had a typical French marriage contract and he left everything to me in a will.

There are no children, brothers or sisters or surviving parents and the only property we owned, in which I live, was purchased in joint names.

When I asked the notaire for an estimate of the costs she said it would depend on the value of the property... This implies I will have to pay, what, I have no idea, for the house I already own and have paid for. Can you explain?  L.O.

While there is no inheritance tax in France between spouses, the notaire needs to request payment of costs and fees, similar to stamp duties, for various works concerning the estate.

These include drafting and registering the French probate papers to ...

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