Do we need wills in England and France?

We have just started the procedure of having wills drawn up by our local notaire and have asked for them to be administered under English law. We do not own any property in the UK but have bank and NS&I accounts there.

We understand that the money in these accounts will be covered by our new wills but we are unclear as to how our beneficiaries will access these funds after our deaths. Do we need English wills to cover the UK funds? What about probate? What will our beneficiaries need to do?  F.A

I would query whether or not there is actually a good reason to elect English law.

The usual reason Britons resident in France decide to elect the law of their nationality is to bypass the French forced heirship rules, which give children (natural or adopted but excluding stepchildren) a reserved right to inherit from their parent(s).

If you do not elect the law of your nationality, then the law of your habitual residence (ie. French law) will apply to your worldwide estate. Had there ...

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