How can son prove he is only child?

We do not possess a livret de famille (our son was born in the UK) so how does he prove he is the only offspring should anything happen to us? A friend whose father died leaving a house in France has been unable to convince the authorities that he and his siblings are the only beneficiaries. 
Can you obtain a livret de famille even if you were born in the UK?

The livret de famille is an administrative tool to simplify the rights of people married and/or born in ...

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