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How do I leave money to charity in France?

We look at the different options you have when leaving money to charities, and what you should take into consideration

Always check with any charities first how they plan to use your gift Pic: Dragana Gordic / Shutterstock

Reader question: Can I leave money to charitable associations and foundations? 

Take care if giving to good causes because not all of them are able to receive a bequest (also bequests to some will be free of inheritance tax, while this will not be the case for others). 

Ones which may accept bequests include those recognised as ‘d’utilité publique’ (generally larger charities), as well as recognised associations cultuelles (religious bodies), charities helping those in need, or carrying out scientific or medical research. 

If in doubt, check with any charities beforehand and to obtain clarification about how your gift could be used. 

Notaire Pierre Lemée said: “For example if you want to help animals, it may be best to leave it to a national charity, specifying that it should benefit a particular geographical area, rather than a small local charity which may not be suitable.”

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