French inheritance law: Your queries answered

Thanks to the many readers who sent in questions for our new Inheritance Law and Wills in France helpguide. Some questions arrived too late for inclusion but a brief selection are answered here

English wills in France

Are wills drawn up by English law firms legal in France and, if so, must they be written in French?

As long as your UK will is made in the correct form, ie. in writing, and signed in the presence of two adult witnesses, who also sign it in your presence, it will be valid in France.

There is no requirement for the will to be drafted in French.

In fact, it can be advisable to write the will in your native language to avoid any risk of future challenge on the basis that you did not understand what you were writing. If the English will is then applied in ...

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