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English Will

Posted by ScruffyB - Created: 4 years ago
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Posted by bensto - 4 years ago

My partner and I went to a notaire who advised us to do an international will (because we are British and Dutch), which was in english, and registered with the official database at Toulouse.... It was the first time he had done one like this, and he had to correct it six times due to spelling mistakes, but we got there eventually.  We also got PACE (civil partnership) to avoid inherentence tax. All told, £800 euros, we could have done it ourselves, which would have been more complicated, and have taken a lot longer

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Posted by BlindOrange - 4 years ago

If you don't have a set of blood relatives to leave your property to, leave it to a blood relative with instructions to dispose of the capital to whomever you wish. This will avoid your beneficiaries having to pay sixty percent tax. It does mean finding a blood relative you trust. Good luck with that one.

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Posted by janes-394036 - 4 years ago

It isn't a straightforward percentage. The allowances and rates change according to your relationship with the deceased. Spouses pay no inheritance tax. Children pay some. And so on. Here's a link showing the different rates.


By the way, this is not new. The new laws coming into force in August only change who you can leave your estate to, not how much inheritance tax they have to pay.

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Posted by sophie hunton - 4 years ago

It was brought in to try and stop people becoming large land owners and then lording it over everyone else but it hasn't worked ,you can leave money to whoever you like but you should ask the notaire about allowances because I didn't think it was a straightforward percentage of everything ,I thought you were allowed so much free of tax.

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Posted by Reveuse-918439 - 4 years ago

French inheritance law is French inheritance law, it's been the same since Napoleon's times. They haven't introduced anything different just to make life difficult for Brits. The new EU rules were never intended change the principle that your estate is subject to the rules of the country it's in. Supposing the UK had signed up to the treaty, would the UK government have let spouses and children of French nationals who own expensive property in the UK pay the same low inheritance tax rates as they would under French law? I don't think so.

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Posted by ScruffyB - 4 years ago

Bury your money under the mattress sounds a good idea or give it to the lifeboat before you snuff it. Talk about rip off Britain.


Thanks for the info.



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Posted by sabc15-427548 - 4 years ago

What  Reveuse has posted is what the Notaire told us would happen,he seemed to think it is the French way of dissuading foreign nationals from avoiding french inheritance laws, by applying 60% tax on the estate inherited by non relatives.sabc15.

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Posted by Reveuse-918439 - 4 years ago

Be aware thought that French inheritance tax will still apply. If and when the law takes effect, then under an English will you'll be able make a non-relative your heir in preference to a blood relative, but the non-relative will still have to pay 60 per cent inheritance tax to the French government.

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Posted by paul & nadine - 4 years ago

The law is about to change - from the middle of August a non-french citizen who is resident may chose to use the inheritance law of the country of their citizenship. Ie if you are a UK citizen you may use the law of the UK country you used to reside in.

It would probably be a good idea to go to use a notaire to write the will, since it still needs to be valid in france.