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Although this may seem strange, one of the most important things you will need, as a British national, to consider when buying a house is what happens to your estate when you die, and in particular any houses you own in France.

French inheritance laws will apply regardless of your wishes.
Although this may seem strange, one of the most important things, as a British national, you will need to consider when buying a house is what happens when you die, to your estate, and in particular any houses you own in France.

French inheritance laws will apply regardless of your wishes.

Once you have signed any paperwork for the purchase of the house you will be unable to change this. This may have serious and expensive repercussions later on if you do not take good advice at this stage (i.e. before signing anything).

PWT therefore recommends strongly that you take legal advice before signing anything. French law is so complicated regarding property that you should not just take the advice given in the magazines, however good it may appear as everyone's circumstances are different. There is no substitute for good legal advice from a professionally qualified person.

We recommend Blake Lapthorn. They have a number of offices and have a specialist department for the purchase of French property with a team of experienced and qualified French lawyers.

What to do: If you wish to take legal adsvice PWT will be happy to introduce you to a qualified person within the UK.For help just email PWT at info@normandylife.com and include "Legal Help" in the subject box.


 

 
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