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Successions

Succession law sets the rules for the distribution of inheritance between different heirs (children, surviving spouse, parents, brothers and sisters, etc.). This devolution is realised according to imperative rules, such as for example the existence of a hereditary reserve in French law for the benefit of the children and the surviving spouse in certain definite cases, but also according to the will of the deceased who can perform donations during his life or resulting from death within the limits of the available quota. Liquidation and division of the estate must also be dealt with, as in some cases they must be preceded by the liquidation of the matrimonial regime.

Succession can be international which can complexify its realisation. Thus, it is more and more common that a person dies abroad or leaves, at his death, property in a country other than that of his nationality or residence.

Disagreements between heirs are common. The Firm informs you of the rights you hold in the estate and the tax consequences of the succession.

Depending on whether you are a compulsory heir (due to the French legal reserve on heirship), a surviving spouse, a legatee, a special or universal beneficiary or the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, we shall instruct you of the options available to you.

We undertake to assist you throughout the entire settlement of the estate: during the drafting of the declaration of succession, the notarial deed, the deed of partition or even in meetings with the notary charged with the estate.

Pending the settlement of the estate, we shall advise you on the management of the jointly possessed estate.

Negotiations and amicable sharing are favoured. In case of failure, we will be able to represent you in the framework of a judicial division to put an end to the joint inheritance between the coheirs.