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Inheritance and succession


International succession: what is the applicable law?

You are the heir to a succession with an international dimension (real estate in several countries, bank accounts or corporate securities held abroad, etc.) and you are wondering about the settlement of the succession in regards to the laws of the various countries. Which law applies to the succession? Which court should be seized in case of litigation? Is it possible to choose the law that will apply to the succession? Don’t worry, Picovschi Lawyers puts its more than 30 years of experience in international succession law at your service to help you break the deadlock and resolve the situation.

Heirs of foreign bank accounts, what should be declared in France?

Each year, you have to report your income as well as your bank accounts abroad to the tax authorities, and as an heir to a bank account outside France, you may not know how to regularize the situation. Picovschi lawyers guides you through the process after inheriting a bank account abroad.

Will and codicil: what to do in case of conflict ?

Have you written a will you wish to amend? You are an heir to an estate, and you have been informed that a new person has been added to it by a codicil? Did you just find out that you were removed from a relative’s will? In such cases, the drafting of a codicil by the testator and the request for its nullity may be made by one or more heirs. Requesting an attorney ‘assistance is the best way to challenge the validity of a codicil or to enforce it. Picovschi lawyers, competent in succession law for over thirty years, will help you better understand your options in such a case and offer you the best defense possible.

International heritage: what taxation system in the event of a divorce ?

Divorces are increasingly taking place on an international scale. Have you acquired real estate and/or movable property abroad during your lifetime together? Do you wonder how your divorce will affect your estate? A divorce can be difficult not only for the spouses but also for the children. An international heritage can complicate the division of property during a divorce. The assistance of an experienced family law attorney at the international level is a necessary asset to guide you through this complex process. Avocats Picovschi, located in ¨Paris, has an entire department experienced in these types of issues since 30 years.

To disinherit: French law versus International law

The prospect to fully disinherit one's children may shock; French law still seems to prohibit it. As a matter of fact, a recent case law seems to consider that the legal reserved portion of an estate could not be affected if the children were deprived. Forced heirship seems to remain a French specialty.

Estate between France and USA, the role of the lawyer.

While many French people wish to live the “American Dream” by settling in, working or investing in the US, similarly some Americans have chosen to settle in France after being attracted by the beauty of the French way of life. Heirs to an international estate between these two countries can be confused, due to the complexity of the situation. Hence, who may be better than a lawyer to assist you in these sensible matters?

Johnny Hallyday’s estate from the point of view of an international estate planning lawyer

International successions are by far the most complex and delicate business that can exist in inheritance litigation. Johnny Hallyday’s estate is a typical example, while two of his children, Laura Smet and David Hallyday, are challenging his last will drafted under Californian Law. Because Johnny Hallyday would have been a resident of California, he would have the possibility to disinherit his two elder children, because the Californian Law is not as protecting as the French law regarding the rights of heirs.

International Succession

You are an heir in a particularly complex succession with assets located in several countries: bank accounts in England, property in France, and works of art in Spain, whereas the deceased, who was a French national, lived and died in Belgium for example. So the question arises of which law applies. Avocats Picovschi has full knowledge of the latest legislative and jurisprudential developments to resolve and represent clients in such international successions.

International inheritance: do you enjoy full rights concerning the disposal of your estate?

After great thought, you have decided to anticipate the conveyance of your estate by drafting a legal instrument (will, agreement, etc.). Although you may have the possibility of designating the laws of a given State with authority to settle the future conveyance of your estate, you must nonetheless be careful not to infringe upon the mandatory provisions of public policy. What are these provisions? What are their consequences? The PICOVSCHI Attorneys firm can provide answers to your questions.

You believe you should benefit from someone's will, but inheritors contest your rights

You have taken care of a person in the last moments of their life, and have created a strong relationship with them. Hoping you will be repaid for this generosity, they mentioned you in their final testament to receive some or all of their inheritance. At their death, the inheritors contest you based on their relationship to the deceased and their place in the will. What can you do to defend your rights?