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Inheritance and succession


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?