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EU adopts new rules on inheritance law

After many years in gestation, EU Regulation 650/2012 on “jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and acceptance and enforcement of authentic instruments in matters of succession and on the creation of a European Certificate of Succession” which is also referred to, more simply, as “Brussels IV” was adopted on 4th July 2012. The… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

EU adopts new rules on inheritance law

After many years in gestation, EU Regulation 650/2012 on “jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and acceptance and enforcement of authentic instruments in matters of succession and on the creation of a European Certificate of Succession” which is also referred to, more simply, as “Brussels IV” was adopted on 4th July 2012. The… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

An introduction to viager sales

You may have heard of Jeanne Calment, the French woman, who died in 1997 at the age of 122 and who is still credited as the person with the longest recorded life span.  Such longevity is generally a cause for celebration but not perhaps for her unfortunate Notaire who purchased her apartment in 1965 en… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Boundaries and easements affecting property in France

When purchasing property in France the transfer deed prepared by the Notaire will very often specify that in the event of any error in the surface area of the property or the description of any easements affecting the property the purchaser has no right of recourse against the vendor, in the absence, of course, of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

French Property Law- How might the changes affect you?

French Finance Law 2011 and proposed Wealth Tax (impot de solidarité sur la fortune (ISF)) reform – how might the changes affect you? Like most European governments France is grappling with budget deficits and it is no surprise therefore that the principal objective of the 2011 Finance Law (which came into force on 1st January… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Changes to French Property Law

Edward Coxall provides a summary of some recent changes in French property law including changes to home inspection reports and clarification on the “cooling-off” period  When selling (or letting) properties there are a number of reports that must be available to a prospective purchaser (or tenant) before they enter into a binding commitment.  The law… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

French Tax – Should you be paying it?

Whether you rent out your French property informally for just a few weeks a year or on a more or less permanent basis you may be required to file a French tax return and pay French tax.  Edward Coxall looks at the detail. Non-French residents are only required to file a French tax return in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Is the kitchen sink included?

Perhaps not surprisingly it is a little known fact that objects and animals placed by an owner of property for the service and exploitation of that property are regarded under French law as immovable property and as such transfer across to a purchaser. Although a somewhat extreme example, what is, by law, included in a sale… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

UK Civil Partnerships now fully recognised in France, but there are still traps!

French civil partnerships (pacte civil de solidarité or PACS) have benefitted from the same inheritance tax and gift tax rules applicable to married couples since 22 August 2007.  However, although UK marriages have always been recognised in France for the purposes of these rules, UK civil partnerships have not.  This meant that a partner in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

French Property Sale Success

We were contacted by a client in May 2010 who had recently inherited a property in Northern France and wished to sell it.  Edward Coxall of Mayo Wynne Baxter’s French Property Team referred the client to Willow French Properties who contacted one of their local agents.  We are pleased to hear that the sale of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)