Following the death of an English national living in France or a person who lives outside of France owning French property, the situation can be complex. Lengthy delays in settling the Estate and increased taxes in the form of penalties and late interest payments are all too common. Appointing a solicitor and Notaire at the outset who have real practical experience of the situation is extremely important. This will avoid unnecessary delays and potentially costly mistakes arising due to a lack of understanding of the position in the other country. In practice, the international elements of the succession which necessarily result from the deceased having interests and assets in more than one country are too often overlooked or misunderstood.