We were contacted by a firm of solicitors advising the widow of the deceased who had died domiciled in England and owning shares in a French property owning company (SCI) with his wife. The deceased had two children from his preceding marriage. The sale of the property was blocked as the notaire dealing with the succession in France did not have the necessary information to proceed. The deceased had left a Will specifically excluding certain of his assets and an opinion was needed as to whether on the facts the Will would apply to the devolution of the SCI shares or if not whether the English or French law of intestacy would apply.

Following on from this, we were able to assist the notaire with applying the English rules of intestacy as applicable to the case and assist with the preparation of the necessary documentation in England.