French law

French administration of estates

French administration of estates

We offer specialist, bilingual expertise to clients who require assistance with the management and administration of a deceased person's estate in France.

Common issues where our team can help include:

  • administration of the French assets in a UK will
  • payment of French Inheritance Tax and issues of domicile/tax residency
  • interaction of the two countries' laws relating to Inheritance Tax
  • the impact of French succession law
  • the disposal of the French assets
  • preparation of the tax declaration and other papers required to obtain the release of assets to the UK executors
  • affidavits of French law for use in UK probate applications
  • affidavits of English law required by the French notaire
  • advising beneficiaries of a Will or intestacy where deceased died resident in France 

Our team

All members of the team from our lawyers to our administrative assistants and support staff are bilingual. Our team of lawyers has first hand knowledge of the interaction of the French and English legal systems. We have huge experience in the field of French property and succession and are frequently asked to act as expert witness on matters of French laws in legal proceedings conducted in the UK. Much of our work comes from referrals from other lawyers and professional firms

We belong to the relevant professional associations including the Franco-British Lawyers Society, the French Chamber of Commerce and STEP UK and STEP France (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

Our people

Nicole Gallop Mildon is a qualified notaire and advises on a wide range of matters relating to French property, including advice on tax and estate planning. She has an extensive professional network across France and other European countries which enables her to provide a seamless service to her clients. Patrick Delas has qualified as a French Avocat in 1995 and deals with a wide range of matters relating to French property ownership including advice on acquisition, inheritance and tax law. 

Patrick has extensive experience of French law that comes only from working in France and an extensive network of French contacts.

Charging information

We work on hourly rates which reflect the skill and experience of our French qualified lawyers (who are also English solicitors), and other bilingual members of the team.

At the outset we will let you have an estimate or budget of the likely costs based on the information available to us at the time and will update these if your requirements or the circumstances of the case change.

We will work with you and your other professional advisers to find a solution which is effective across boundaries and taking into account not only the level of risk which you are prepared to accept but also the relative financial importance of the matter to you.

Get in touch

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our French law solicitors by email, by telephone on +44 (0)20 3826 7514 or complete our enquiry form below.

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