French Inheritance Laws & Taxes

Welcome to our comprehensive Guide to Inheritance Laws and Taxes in France, your indispensable on-line resource to information and advice about this often complex subject.

We begin the guide by reviewing the inheritance laws in France, before then considering French inheritance taxes.

In the final section we consider the inheritance planning options you can take to reduce your exposure to the constraints of inheritance laws in France, and to French inheritance taxes.

In August 2015, new European regulations come into effect allowing EU citizens to choose whether the law applicable to their succession (but not inheritance taxes) should be that of their habitual residence or that of their nationality. We shall update this guide in due course to take account of this significant change.

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  1. Overview
  2. French Inheritance Laws
  3. French Inheritance Tax
  4. Inheritance Planning in France




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