French Legal Services

French Legal Services

Do you own assets in the UK and France – and does your Will cover them?

If you own assets in both England and France do you have a suitable Will in place? Many married couples want to leave all their assets to their spouse when they die, and then to their children. If you wish to leave your assets in this way, you may need a Will for that to happen in England and you nearly always need a Will for that to happen in France.

New appointment joins Stone King’s International & Cross-Border team

An increasing number of individuals in the UK with overseas assets has led to Stone King strengthening its International and Cross-Border team with the appointment of solicitor Harriet Burt.

Harriet studied law through the Open University and graduated with a First. She completed her Legal Practice Course at the University of the West of England and joins Stone King from Rutters.

English Wills and overseas property

Your Will is arguably the most important contract that you will sign in your life - the document under which you give your assets away. It may be possible to have a single Will to cover your worldwide assets.

To be recognised as a Will it must be formally valid in the country in which it is to be used. Many countries have laws in place, or have signed up to international treaties under which foreign Wills, if drafted correctly, will be recognised.

How some aspects of buying and selling property in France differ from the process in the UK

When a property is purchased in England or Wales the buyer is generally expected to pay for all searches to ensure that there are no nasty surprises once the sale has completed. This can be very frustrating for the buyer if the sale falls through after they have gone to the trouble and expense of obtaining the searches.

How Stone King’s international expertise helps with French connections

If you own a home in France or are thinking about buying a property in France the experts from Stone King’s International and Cross-Border Team can help.

In January 2019 the team’s expertise in cross-border legal matters will again be showcased at the France Show, which includes the largest exhibition of French property in the UK.

As well as expert conveyancing and succession legal advice from Stone King, there will be an authentic French market, tutored wine tastings and cookery demonstrations at the event which runs from January 25-27 at Olympia London.

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