... HOW, WHY AND WHEN

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - OVERSEAS -

Jack and Yvonne Leigh have two chil­dren each from pre­vi­ous mar­riages but want only his chil­dren to in­herit the French house, as Yvonne’s chil­dren will be well pro­vided for in their fa­ther’s will.

MaÎtre Durel says: “This is im­pos­si­ble un­der French law. Whether you want to cut them out be­cause they are well pro­vided for else­where or be­cause you haven’t seen them for 40 years, you can­not dis­in­herit your off­spring.

“The Leighs can­not use a com­mu­nauté uni­verselle as their chil­dren are not their joint chil­dren. With a ton­tine, if Yvonne dies first, Jack’s chil­dren will in­herit – but if Jack dies first, Yvonne’s will in­herit ev­ery­thing.”

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