... HOW, WHY AND WHEN
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.”