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Am I allowed to sign my house in France over to my one daughter

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Am I allowed to sign my house in France over to my one daughter even though I have other children. I understand that I would be able to stay in the house until I die but if the house was to be sold before I die who would keep the money
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I am pleased t continue waiting. I believe there is a way to sign ones house over to ones child and then be able to stay in it until death. I just wondered especially if I decided to move would I get the money from it in order to find somewhere else to live. Also would it be legal under French law to do this for one child thereby cutting any others from inheriting


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Hello, In French law you can make a gift to your children and only to one child if you have others. For example, you can sign your house over to your one daughter while alive. even though you have other children However, in French law it is forbidden to disinherit one's children. So, what can happen is that the other children may/can challenge the gift in court after your death as having been a way of disinheriting them and obtain a court order to receive a percentage of th house. While alive, your risk is that your daughter who receives the house can sell it at any moment and she will collect the money (as the owner) and you could find yourself homeless.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I was told that I would be able to stay in the house until I died by the notaire. My daughter would be responsible for the council tax bills and I would be responsible for the maintenance and repairs. Is this not the case or is there another way of signing over the house. The notaire also told me the house would return to me should my daughter predecease me.

Hello, the answer I gave you was the general position under French law and not French contract law because you did not mention that you had contacted a Notaire. I was going to end my answer stating "unless otherwise provided in a contract." But I did not because it was not an answer to your question. I only answered your question. In your new question you mention what a notaire told you that you what you could put in the contract (it is not clear to me if the contract was signed or if it is a draft). You can provide many obligations in your contract with your daughter. What ever your notaire told you is what will be in your contract with your daughter.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I am sorry that I did not give the full story. I did speak to the notaire but my French is limited and my husband had just died so I was not fully aware of what the implications were. I am in the UK at the moment as my mother who is 93 has been taken into a care home. I am 68 this year and if I were to sign over the house and it became too big for me I would like to be free to sell it and purchase a smaller home. I thought the procedure the notaire was talking about was standard and had a name but I cannot remember what it was called. I will have to wait until I get back to France and take a translator with me to ask the notaire