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Experience:  Practicing law in France, 10+ years of experience on Paris Bar. Taught French Business Law in US
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French Will and domicile for tax purposes

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I am married to a wealthy man who uses France as his domicile for tax purposes. He resides in the UK and will follow me to NZ. He has never paid tax in France, nor does in intend to reside there yet he has a French will. His inherited wealth will pass to his children in a Trust. His Swiss lawyer has informed me that of the remaining assets of his estate, I get 25% and his estate lawyers can pursue me for property and any bank accounts, gifts  acquired during our relationship as this is considered part of his estate. I am a bit worried that I might be left with very little if this were to happen, including a home.Does French law not consider trusts as part of an estate? Does a French Will hold no matter where one resides in the European Union, especially the UK? Also, will this change once he moves to NZ, another jurisdiction.  Can the Swiss / French lawyers pursue a case against me here.

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: French Law
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