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04th March 2015

A European Home and English Will.

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New regulations from the EU could simplify the administration of your estate if you die owning a property on the Continent - provided you have amended your Will.

New regulations from the EU could simplify the administration of your estate if you die owning a property on the Continent - provided you have amended your Will.

If you own assets in Europe, then under the ‘forced heirship’ regimes that exist in many European countries, you can be obliged to leave a share of your assets to certain relatives on your death. This is in stark contrast to the law of England, where an individual is free to dispose of their assets as they wish under the terms of their Will.

Under the new regulations, which come into force in August, you can now put a declaration in your Will stating that the laws of England and Wales apply to your European property. This should be a simple way of avoiding these forced heirship rules and allowing your European property to pass to who you wish on your death.

The rules do not come into force until August, but you can put the appropriate declaration in your Will now.

Whilst the regulations may simplify the succession of your estate, they do not affect the tax consequences.

To find out if the regulations can help you, or for further information, please contact Catherine Ball on 01604 233233 or click here to email Catherine.

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