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French estate planning

Articles French estate planning February 1, 2018

The new French Wealth Tax: IFI replaces ISF

Following the financial law 2018 which came into force in France on the 1st January 2018, the former French Wealth Tax (Impȏt de solidarité sur la fortune or ISF) has been repealed and replaced by the new Real Estate Wealth Tax (Impȏt sur la fortune Immobilière or IFI). What is the main difference? Its title […]

Articles French estate planning October 16, 2017

The French Supreme Court applies a Foreign law despite the French forced heirship rules

Since the EU Regulation no 650/2012, which came into force on 17th August 2015, it has been possible for a testator to elect in his Will his national law to govern the future devolution of his assets located in the 18 signatory countries (France, Spain, Italy…) to this EU regulation. A British testator can therefore […]

Buy to let furnished property in France: la SARL de famille

When reading articles on French property, the société civile immobilière (SCI) is very often referred as a traditional special purpose vehicle (SPV) to purchase a property in France between friends or members of a family. However, the SCI is not recommended when buying-to-let a furnished property in France as the company would automatically be subject to corporation […]

Articles French estate planning September 2, 2016

New EU law on French matrimonial regimes

New EU law on French matrimonial property regimes In contrast with the UK where there is no matrimonial property regime as such, there are many matrimonial property regimes in France available to choose from. By default, in the absence of a marriage contract in France, the legal regime is the “régime de la communauté réduite aux acquêts” in […]