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Guidance on Wills for British citizens abroad

Posted by on Apr 19, 2020 in SUCCESSION LAW UPDATES

Drawing up a Last Will and Testament where there is an international factor is particularly challenging.  This post aims to provide straightforward guidance on wills for British citizens who find themselves outside the United Kingdom at this unprecedented time of the global health pandemic. We are aware that people are unexpectedly facing the question of...

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Johnny Hallyday – the French inheritance dispute continues

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in LEGAL UPDATES, SUCCESSION LAW UPDATES

The inheritance dispute between the heirs of Johnny Hallyday took a dramatic turn in the French court of Nanterre this week.  A much awaited ruling was published on Tuesday 28th May. Click here to read our previous article on the commencement of proceedings in 2018 The Nanterre court declared this week that it does have jurisdictional competence to...

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Three years of the new EU Succcession Regulation

Posted by on Oct 6, 2018 in SUCCESSION LAW UPDATES

Choice of Law Clause in Wills The EU Succession Regulation (650/2012) came into force in August 2015, with the intention of simplifying and clarifying succession procedures and applicable laws, for Europeans living in different countries than that of their origin, and owners of property in multiple cities. Currently the applicable law to a succession, in...

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Disposizioni Anticipate di Trattamento – the right to choose

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in LEGAL UPDATES, SUCCESSION LAW UPDATES

Disposizioni Anticipate di Trattamento – the right to choose Following considerable public interest and pressure, the Italian government has now approved the proposed Law on Living Wills. (See also article of 4 April 2017, “Living Wills in Italy- Il Testamento Biologico”, published by Jessica Zama). Law n.219 of 22 December 2017 is now in force,...

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International succession dispute – Johnny Hallyday

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in LEGAL UPDATES, SUCCESSION LAW UPDATES

Lawyers in France and the US are embroiled in the latest high profile international succession dispute, attempting to untangle the complex estate of Johnny Hallyday, the iconic French singer who died in December 2017 leaving four children and his wife Laeticia. We thought it would be interesting to look at the scenario, as it is similar to that which often...

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DNA and inheritance claims in Italy

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in LEGAL UPDATES, SUCCESSION LAW UPDATES

DNA profiling is now a widely used method to convict the perpetrator of a crime to a high degree of accuracy. Yet, despite its newfound dramatic appeal, it was originally developed as a means to provide genetic evidence of paternity as early as the mid-1970s; this assessment, known as HLA testing, was a powerful, if problematic, tool to identify biological...

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