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GA-crb My mother who is 91 has been staying with my sister who lives

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My mother who is 91 has been staying with my sister who lives in Brittany on and off since last July. She comes back to England every couple of months and until now had thought she could just come and go but have been told that the number of days she has been in France is over the allowed time without being registered as a resident.
Her only assets are her home in England and savings, plus her pensions.
Do we need to register her for residency?
Take out health insurance?
And, what happens if she were to die in France?
Any help you can give will be most useful.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: French Law
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Expert:  Thegonnec replied 1 year ago.
Your mother is a resident of France if she spends more than 181 days in France in any 365 day period. If she is an EU national she can obtain a residency card from France automatically by applying at the local préfecture. As for health insurance, she will obtain it through the NHS.She will also become a tax resident in France and have to file tax returns there.If she were to die in France as a French resident, French law would apply to her inheritance, unless she arranged in a will, handled through a notaire in France, or a solicitor in England, to have matters dealt under English law.