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My French mother-in-law informed my husband (her son) that

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My French mother-in-law informed my husband (her son) that French law states the deceased person's estate must be divided equally between her children, if she is no longer married or widowed. Is it true?
Is it not possible by French law to specify in your will how you would like your estate divided?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: French Law
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Expert:  Thegonnec replied 1 year ago.


What your mother-in law said is (almost) true. If she has 2 children at least 66,33% of her estate will be divided equally between her 2 children, by law. It's called part réservataire. If she has 3 children or more this part réservataire will amount to 75% of her estate. The remaining 33,66% or 25% of the estate can be willed to any person or organization she wants. If no will is written in the proper form though, the entire estate is to be divided equally among all children.