French usufruit and continental equivalents; also English will trusts with French issues.
On coming to the UK, an elderly person may ask
their close relatives to act as executors under their
By way of example, what are the consequences,
when following the death of their spouse or partner abroad
prompting the decision to come to the UK, the foreign property that
they inherit from their deceased spouse includes the right to
a usufuit over all or part of the deceased spouse's property?
A lay executor may wish to have guidance as to the implications
of dealing with their relative's estate on their death in those
circumstances. Taking a full legal advice on these issues is
costly, frequently partially informed and therefore unhelpful.
Social media is rarely a satisfactory source of information and
guidance on these technical issues.
Peter Harris' forty years of experience in this area enables him
to give guidance to individuals prior to accepting executorships in
this area without that constituting legal advice or a regulated
legal service. He can therefore assist on an agreed fee basis.
As a Barrister he is also able to provide probate services in
England and Wales and also in Jersey, Channel Islands, and can work
together with notaries and other legal profesionals in the foreign
Peter is also available if needed were the decease to have
already taken place.
Guidance for UK lay executors or heirs confronted with a French usufruit or other continental equivalent