Yes that horrible word again! Before anyone tells me to go and see a notaire for accurate advice I must say we have done so on three occasions now and still get conflicting answers.
Perhaps someone has a similar problem and can enlighten me as I'm damned if I can figure it out.
I have two children by a previous marriage, have been married to my second husband for 30 odd years, he has no children but has a sister and two nieces. When we bought our first house in France we took advice from the acting notaire who assured us that by buying the house in my husband's name only, he could gift the property and everything else to me without his relatives or mine becoming reciprocants. We paid euros 300 to register our intentions and this document is now held by that notaire.
Recently a friend lost her husband, she has 3 children and has never been married to anyone else, and had the tontine clause in the initial contract of sale. At the funeral the notaire was present and asked the children (adults) to sign papers giving the mother sold rights to the property. Now she wants to sell and have the bank account etc. in her name she has had to pay euros 3000 to achieve this aim only to be now told you can't disinherit children and they will each have to complete and sign another set of forms in order for her to sell. Why I'm writing all this is because she has now told me, there is no way according to her notaire, next of kin can be left out of inheriting. So where does that leave me, if I am the surviving spouse, and we are about to buy another house. If MOH survives me well and good but at 76 we feel a little concerned.
Apparently even if the new law is passed giving non french citizens the right to leave whatever to whomever they choose still does not include the property. I am totally confused. HELP PLEASE!