Sounds pretty straight forward doesn’t it? Family members should be responsible for parents costs or part of them. Thing is I have been sent a order to appear in court in Valence with proofs of wage slips etc regarding the costs of my mother-in-laws nursing home costs. Thing is my wife died 3 and 1/2 years ago and I am not related. I do not live in France and I do not visit etc. - well very often. It seems absurd the summons counter signed by my ex-brother in law stating they want me in place of my daughter (at uni) who is not paying. There are 3 surviving children - the one son (a self employed plumber) is not contributing (surprise surprise) the two others are moaning they are paying 600 and 300. They are claiming they did not suggest I should be called to the court (oh dear) but clearly they are fishing hoping I will take pity. In that case in Scotland the court would not send a summons that falls outwith the law- therefore I am wondering why send it and for me to come will probably cost a months care home costs.
I have read a few things saying death and divorce strike at 205 of the code civil but I don’t know how you trace precedent in France.
I am aware that there are 2 run down houses worth 120,000 but quelle surprise they can’t agree any offers received. The errant plumbing son the main objector - well he doesn’t care.
The whole thing is typically French, houses crumbling into oblivion, an un announced summons rather than saying - can you give us a hand we’ll sort it out when the houses sell and such that the warning bells are ringing - I can walk into court without proper information and get handed a bill for the lot and my break for the border prevented or if I don’t go I get picked up at CDG months later and sent to the legion.
What is the position here as apparently contacting the court results in them saying we don’t set the law -
so £1000 to go there and tell them I am supporting a daughter at uni, have no pension at all as i can’t afford it and will |I be able to summon the French family if my folks go into care?
Any advice or possible referral would be much appreciated. There is also apparently acres of land left to my late wife and other heritage that was left to the children when my late wife’s father’s parents died. It has gone from acres of vines and woodland to complete silence presumably as if they wait long enough no one will be left alive to share in it. Apparently the uncle who basically drunk the place dry and drove around the village in a tractor for 30 years lives in the farmhouse and is claiming 30 years wages under Bonaparte law of farms and sons so the farm has been allowed to die as the rest of the family are terrified of the man. I am not so easily frightened and I am sure that Napoleonic wish to retain farm houses indefinitely was really aimed at the chateau Hougmont - sorry French readers!