New EU rules about succession came into force on 17 August.
If you own a holiday home on the continent, new EU regulations on cross-border succession could be important to you, even though the UK has opted out of the legislation. The new regulations will allow you to choose for your overseas property to be inherited under the laws applying in your country of ‘habitual residence’ or nationality. As a result, for example, in theory the English owner of a French villa can avoid the forced heirship rules that would otherwise apply to French assets.
The regulations only affect the succession rul