New French Law Increasing Protection Provided by the Forced Heirship Rule

For foreign lawyers or expatriate families not familiar with French inheritance laws, but with assets in France, it is important to be aware of the existence of the forced heirship rule provided by articles 912 and following of the French Civil Code. According to this rule, some heirs, namely the deceased’s children and in some… Continue reading New French Law Increasing Protection Provided by the Forced Heirship Rule

Distribution of Kobe Bryant’s Estate: Comparison of Succession Laws in PRC and the United States

On 27 February 2020, a public memorial for great Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna was held at Staples Center, Los Angeles. Mourners gathered to honour the lives of Kobe and Gianna, who passed away in a helicopter accident along with seven passengers on 26 January 2020. Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, who made her… Continue reading Distribution of Kobe Bryant’s Estate: Comparison of Succession Laws in PRC and the United States

French Inheritance Law and Cross-border Probate in Hong Kong

When dealing with a cross-border probate case, it is important to understand what the foreign law involved provides. This is the reason why, with the increasing number of probate cases involving French nationals residing in Hong Kong, we have made a brief introduction to the French inheritance process. There are many differences between civil and… Continue reading French Inheritance Law and Cross-border Probate in Hong Kong

Legal Consequence of Failure to Indicate Acceptance of Legacy

Citizens may, by making a will, bequeath their personal property in part or in full to the state, a collective or persons other than the statutory successors. However, in reality, there have been cases where successors lose their rights to inherit the estate due to a failure to indicate acceptance within the stipulated time frame.… Continue reading Legal Consequence of Failure to Indicate Acceptance of Legacy