Foreign assets and Wills


If you have assets located outside England and Wales, it may be advisable to have a Will drawn up in the jurisdiction in which they are located. It is very important, if you have a Will in more than one country, that you inform your legal advisers in both countries to avoid any conflict between the Wills and ensure that one has not been revoked by the other.

You must also ensure that legislation in a foreign country in which you have assets does not conflict with your Will. For example, a number of countries have the legal concept of ‘forced heirship’. This can supersede your Will and means that certain individuals may automatically be entitled to an asset in your estate irrespective of your wishes.

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