Cross border estate planning in Scotland and France – navigating forced heirship

Thursday 1 December 2022 at 6pm for 6:30pm start

Cross border estate planning in Scotland and France – navigating forced heirship

In Person

Address: Capital Square, 58 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8BP

This event will talk about the comparison of limitations on testamentary freedom and forced heirship rules in Scotland and in France, an examination of how these might affect those with interests in both countries and a discussion around estate planning solutions for navigating them


Emilie Bensmihen, Buckles LLP.

Emilie is a French native and qualified French Avocat since 2008. After practicing a few years in France and Luxembourg, Emilie moved to the UK in 2016 to work in the French team at Buckles Solicitors. Emilie is also qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales. Her main area of expertise is French property and inheritance law. She advises UK residents/nationals on any issue related to French properties or French assets, including estate planning with a French element, administration of cross-border estates and separation with a French property. With a background in civil litigation, Emilie also advises individuals on contentious issues related to their French assets.

Jessica Flowerdew, Brodies LLP:

Jessica is a Senior Associate in the Personal & Family team at Brodies LLP. She is qualified to practice in Scotland and advises a wide range of clients on all aspects of personal law include estate planning, inheritance tax, executry administration, trusts and issues affecting adults with incapacity. As a dual French/British national and fluent French speaker, Jessica has a particular interest in Scottish/French cross border estate planning and succession matters. She sits on the Scottish committee of the Franco British Lawyers Society.

The Presentation will be followed by a chance for networking with drinks and spectacular views over Edinburgh’s skyline

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