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Making a english will while living in Switzerland

Hi everyone,
Now that we have had our first baby we want to make a will. Does anyone know how we go about making a will under english law while living in Switzerland?

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Old 27.06.2014, 13:53
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Hi everyone,
Now that we have had our first baby we want to make a will. Does anyone know how we go about making a will under english law while living in Switzerland?

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Gemma
Talk to an English sollicitor next time you're in Blighty.

I think you also need to make some sort of statement in Switzerland that you wish your inheritance to be handled by English law rather than Swiss.

I'm no expert though, so I'm sure others will correct me and fill in the details.
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Re: Making a english will while living in Switzerland

We consulted an lawyer and a notary. English wills (for British citizens who are not also Swiss!) will be respected under Swiss law. However Swiss inheritance taxes will be applied. It is essential that the authorities are aware that you have a will drawn under English law, otherwise Swiss law will apply. You may be able to deposit your will at your local community offices.

We used an online service, as the provisions were very simple. If there's anything even slightly out of the ordinary, consult an English solicitor. For us, it was just a case of
1) First to spouse
2) Then to kids (equal split)
3) Where it's to go if there are spouse and kids aren't survivors
4) Who looks after the kids if they're under 18 when we pop our clogs.
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Re: Making a english will while living in Switzerland

I'm interested in this too - something I've been meaning to do for a while. I want to be sure that my brother in the UK would have no problem inheriting money that I have in a Swiss bank, as well as in an offshore UK bank. Can you tell me what online service you used?
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Re: Making a english will while living in Switzerland

Could you please post details of the online service you used, many thanks.
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Re: Making a english will while living in Switzerland

it's really worth getting the advice of a swiss lawyer otherwise all you will do is create misery for those you leave behind. other than that all i can add is that:

english property --> english will

swiss property --> swiss will

swiss bank accounts are quite a grey area, it depends on domicile etc so you should go to a swiss lawyer then to an english one to make sure that the wills dovetail.
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it's really worth getting the advice of a swiss lawyer otherwise all you will do is create misery for those you leave behind. other than that all i can add is that:

english property --> english will

swiss property --> swiss will

swiss bank accounts are quite a grey area, it depends on domicile etc so you should go to a swiss lawyer then to an english one to make sure that the wills dovetail.
We specifically consulted a Swiss lawyer over this issue because we were buying a house. His advice was that it makes no different if you own Swiss property - you can still use an English will.

The online service we used is: http://www.tenminutewill.co.uk/
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