What to Do in the Event of Death.

Accepting or Refusing a Succession

Ministère de la Justice

If the deceased has designated you as an heir, you may accept or refuse the succession. Generally speaking, an heir will refuse a succession if the deceased’s total debts exceed the value of the property bequeathed. If the deceased has left debts and you accept the succession, you must pay the debts up to the value of the inheritance.

You have six months from the date of death to accept or refuse a succession.However, this period is automatically extended for as long as necessary to give you 60 days from the publication of the liquidator’s notice of closure of inventory in the register of personal and movable real rights (RDPRM) to make a decision.

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