If you are named as an heir of the deceased person, you may accept or refuse the succession. Generally speaking, an heir renounces a succession if the deceased’s total debts exceed the value of the property bequeathed. If you accept the succession, you may not subsequently change your mind. You must pay the debts up to a maximum of the value of the property that you inherit. If you renounce the succession, you must sign an act before a notary. You must make a decision within six months of the death.