In France it is possible that the Marie can step in if a property is in a state of disarray (falling down). This happens more than people realise across the country. Due to the inheritance laws which date back to the Napoleon Years, on the death of the property owner the property must be divided equally between the children. So it is always a good idea to talk to your Notiare when buying a property who will give you advice on property inheritance.
For example should you want to leave the property to your wife or husband after your death it would still go to the children unless your wish is documented. Our Notiare studied our will and wishes regarding the the property which was to go to the surviving husband or wife and then on to the children after the survivors death, the principles of which were documented. In short always ask.
Splitting the property between children seems like a good idea until there is disagreement, say two want to sell and one does not. Until they reach an agreement the property is in limbo, the property just stays off the market for years, becomes derelict and in many cases starts to fall down. Which is what happened to the property close to us.
The Marie had to step in after the roof and the walls started to fall and crumble.
The colour of the stone is gorgeous.
It is now a nice area now that just needs a few plants, tables and chairs.
You can make out where the windows used to be and the outline of a doorway. I do hope that it is kept just like this it tells such a lot about the history of the house.
Event:-Sarlat Goose Festival 2nd and 3rd March. Not good for vegetarians so I am staying away.