My parents who reside in the UK, are Mauritian and built a house on the south coast a number of years ago. Their wills state that my sister and I will inherit the house when the time comes.
Problem: My sister and I were born in the UK and hold UK passports - we do not have dual nationality. I've heard a rumor that because we're not technically classed as Mauritian (i.e. hold ID card/passport) then we cannot inherit or sell the land if we wished to do so.
I've heard that I'd need to apply for dual nationality to get round this problem. Is this correct? I've emailed the address on their government's site, no reply.
HELLO ; YOU REALLY HAVE TO BE THERE TO GET THINGS DONE ON THAT ISLAND; YES #1
GET YOU DAUL/CITIZENSHIPS; #2 YOU MUST GET YOUR MRU ID, CARDS; AS PEOPLE THERE WILL NOT "HELP YOU"!! BRING ALL BIRTH CERIF(S) SHOWING YOU RIGHT(S)!!!
AND DO YOURSELF A BIG FAVOR 'TELL NO ONE WHAT YOUR ARE DOING" (REF) SUCH AS FAMILY MEMBERS ON THE ISLAND; AS THEY WILL "RUN" TO PUT A CLAIM IN ON THE PROPERTY.
BEST OF LUCK AS YOU WILL NEED IT!!!!!
In fact, the best thing to do is to give a power of attorney to someone you know here ( or else entrust to a notary/solicitor here) and if you wish, I can manage to sell the property and your representative will then cash the funds, do all paperworks and then transfer yo the funds.
Powers of attorney are done in UK, then an apostille will be affixed (Hague Convention) and this same document will then be legalised and enforced here.
The safest is to appoint any of these 2 professionals as they are legally bound to execute your wishes.
Thanks for the responses, I've spoken with a Solicitor in Mauritius:
For those that own property in Mauritius your children are automatically entitled to an equal share regardless of nationality or whether they hold an ID card/Mauritian passport. Writing a will is a waste of money as they have automatic entitlement. Without an ID card the only thing they can't do is buy property in Mauritius but they can sell the property they have inherited without a problem.
Hello, I dont know if you are still on this board.
Could u help out with the name of a solicitor.
I am in the same situation. My mother has a house in Mauritius.
I was born in Mauritius. No ID card.
I have UK passport.
I really need some help. Well my maternal grandfather just deceased and he never put grandma on his land contract but was married "corps et bien". Well I live upstairs my late grandfather's house for the last 35 years and I also extended the 2 existing rooms with the permission of grandfather when he was alive. Well now I want to know what are my rights to live up there as ,my grandfather had 4 daughters in all and 2 of them already passed away among which my mother who left my brother, my sister and myself. I have my 2 aunts who want to take everything telling me I have no rights there or sometimes they say that I will get mostly nothing out of it if they make the land surveyed. I really need some help..Thank you.
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Greetings. I am in Mauritius. Currently, my father is facing some property issues. The property was actually owned by my grandfather. The latter did not do any will while he was alive. After his death, after much discussions and conflicts, my father and his siblings finally agreed on the division of property and the part of the property that each one will be entitled. My grandfather had 2 sons and 4 daughters. This happened a few decades back.
Recently, my uncle called for a land surveyor to survey his part of land. Since he was using a portion of my father's land (4 acres) as his entrance, he said my father's signature to finalise his survey document. My father clearly disagreed to sign any kind of documents due to the climate of mistrust that his brother has created. My uncle is not our immediate neighbour and our homes are separated by a road.
A few days after this issue, my uncle informed my father through relatives that he wished to add an extra floor to his house. And to be able to do that, he requires my father's signature on some official documents.
It surprises me why he requires such a signature as we not his immediate neighbours and also we are not at all concerned about what he does with his house or property. Can anyone advise if such a signature is really needed. My father is very worried and due to his old age, its really affecting his health.
Grateful if you could provide me your opinions/advises on this issue.