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We are a dedicated firm dealing exclusively with French property law, legally qualified both sides of the channel we offer independent bilingual, bi cultural legal advice tailored to your needs. Our comprehensive service provides in depth written reports at every stage of your transaction and delivers the highest level of specialist expertise. We aim to provide efficient solutions to both potential difficulty and new opportunity alike.

Whether it is the purchase or sale of your French home, your holiday residence, a new build project, a leaseback investment or business enterprise, French legal procedure is significantly different from that in the U K and Eire and there are many cautionary tales to be told as witnessed by newspaper article and television program alike. Whatever the nature of your intended transaction we are here to ensure the protection of your interests and provide you with an individual service.

read more › Legally qualified in both the UK & France. Naturally we are fully bilingual & perhaps as importantly we are bi-cultural. Years of experience assisting clients to realize their real estate ambitions in France whilst working as both the 'in house'' French lawyers for UK based solicitors merge with hands on experience of working within notaire's offices in France within the French system. All these factors combine to equip us with a specialist understanding of not only French & British law linked with French succession & tax issues but how these impact upon non-French purchasers, vendors and owners of French real estate.

read more › In this guide, we seek to provide an overview and introduction to the system of property transfer in France. British and Irish nationals encountering the French civil law system for the first time can find this confusing as they meet a number of participant individuals and organisations that are superficially similar to those that are familiar from home but that can operate very differently. Whilst not every case is similar we shall as far as it is possible attempt to introduce them in the order in which those individuals and mechanisms are generally encountered.

read more › We have provided below a brief outline of selected information that may be of general interest. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish us to deal with additional areas and/or refer to our FAQ page. Included among the local taxes payable by property owners and occupiers in France are the taxe fonciere and taxe d'habitation. The taxe fonciere is a tax on ownership of property. Taxe habitation is a tax for which the occupier is liable. It is advisable to obtain copies of previous tax bills from the vendor so that you have a clear idea of annual costs.

read more › A: No, but you really do need a dually qualified one. The initial contract is usually drawn up by the agent, generally in standard format. This may not afford you proper protection without modification. Even if a French speaker, you may not have sufficient command of the language to discuss complicated legal issues or identify areas requiring alteration. Even if the agent speaks English, he/she may not appreciate your contractual needs or be in a position to advise you as to the impact of French succession law in your situation.

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