How to find a reputable solicitor

Having a good indepentent legal advisor for proper advice and protection on all legal issues is a vital component of the French propety purchasing process.
 

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Thorough preparation for your house purchase in France is vital and the more research you do at the outset, the easier the process will be. Money spent on employing the services of a bilingual solicitor, well versed in French law, is money well spent. 

When searching for a solicitor you will ideally want to find someone who is trained in all aspects of ownership of property in France including all tax implications, who can guide you through the whole process. It is always best to go on recommendation but at the very least, check that the solicitor you find is qualified in French law and will offer you the complete service throughout the whole process. It is advisable to have a meeting with your lawyer even before you have found your property in order to benefit from general advice on what to buy and any key issues which may be involved in the purchase. The first act, the “Compromis de Vente” is very important both in what is written into it and what is left out. A good solicitor will advise you on this.

 

A French notaire will carry out the conveyancing procedure but remember that he is not there to give legal advice but simply to make sure the transaction is carried out according to French law. You are at liberty of course to appoint your own notaire at no extra cost since if there are 2, they will simply share the fees, but it is still better to hire your own independent lawyer at the outset.

 

Finding a good solicitor is something we can help you with. The professional people we recommend have all been checked by us as reputable and trustworthy. Don’t be tempted to pick the first person you see in, say an internet search but take advice from those who know. It will pay off in the long run to know you are fully protected both now and in the future.


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