French Property Law
The French Property team at Furley Page helps clients to buy their dream home in France, by assisting with legal issues surrounding the buying and selling of property in France. The team also advises on the preparation of Wills, French succession and the administration of French Estates.
Use the form on the right to send us your enquiry or telephone 01227 763939 to speak to a member of the French property services team.
Buying a property in France can be a daunting experience, particularly as it involves understanding another country's law and dealing with documents in the French language. The team members are fluent French speakers. They will guide you through the complexities involved when buying or selling property in France, including the French law of succession and French Inheritance tax, which are key to helping you decide the best ownership structure to use. We will explain the whole process and what it means to you and your family. We offer prompt, speedy and effective legal advice on the French system. We can help sellers calculate their Capital Gains Tax liability on a sale, as well as advising on the sale process itself.
The French property law services we offer include:
The loss of a loved one can be a stressful time for family and friends, without the added worry of having to deal with cross border issues. We can liaise with Notaires in France to sort out the distribution of assets located in France, explain to you how French law applies and clarify the French inheritance tax position. We will ensure you understand the estate administration documents you will be required to sign as a beneficiary and help you through the process. This work can be carried out in conjunction with helping you administer the English estate.
We have a Notary Public at Furley Page who can notarise documents for you which are required for use in France, such as a Power of Attorney appointing someone else to execute the Acte de Vente on your behalf on the day of completion. We can arrange the affixing of the Apostille on notarised documents, where necessary.
French Taxes Update
Following the appointment of new French President François Hollande in May 2012 the French Government has made a number of changes the French taxation system. The new tax laws were published in the Loi de Finances Rectificative de 2012 (LDFR 2012) and entered into force on 17 August 2012.
Sarah [Bogard] and her staff carried out a very thorough and knowledgeable study of our circumstances and provided the best solutions to some quite difficult situations - I can recommend her unreservedly.
Mr and Mrs H (March 2010) : French Property Clients
“…provided a prompt, professional and polite service. Your Solicitors were knowledgeable and were able to assist us through the process of purchasing our property in France. Florence Richards was particularly helpful with above.”
Mr & Mrs M - Client of Florence Richards