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 Post subject: UK Based French Property Lawyer?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:23 pm 
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Hello,

We have had an offer accepted on a property in the Lot-et- Garonne.

Our estate agent is english, our vendor is english and the Notaire is fluent in english.

Wondering what the concensus of opinion was regarding the use of a UK french property solicitor to act

on our behalf? I understand that he/she would be the only person protecting our interests. Has anyone used one and have any recommendations?

Is it worth the extra cost?

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 Post subject: Re: UK Based French Property Lawyer?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:04 pm 
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Hello Altselgreen and welcome to the forum :)

A Notaire is there to make sure the law is complied with so acts for the State. If you use a French notaire of your own, the fee is split between the two of them.

Regarding using your own UK solicitor, I think a lot depends on the value of the property you are buying, whether you have neighbours, whether there are likely to be problems regarding boundaries - it's absolutely vital to check these. You'd be surprised how many people buy properties and then get a surprise when the boundaries/parcels of land aren't quite what they thought !

I imagine you are anxious not to forget to ask some vital question - something a solicitor experienced in French conveyancing may be able to help you with. I don't know anyone who has gone down this route so cannot offer you any feedback on this.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Based French Property Lawyer?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:10 am 
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Blaze has set out the situation perfectly, but I have 2 comments. Firstly, I'd discount the value of the agent and vendor being English: agents don't necessarily give the whole warts-and-all position and the same goes for vendors.
If the notaire sticks to the guidelines, she/he will insist on a certified translation of the compromis (preliminary agreement) and acte de vente (sale deed), or an interpreter present on both occasions . Fine if the notaire instructs an experienced English translator. The cost is high as both documents are long, excessively wordy and very technical (and very boring).

If you feel more comfortable having it all explained across the water, here are some English lawyers who specialise in French property transactions:

http://www.pannone.com/solicitors-for-you/international-property/france
http://www.anglofrenchlaw.co.uk/about.htm
http://www.savagecrangle.co.uk/services-french-prop.html

I've no idea what the cost might be.

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 Post subject: Re: UK Based French Property Lawyer?
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Thank you, Mad - I rather hoped you'd help out here ;)


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