French Property

The process of purchasing a house or flat in France differs in a number of ways from the process in the UK. This means it’s vital you retain the services of a French-speaking solicitor with experience in this area if you want your French purchase to go through successfully and with minimum stress.

Our dual-qualified, bilingual property solicitor Marina Boggi is perfectly placed to help you throughout the process, including assisting with:

  • reviewing all the documents relating to the purchase, including the sale contract or compromis de vente – meaning you don’t need to instruct a French notary to act on your behalf
  • explaining in English all the main points of the documentation and highlighting any issues
  • legalising your signature of the Power of Attorney whether for the initial contract or compromis de vente or on completion: in France, for the initial contract and on completion of a sale/purchase, a meeting takes place where all the parties sign the contract/deed. If you are unable to attend, a notary will draft and send you a Power of Attorney so that someone from the notary office can sign on your behalf. This signature needs to be legalised
  • advising as to how to deal with properties in France when it comes to drafting a will under English law
  • advising about inheritance in France and about wills in general under French law

Contact the team

Recent work undertaken

  • Advised clients looking to purchase a property in France on the sale contract or compromis de vente
  • Acted for clients from the start to the completion of their French purchase, including giving a comprehensive review of all documents and communicating with the French notary and estate agent

What it will cost

We are happy to have an initial discussion over the phone regarding international matters free of charge. After that we will charge a consultation fee if a meeting is required. During this we will endeavour to provide a fixed price quotation for our services and clear guidance on any further costs. The consultation fee will usually be deducted from the overall legal costs.