French Law Zone
The French legal system can vary significantly from the laws of other countries, especially when it comes to owning property
. The aim of these pages is to outline the implications of French law on property in France, the role of French officials such as the notaires
, and other practical matters for example divorce and property
, and inheritance law
. For information about the French tax system please visit our tax zone
Tax & Law Quarterly Newsletter
To receive periodical French tax and legal updates, sign up
to our newsletter.
Key French legal vocabulary
combines some of the functions of both a barrister and a solicitor and is best translated as lawyer. The French word for a court of law is un tribunal
. Un testament
is a will. The deed of sale in a property transaction is the acte de vente
. A speeding ticket is une contravention pour excès de vitesse
while une amende
is a fine. View legal glossary
More from FrenchEntrée Property....
Looking for a property in France? Visit our Property search.
Are you already living in France? Sorted out you tax returns? Visit our guide to French tax
or our top French tax tips
Or perhaps you want to know whether your British pension will be taxed in France
? Or, maybe you want to find out how other people have found the process of buying a house in France