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
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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
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