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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by people owning property in France in order to benefit from the new 2015 European inheritance rules.
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by Matthew Cameron, Ashton KCJ • October 2013
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Updated by Heslop & Platt • October 2013
Certain rules apply to properties which are not connected to mains drainage. French Law Solicitors Heslop & Platt, look at what this means for residential property buyer and sellers.
By Mathew Cameron, Ashton KCJ • April 2013
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’ from a case with a recent client ...
by David Barney, July 2013
A look at tontine
, en indivision
and société civile immobilière
and how this affects the surviving spouse.
Is my English Will valid in France, or must I have a French Will as well? Before accepting a one-size-fits-all foreign will, here's what you should know.
by Overseas Chambers, July 2013
It is essential to grasp the French ownership concept of propriété
, and the implications of usufruit
on inheritance, gifts and other transactions.
By Sally Dilks, Heslop & Platt • April 2013
Of interest to both buyers and sellers. Legal experts from Heslop & Platt detail how money changes hands in a property transaction.
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Agence Eaton French Insurance
Agence Eaton is a leading bilingual insurance bureau of 'Generali Assurances'. Since 1996 we have assisted thousands of English speakers in arranging and supporting insurance policies for their French assets.
AIC Immobilier - Agence Immobilière Céret
AIC was created in 1988 by the architect C. Roux. We operate primarily in Vallespir, Haute Vallespir, Aspres and Albères. Member of SNPI (National Union of Real Estate Professionals).
Contact us for buying or selling a house, villa, apartment, farmhouse or land.
Place de la Mairie
+33 (0) 4 68 87 02 84
Animal Couriers Ltd
Pet Transport between UK and France, we offer a kind caring friendly hands on service for you and your pets either shared or bespoke. We can advise on export /imports and pet passports.
Auvergne Properties is an estate agent specialized in the sale of properties in the Auvergne region of France, with more than twenty years experience in this region of France we can offer you expert advice with regard to both the purchase and/or sale of your property.
Bel Air Homes Agence Immobilière
Agence Immobilière Low Cost Estate Agency.
Why buy through a high commission agency?
It will always be a good idea to buy your property in Brittany with Bel Air Homes, as our sales commission is the lowest at just 2.5 % including VAT.
British Corner Shop
We are the online supermarket for British expats, delivering over 8,000 British food, drink and household products worldwide, straight to your door.
Full service estate agent in Burgundy. 500 plus character property listed in the vineyard towns, and rolling countryside. Charming holiday homes, to castles. Our 8 local bilingual agents help you through the whole purchase process.
Cadogan Tate Côte d'Azur (incorporating Tooth Transport) is based on the Côte d'Azur and has provided international packing, moving, storage, shipping and insurance services for over 30 years.
Centre Linguistique pour Etrangers
- Courses for adults from one week to several months
- Small group classes, maximum of 7 students per class
- Private tutoring
- Professional and enthusiastic teaching staff
- Welcoming host families or furnished apartments
- In Tours in the Loire Valley, where the «finest» French is spoken
- Direct flights from London, 55 minutes from Paris by TGV
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- French property purchase or sale
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- Help with finance, surveys and valuations
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We offer full or part loads to France, Spain and other destinations. We can also bring full or part loads back to the UK. We have regular outgoing part loads to France, which are ideal for French property owners wishing to transport items back to their continental homes.
Fred Phillips Removals Ltd
We're a family run removal firm, offering a full range of services. We have regular loads going to all areas of France and will gladly try to accommodate any customer requirements.
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Gary Automobiles LHD Specialists
Specialists in supplying quality New and Pre-owned French registered vehicles.
We are a French registered (English owned) company and we will purchase and take in part exchange LHD or RHD vehicles.
Greenwich Taxation Services
English-French bilingual Chartered Accountant with over 13 years of experience in both France and the UK. We are therefore well placed to advise on tax issues for both countries.
Our personal taxation services include:
• Preparation of UK and French income tax returns
• Preparation of French wealth tax returns
• Tax planning for expatriates (UK and France)
• Assistance with tax investigations in both countries
• General personal French and UK tax advice
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Kilrush Cars Limited
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