Whether you plan to live in France or have a second home there, it will all be easier if you have a French bank account. It also makes paying bills simpler – and some organisations such as phone companies or utilities may insist that you set up a Direct Debit or prélèvement. The easiest bank account to set up is a ‘compte courant’ (current account), to pay bills and everyday French expenses, and have a cheque book.
French Law and Legal Advice
Welcome to our comprehensive guide to French law and the legal system in France, sponsored by Stone King. Here, you can find all the up-to-date French laws, including information on Roman law, property law, and inheritance law in France. Learn about the legal aspects affecting your home and life when you purchase a French property.
French Property Law
Information on the legal process of French property purchase from the initial contract to completion and when you sign the acte authentique.
Introduction to French Law
Here are some essential articles on French law and the legal system in France, including a glossary of useful French legal terms.
Inheritance Law in France
Information on inheritance laws in France including French succession law and the basic rights of spouses, children and other relatives.
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From 1 st May 2016 French notaires will be able to offer a discount on their fees.