French Law and Legal Advice

French law

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.

Latest Law Articles

Some Cautionary Tales

  1. When buying a property in France, you must never pay any part of the purchase price direct to the seller. The full purchase price (less the deposit which may sometimes be paid to the estate agent) must be

What is an Apostille?

  An Apostille is a certificate that makes ‘local’ documents valid for international use. You may hear people referring to the ‘legalisation of documents’ – ‘legalisation’ being the certification of the document with an Apostille. Apostilles are only valid in

The Loi Carrez, Explained

  The ins and outs of the Loi Carrez, governing floor area measurements, explained…   If you are searching for a flat in France, you may notice that there are two different numbers used to describe the floor space. One

English domicile vs French domicile

If you own property in France you should to be aware of the rules around ‘domicile’. Daniel (Dan) Harris, Head of International and Cross-Border at Stone King LLP, explains why.

English Trusts in France

    Many people might not be aware of the potential tax consequences of an English trust in France. Until recently there was no legal concept of a ‘trust’ under French law, however the legislation has recently been modified to

Stone King International Legal Services

What we do The International Team at Stone King LLP specialises in international and cross-border work. We provide cross-border analysis, estate planning and prepare wills for those with assets in more than one jurisdiction to ensure that they receive joined

How should I own my property in France?

How should I own my property in France? Is there a particular type of ownership that I should choose to ensure my property goes to my spouse when I die? Charlotte Macdonald, a specialist solicitor in Stone King’s international trust