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Local taxes relating to your French property

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As the saying goes, timing is everything. In terms of property transactions, it can have financial implications. If you own a French property, completing its sale at the right time can save you money. The main reason for this is the French tax system. There...

French pensions and probate: entitlements for widow(er)s and ex-spouses

Lea Maynard
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When dealing with the estate of a deceased who spent some time working in France, it is possible that they might have received French pensions during their lifetime. Just as in the UK, there are two types of pension: the mandatory French State pension,...

What is a notaire?

Hubert Watin-Augouard
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In France, notaires are not only qualified lawyers, such as English Solicitors, but also public officers. Appointed by the Minister of Justice to act on behalf of the State, their duty is to the ‘transaction’ involved and to ensure everything is...

Tontine clauses - one option to avoid forced heirship to French property

Lea Maynard
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France’s succession law is notorious for its principle of forced heirship, whereby children are the reserved heirs of their parents. Therefore, on the death of the first parent, the children have a protected right to inherit part of the estate which...

Lessons to be learned from leaseback losses

Paul Belliere-Wilson
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The plight of UK investors faced with significant costs after purchasing leaseback properties in France has highlighted the need for potential buyers to take legal advice before signing on the dotted line. French property leaseback schemes have been...

What happens to a property in France when a couple separate?

Emilie Bensmihen
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It is usual for couples to buy property together, either as a permanent or holiday home, or even as an investment, however, when the relationship ends, the property is still owned by both. The way the property was purchased and is owned, and whether the...

Renovating in France

Sally Dilks
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With the strong Euro exchange rate, you are currently able to get a lot more property for your pounds so it's an excellent time to buy property abroad. If you are considering buying and renovating a property in France there are a few things you need to...

Let the seller beware!

Sally Dilks
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Sellers of property in France are under an ever increasing obligation to better inform their buyers. Since 1 November 2007 sellers have been legally obliged to supply their buyers with a file of home inspection reports, known as Dossier de Diagnostic...

Owners of property in France should consider making a new Will now!

Sally Dilks
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From August 2015 a new EU legislation may have implications for anyone who owns assets in an EU State which has “opted in”. The Regulation, known as “Brussels IV”, was passed in 2012. It will not come fully into force until 17 August...