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Is there an historic right of way across your French property? Don’t despair as there may be a way to protect your privacy, reveals solicitor Sean O’Connor

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Life in France

Ad Feature French will problems and misconceptions

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

French notaires may be authorised in France to draft cheap French wills, but are they best qualified to draft wills for English & Welsh nationals. We met Daniel (Dan) Harris, a specialist international and cross-border lawyer at the headquarters of Stone King LLP to ask him for his views .

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Before buying a French property, check the neighbours haven’t made a formal complaint about an extension or new building on the boundary – or it could become your problem

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Life in France

With Britons living in France being advised to apply for a carte de séjour before Brexit, here’s what you need to know about how and where to apply for a residency permit

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Do couples in UK civil partnerships need to enter into a French one before buying property in France? Stefano Lucatello has the answers

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Life in France

Do you know how to safeguard your UK property from con artists while you’re living or holidaying in France?

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Is a ‘notary public’ in the UK the same as a ‘notaire’ in France?

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Buying guides

Dealing with a loved one dying is difficult in any circumstances, let alone in a different country. To simplify the process as much as possible, here are the administrative procedures and legalities you need to know about when dealing with a death in France

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Once a price has been agreed, the buyer and seller of a French property sign a preliminary contract, the compromis de vente. Here is everything you need to know about this legally binding contract

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If you want to give someone the power to act on your behalf in France, whether to sign your property purchase documents or if you lose mental capacity, you’ll need to apply for the French equivalent of power of attorney

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Should you have a British or French will? Will Brexit make a difference? Do you have to pay inheritance tax? Here are 5 things you might not know about making a will for your French assets

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From a compromis de vente to a promesse de vente, there are a number of contracts that you might have to sign when buying a French property. Here’s a brief guide to the most common sale contracts and what that mean

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Before making a French will make sure you understand the French and European regulations and the different types of French wills

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Pre-purchase surveys aren’t as common in France as they are in the UK but there are a number of reasons why it could be a good idea

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If you’re selling a French property through an estate agent you will be asked to sign a mandate. These are the crucial things you need to understand before you sign

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Selling French property

The legal timeline for property transactions in France is quite different to the UK – learn the different stages of a French property purchase so you know what to expect

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