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French property and succession

Making the dream a reality

For many people, owning a French property is a life-long dream. While buying a house in France may appear straightforward, there are pitfalls arising from some unique characteristics in French property law and conveyancing procedures.

Members of our French Property group are bi-lingual French property lawyers and have an extensive network of estate agents and other contacts throughout France. Whether you live in Suffolk, Essex or another part of the UK, they can advise you on the laws regarding French property, French inheritance and succession law, the tontine clause (change of matrimonial regimes), ISF (Wealth Tax), Plus Value (Capital Gains Tax) and tax planning. Our contacts with English lenders who specialise in French property purchases are also at our clients' disposal.

We try to take the worry out of French property sales and purchases, helping to make the dream a reality. Prettys aims to make any French property transfer as easy as possible for our clients. We highlight additional considerations often overlooked when purchasing a property overseas such as cross border French inheritance law, wealth tax, French Capital Gains Tax, as well as the practicalities of letting out or selling property in France.

Planning foreign interests carefully is essential to avoid complications in the future. We provide specific advice with respect to wills and succession law to ensure that costly conflicts or claims on overseas property are avoided.

French property

We take the worry out of French property sales and purchases, helping to make the dream a reality. We aim to make any French property transfer as easy as possible for our clients. We highlight additional considerations often overlooked when purchasing a property overseas such as cross border French inheritance law, wealth tax, French Capital Gains Tax, as well as the practicalities of letting out or selling property in France.

Buying French property need not be a traumatic or worrying exercise provided that you understand that the laws and procedures involved differ from those with which you are familiar in this country.

French taxation

Planning now for your French interests is essential to avoid future complications or surprises with respect to French taxation. French and UK capital gains tax ('CGT' in relation to the English form of the tax) must be taken into account if you make a capital gain from the disposal of your property and other assets situated in France. Similarly inheritance tax may be relevant to you.

Buying French property need not be a traumatic or worrying exercise provided that you understand that the laws and procedures involved differ from those with which you are familiar in this country.

 “They also have notable specialisms in...administration of estates and French domestic property.” – Chambers & Partners

Please get in touch: call us on 01473 232121, request a call back or email us.

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Zöe Hodge

Partner and Head of Estates

e zhodge@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298304

Mary Felgate

Secretary

e mfelgate@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298364

Zöe Hodge

"friendly, personable and empathetic"

Legal 500 2016

 

Zöe is a Partner in the Estate Planning department and has over ten years’ experience in Wills, Estates, Tax and Trusts having trained at a local firm. She joined Prettys in October 2007 and was promoted to Partner in May 2013 and is Head of the Estate Planning department.

Zöe advises on all aspects of private client work including Wills, probate, the administration of insolvent estates, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications, care fee planning advice, inheritance tax planning, trusts and contentious probate matters.

Zöe is a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) following her successful completion of a post-graduate diploma. STEP is the leading professional body for trust and estate practitioners worldwide and full members are considered the most experiences and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates.

Zöe’s recent instructions include:

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