In Britain, it is common practice when purchasing a house to have two different lawyers acting for the respective parties. In France, although conveyancing is usually carried out by a French notaire, it is normal practice and strongly advisable to appoint another lawyer as the notaire must work for both the vendor and the purchaser which may not be a comfortable situation for one of the parties. In addition, the notaire is a tax collector and will not necessarily work in both the parties’ best interests.
We will assist as soon as a property has been found. Usually, the first contract, which is binding for both parties, is drafted by the estate agent responsible for the sale. The estate agent is not a legal specialist and the client risks signing a deal that will not protect his interests. We will help by reviewing and modifying the contract clauses in order to protect the client’s best interest.