I have many individual clients who own French properties and for whom I deal with all the administrative matters that are connected with their property.

Living in France:

Having worked in France for a multinational company, and following many years of visits and holidays to France, loving the culture, food and way of life, I decided to set up my own practice so that I can assist clients who are purchasing or selling French Properties or those who need assistance with French Wills and Estates.

Services for Private Individuals

French Property Services:
  • Setting up accounts with the utility companies
  • Helping clients set up bank accounts and direct debits.
  • Dealing with taxe d'habitation and taxe foncière.
  • Assisting with and submitting planning applications for works on French properties.
  • Liaising with the notaire and / or agent in respect of your purchase / sale.
  • Organising repairs or renovations to properties.
  • Setting up internet and telephone connections.
  • Organising re-connection / repair to utilities which have failed for one reason or another.
  • Organising emergency plumbers and electricians.
French Wills and Estate Administration:
  • French Will Writing
  • Dealing with French Probate/Administration of Estate Matters

A Small Portfolio

Planning Applications: preparation and filing of applications of behalf of clients owning French properties. Sourcing artisans, interpreting between them, the Mairie and my client; translating the estimates, scheduling in the works.

Tax returns: Assisting with completion of tax forms enabling the client to meet the tight tax deadlines and more importantly avoid any penalties. Advising on exemptions available.

TV licence / taxe d’habitation: Spanish property taxes. Advising on liability for TV licence and taxe d’habitation. Drafting letters to get demands lifted where necessary.

Administrative Authorities: Liaising with client, notaire, gardener and builder where French property was damaged due to overgrown trees. Organising repairs.

General Administrative Letters: I have provided telephone assistance to clients in receipt of general letters and correspondence received from the French Administrative authorities (i.e. banks, gas, telephone, electricity, and water authorities.

French Property Renovation: Examples of work include arranging for stairs to be removed and relocated with new stairway; a loft area converted into two rooms, central heating and plumbing works and much more.

If you own a French property and you would like some help with any of these (or any other) matters, then please call now to discuss your requirements.

Services for Solicitors

If you are preparing wills for clients who have assets in France, you will need to know whether your client should have both and English and French Will or if they have adopted a matrimonial regime which will dictate how their assets are dealt with on death.

I can help you consider French succession and inheritance rules and I can also assist in drawing up a French Will.

Similarly, please contact me in the event that you are dealing with an estate involving French assets. I can contact the relevant authorities on your / your client’s behalf and also assist with the various estate forms and payment of taxes where necessary.