All property purchases in France must be done under the auspices of a Notaire. The Notaire or Notary is a French lawyer, trained specifically in French property law. The Notary is officially licensed by the French government to execute real estate transactions.
The notary advises on specific items, such as ensuring that you choose a suitable regime for buying in order not to fall foul of French inheritance laws and the potentially high inheritance tax. You will need to provide the necessary proofof identity information and the Notaire will draw up the property deed documents. Upon completion of the transaction the Notaire has an obligation to collect all taxes imposed and to pay them over to the relevant authorities (see French Property taxes).
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