French Property Lawyers
Barney & Co Solicitors specialise in French property and French inheritance matters. Take a moment to view some of our client testimonials below.
Please note that we offer a FREE INITIAL DISCUSSION for not more than 20 minutes of your requirements relating to the purchase or sale of French property or issues relating to that property such as Wills succession rights.
What our clients say....
Mrs SD – March 2019
I accessed a 20 minute free consultation with David. His advice about property inheritance laws and taxes in France was really helpful and beneficial to our decision making. Without this advice, we could have ended up in a legal quagmire!’ David comes highly recommended.
Mrs J S of London – March 2019
David Barney has been instrumental in untangling the Gordian knot of my late husband’s French succession by compelling a reluctant Notary to engage with the paperwork after two years of unresponsive delay. He has been both supportive and knowledgeable and I live in hope of the process being brought to a satisfactory conclusion in the near future.
A Recent Client – October 2018
I first contacted David Barney in 2017 as my fiancé and I were wanting to make the move to France. Our plan was to find a house with a couple of gites that we could buy, live in the main house and run the 2 gites as a business. Right from the outset David was invaluable. He set out the whole buying process – which was key to our planning, but in addition to that, as the French legal system is very different to UK law, he explained how other areas of French law could impact on us e.g. wills and succession, tax as well as matrimonial law, enabling us to plan for/mitigate against.
Having given us really sound advice on the overall legal implications he then became pivotal to the whole buying process liaising with the notaire and seller on our behalf, providing translations of key communications and just ensuring the whole process went smoothly end to end. And it did. We are now living in a converted barn in the Poteau Charante region and have the farm house and stables to rent out for next years holiday season. I could not recommend David highly enough to anyone looking to buy in France having the reassurance of David acting on our behalf coupled with his legal expertise meant that our whole experience couldn’t have been better or the purchase any smoother.
Mr WB of Bristol – July 2018
I would like to take this opportunity, to thank David Barney, of Barney and co, for having worked tirelessly over the last year, to bring closure to my late fathers estate.
David kept us informed every step of the way, and his knowledge in French law , and his persistence was the key to being able after so long to bring this to its conclusion. I would highly recommend David to anyone .
Mr TB of Liverpool – July 2018
I was very grateful for David’s friendly advice and deep knowledge of French inheritance law during the settlement of my father’s estate. He answered my questions promptly and with courtesy and pointed out several important factors that the notaries had missed.
BARNEY & CO THE LAWYERS WHO REALLY CARE!
Theodore Roosevelt once said “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”.
David Barney very much cares that his clients do not get themselves into trouble when they buy a French property and does all he can to try and see that this does not happen! That is why his clients like what he does for them because they know he really cares. How many other lawyers can be said to feel the same?
Buying a Property in France
UK nationals buying a property in France, perhaps for the first time, are going to be faced with a variety of matters with which they are going to be unfamiliar. Buying a property in France, selling a property in France… Read more
Differences when buying a French Property
People buying a property in France do not generally have their own lawyer acting for the on the purchase. This comes as a big surprise to UK nationals who are used to having their own lawyer acting for them when… Read more
French Inheritance Law
Because of the differences in French inheritance law which relate to procedures applying to the succession to French property on death of an owner from those which apply to UK property, we generally advise anyone buying property in France at… Read more
Gifting a Property in France
It may be that you wish to make a gift of the whole or part of your French property. We can advise you on this and make arrangements through competent and experienced Notaires in France for the legal requirements to… Read more
French Legal Advice
The first contract which the buyer is asked to sign, very often in the Estate Agents office, is more often than not drawn up by the estate agents who have no legal qualifications. Because the estate agent’s priority is to… Read more
BARNEY & CO THE LAWYERS WHO REALLY CARE! Theodore Roosevelt once said “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. David Barney very much cares that his clients do not get themselves into trouble… Read more
- the purchase or sale of a property in France
- help with regard to the problems which may in future arise in respect of French property on the death of an owner,
- and the testamentary arrangements which you may need to make should that happen to you,
- any other issues relating to French property and French inheritance law.