My mother, infirm and living in the US, wants to transfer ownership of property in France to me. What legal documents do I have to show French authorities to transfer that property into my name? Who are those authorities, anyway? Will I have to produce those documents personally at some French office? Will I need to hire a lawyer to process the paperwork?

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    You will probably need to consult a specialist, perhaps a lawyer or at least a consultant.
    – gerrit
    Jan 16, 2017 at 18:45
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    The person you will mostly talk to is a “notaire”. They will file the necessary paperwork with the authorities and you will pay a hefty fee (proportional to the value of the property) for the pleasure. You are not allowed to circumvent them. You can hire a lawyer if there are some complications but you and your lawyer will still need to go through a notaire.
    – Relaxed
    Jan 16, 2017 at 19:01
  • This webpage notaires.fr/fr/annuaires-notaire allows to search for english speaking notaires, if that matters.
    – audionuma
    Jan 17, 2017 at 13:38


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