Legal Services Offered by our French Law Firm
Legal Services in FranceUpdated on Friday 24th September 2021
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France is now one of the most powerful economies in the European Union which is why it attracts many foreign investors and citizens who want to relocate here for various purposes. With the legislation changing all the time in order to accommodate the needs of foreigners coming to this country, it is advisable to request the services of a law firm in France in order to understand all the changes the laws they are interested in have undergone. Below, you can see the main legal services offered by our English speaking lawyers in France.
Company registration in France
Our lawyers in France offer legal assistance to international clients who want to start a company in France. No matter if you need to open a limited liability company (SARL- Société A Responsabilité Limitée) or a joint stock company (S.A. - Société Anonyme), our French attorneys will represent you in front of authorities from France. You don’t have to come in person in this country in order to start a company, you can give us the power of attorney and we will act on behalf of you, helping you to set up any type of company you want. We also offer you services related to company formation, such as virtual office, accounting services, so you can contact our French law firms.
Support for opening subsidiaries and/or branches in France
If you decide to open a branch or a subsidiary of your company from abroad in France, you can rely on our law firm in France. Our English speaking lawyers in France will handle the entire procedure, until you can start your activity in this country. Moreover, if you would like to know more about the features or branches and subsidiaries before registration in France, you can get in touch with our legal advisors.
Obtaining special permits or licenses
When you run certain types of economic activities in France, you will need special permits and licenses from the French authorities. You are not required to come in person in order to obtain these documents; all you have to do is to get in touch with our French law firms who will handle the procedure in order for you to obtain the authorizations you need, according to the French law.
Mergers and acquisitions
Our French lawyers will assist you with the mergers and acquisitions you want to make, if you are interested in purchasing shares or stocks in a French company or you are involved in a corporate restructuring.
Company liquidation in France
After you decide to finish your business activity in France and you need to liquidate your company, our English speaking lawyers in France will offer you assistance throughout the whole procedure.
Our litigation lawyers in France
Litigation is a proper solution for solving a wide range of disputes in the French court of law. It is important to note that our specialists in France will propose you the amicable procedures before going to court, to see if the parts involved in the dispute can solve the problems without the intervention of the authorities. Breaches of contracts, business-related issues, commercial disputes enter the attention of our litigation lawyers in France who have experience in this important field. If mediation or arbitration can solve a litigation case in France, then there is no need to go to the court of law. Regardless of the selected method, one should note that such disputes might require some time until the final solutions are presented and accepted. You can discuss all the details with our litigation lawyers in France if you want to know more about this matter.
Tax advice and planning
Most foreign investors in France are interested in legal methods of minimization for their taxes. Our French lawyers can offer you different solutions, tailored to your business needs and according to the French law. The registration for taxation is mandatory for companies in France, and the entire process can be attentively overseen by our English speaking lawyers in France. We have a dedicated team who work closely with the entitled authorities, so make sure you receive the legal support you need.
Assistance to foreign citizens relocating to France
Not only nationals can benefit from legal services in France, but also citizens from other countries seeking to relocate to this country. The immigration procedure can be complicated for citizens of certain states, which is why discussing one’s options with a lawyer is recommended. There are several types of visas which can be obtained in France. Among these the work permit and the residence permit are the most sought by foreign citizens. There are also the possibilities of acquiring permanent residency and citizenship in France. In order to become a permanent resident of France implies living here for 5 consecutive years. The 5-year permanent residency is a condition for becoming a French citizen, however additional requirements apply. These can be explained by our English speaking lawyers in France.
Other services for foreign citizens relocating to France
Among the services our attorneys in France offer to foreign citizens moving here are:
- Assistance in buying a property: from real estate due diligence to preparing the sale-purchase agreement, we can guide you through all the stages of becoming the owner of a house.
- Assistance in employment matters: we can review employment contracts and advise in employment litigation cases.
- Trademark registration: foreign citizens who want to register their name with the Trademark Registration Office in France can benefit from guidance from our law firm.
- Assistance in family law matters: from marriage registration to legal assistance in divorce and child custody matters.
We invite you to watch a short video about the services we provide in France:
Support for Family Law matters
Marriage, divorce, custody, child alimony, and child support are important matters covered by the Family Law in France. Couples who want to get married or divorce in France can ask for the legal support of our French lawyers who can oversee the preparation of documents and more.
In the case of divorce or separation, the French court is in charge of the custody decision, mentioning that the authorities will only act in the best interest of the children. Joint custody is available in France, so if you would like to know more about this aspect, we invite you to talk further details to one of our French lawyers and see how they can help you. Get in touch with our French law firms.
Assistance for debt collection in France
Recovering money from companies with debts might be complex cases, especially for foreigners with businesses in France. Nevertheless, the amicable procedure will be offered as a first solution instead of going to the court of law. This procedure comes with a series of advantages, like rescheduling the rates and payments. Our debt collection lawyers in France can help you obtain the best possible results.
Fiduciary services in France
Wealth management, trustee, estate management, nominee director, and power of attorney are among the fiduciary services offered by our French lawyers. Foreign investors can ask for the support of our specialists if they want to start a business in France and be represented from a legal point of view. We can act on your behalf with a power of attorney and we can offer the proper solutions for your future company.
Real estate due diligence in France
Foreign investors interested in buying properties in France are suggested to ask for real estate due diligence, a process that can reveal the status of those properties. The sale-purchase contract requires attention from a legal point of view in order to skip any possible mistakes or errors like hidden litigations, for example. The entire process of a real estate acquisition can be attentively verified and validated by one of our English speaking lawyers in France.
Making investments in France
Legal assistance is important for international entrepreneurs who want to start a business in France, as the legislation might be complex at first sight. A business can be correctly incorporated if legal advice is offered from the start by a professional team of lawyers in France. In matters of business advantages, France is for sure one of the most appreciated destinations for overseas players who want to expand their portfolios in a stable country from an economic point of view and more. France offers world-class infrastructure, a leading and diversified economy (the 5th in the world), an experienced workforce, and complete support for the innovative sector. Plus, it is a known fact that France is a leading financial center in Europe and a top destination for many experienced investors. Here are some facts and figures about the economy and business of France:
- Nearly USD 869 billion represented the total FDI stock for France in 2019.
- More than 50% of the total FDI stock comes from the main investors in France, UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
- France ranked 32nd out of 190 worldwide economies, as stated by the 2020 Doing Business report.
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