Lawyers do not handle real estate transactions in France. This is the job of notaires, public officials with specialized legal training appointed by the Minister of Justice. Now, the notaires’ fee structure is under review and their monopoly may be ended.
The role and remuneration of notaires in France
The role of the notaire is time-honored and highly respected. Notaires also handle other areas of law, such as family and inheritance law. Their involvement ensures that legal acts are legitimate and authentic.