Bright Avocats

Bright Avocats as a TWEET:

Toulouse based law firm, native English, French qualified lawyers; 25+ years; corporate law, family law, inheritance & wealth, real estate; efficient, professional, plain English.

Bright Avocats as a COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO:

A ‘Cock-a-doodle-doo’ is the French version of a ‘Tweet’ that allows you crow interminably about how wonderful you are!

Most readers though will not get this far. In our hectic, information-saturated, snap chat, minute-burger, google-ized world, everyone wants everything right now.

Which is why even presidents communicate to their electorate by tweets; they cut to the chase, strip information down to its bare essentials and deliver it 144 characters at a time by tweeting.

We appreciate that our clients also have better things to do than read, a long-winded big-me-up, so let’s cut to the chase and tell you what you really need to know.

Bright Avocats exist to help combat progressive society’s number one enemy: The French bureaucratic system. Nobody can speed it up, but we know exactly what to do in order that it doesn’t slow you down.

How do we do this? Well, it’s about being well informed, up to date with the latest legal twist, and then diligently applying the procedure in a timely manner.

It sounds easy doesn’t it? Believe us it isn’t. 

Coordinating the collection of rubber-stamps needed to move anything forward is only the result of attentive listening and intelligent deduction. In order to advise you on the correct course of action, we will ask you all the right questions. Sometime they’re unexpected, sometimes they’re unwanted, but knowing precisely what you need allows us to get the job done as quickly and as pain-free as the French system will allow, and then guide you to the best possible outcome.

Our range of legal experience is broad and covers most personal and professional issues. Without wanting to brag, or say ‘we’ve seen it all before’, in over 25 years, we almost certainly have. There’s a full list below if you want to check.  

Lastly, you’ll want to know how much buying quick and effective legal services costs. ‘Less than if you don’t’ is the quick waggish answer but - in most cases - we are happy to give a binding quote.  In order for us to do this we need to have a clear idea of your situation and what needs to be achieved.

An email, outlining this is a good starting point.

Send it to [email protected] and we’ll take it from there.

Sarah Bright Thomas

French Lawyer (Avocat)



Purchasing:  buying real estate in France is very different from the purchase of real estate in England in that the sale contract becomes binding on the parties at a much earlier stage.

The French notary is in charge of conveyancing, Avocats intervene to ensure that their clients’ interests are correctly represented when the final deed of sale is executed.


Most investors in France are aware of the concept of the hereditary reserve whereby a certain percentage of a person’s assets are vested in the children on death by operation of law. This can cause difficulties where one parent has remarried and wants to ensure that the surviving spouse will have peaceful enjoyment of the residence in France.

Different techniques can be used to try to improve the situation of the surviving spouse and to limit tax exposure: e.g. drafting a will for assets in France, setting up a property holding company, entering into a marriage contract in France, building a “tontine” clause into the purchase deed, etc.

No solution is perfect and each case must be carefully analysed in order to determine the technique the best adapted to the case in question.


France has not always attracted investment in this domain due to relatively high corporation tax, the 35-hour working week, high social security contributions and stringent labour law.

However, France is at the forefront of certain cutting-edge technologies (IT, aeronautics, telecommunications, etc.) and is attracting more and more foreign investment.

Recent changes in legislation have facilitated the setting-up of companies, in particular by allowing investors to set up a private limited company with only nominal share capital.

If you do intend creating a company in France and possibly employing people, you should be aware of the statutory obligations incumbent upon the employer and/or company director.