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started by: Nicholas Copeland · last update: 1571400081 · posted: 1571400081

Just asking if anyone is familiar with a good divorce lawyer who is bilingual in english around Biarritz/Anglet/Bayonne? Thank you for any insight. 

started by: ChrisLodge · last update: 1504636061 · posted: 1504520313

HiMy French wife and I are still resident in the UK at the moment although we have owned a house in the Gironde for around five years.  We are now considering moving to France on a permanent basis.  Can anyone recommend an accountant with expertise in both French and UK tax law?

started by: Leslie-Ryding-901922 · last update: 1502870641 · posted: 1497080340

any info on applying for a carte de sejour permanent?

started by: MAT-863713 · last update: 1495121438 · posted: 1495121437

Hello everyoneI'm trying to navigate the minefield that is setting up an auto-entrepreneur business with my wife involved without falling into any traps, stepping on mines or finding unexpected surprises in the post. I've read a lot so far on many different message boards, some outdated, other horror stories and quite a lot of confused people! I was hoping someone could give us a few pointers or advice about how they've found the experience and coping with the extra social charges etc. There are a few options to choose in the setup, mostly to do with pension quarters. I'd be grateful for any advice! We are setting up a small chambre d'hotes in the Dordogne with two bedrooms to start with, expanding up to four in the near future. My wife and I would be working together as equal partners. Thanks very much!

started by: Factseeker · last update: 1465487856 · posted: 1464980225

Hi,I am English my wife is a French lady.We have been put off returning to living and buying a property in France - which we would very much like to do -  due to apparent considerable problems ref IHT and the onerous nature of them in our situation.Our 3 daughters are all grown and living at various points of the compass worldwide - so non French resident.Although they all grew up together - the 2 elder girls are from a first marriage 3O odd years ago - in other words my wife is not their legal mother ( although they consider her that ) or for that matter not their relative either.The main problem circles around the fact that should I die before my wife then the 2 eldest daughters are not in any way associated with my wife from the IHT perspective.This represents no problem whatsoever if we are UK based..I have tried for a considerable time to get to the 'real' facts on a particular point concerning IHT in France.1. If none of our daughters are resident in France - would they be         subject of French IHT should both my wife and I die??   Or is their tax 'responsibility' for any IHT in their country of residence? I ask this as in France it seems to be the recipient of any Inheritance who is taxed and not as with the UK the 'Estate' of the deceased.A French Notaire recently seemed to indicate that any 'Inheritance' was nothing to do with the French State if a non resident.I find that very hard to believe.I could sure do with advice on this right now as otherwise we buy in UK.Hope to hear soonest if anyone has met this situation.Best Rgds.Factseeker

started by: Alexander-Mootoo-857147 · last update: 1461276776 · posted: 1461276776

Hi there!I have been trying to register to vote in the upcoming elections/referendum in the UK, but my previous electoral services office needs a British resident, registered as an overseas voter and not a blood relative of mine to "support" my application (basically say that I am indeed who I say I am). Is there any one of you out there in Aquitaine? Preferably Bordeaux.If so I would be really grateful if you could come forward and give some of your time - not really that much actually! - and help a yound voter who just wants to fulfil his civic duty. Look forward to hearing from you. All the best!

started by: Liam123-987079 · last update: 1459421156 · posted: 1457969365

Hello. We have a French tenant in an annexe to our house. He has been there since January 2012. We gave him six months "notice to quit" 30/09/2015. I understand the difficulty in getting a tenant to leave before mid April. He wishes to stay citing the agreement has automatically renewed for three years after the contract finished January 2015.He has his own front door and private accommodation. The electric supply passes through our house but has a meter for his 'cottage'. He paid for the electricity and water for 3 and a half years, but nothing since last summer. Are we stuck with him?

started by: jrds@live.ca · last update: 1455311400 · posted: 1454791823

I am seeking information on whether it is acceptable, under the terms of a Carte de Sejour, for a Canadian artist to sell art she has created in France, during "Open Studio" events, at her home studio in Serres Morlaas. If anyone has information or experience in this area I would be most grateful to hear from you. Ross D Smith, Serres Morlaas

started by: sandyns · last update: 1452679346 · posted: 1452015434

Do I need an advocat or a Notaire if I want to change my Will?  Any recommendations for a good English speaking one?

started by: Lynne&Ham-782094 · last update: 1449593982 · posted: 1446117450

A new campaign group has recently formed in the UK called WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign) to "seek fair transitional arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951 who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age (SPA). Hundreds of thousands of women have had significant changes imposed on them with a lack of appropriate notification. The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA to 65, the same as men’s. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), agree with equalisation, but don’t agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little/no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts), faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences." A crowdfunding exercise raised enough to pay for legal advice and barristers are currently considering potential action. A petition has been signed by more than 21,000 people since the 20th October. Yesterday it was announced that the Parliamentary Select Committee for Work and Pensions will be seeking submissions from women born in the 50's. "The Work and Pensions Committee have launched an inquiry into the new State Pension introduced in April 2016. Concerns have been raised that many of those who will be affected by the changes do not know enough about the changes or exactly what they will mean for their pensions." More details here:-  I am sure that there are many of you (like me) who are affected by these changes. You may want to consider signing the petition and asking your family and friends to do the same here You can find more information about the campaign and read some of the heartbreaking stories about women who have been left without the money they are entitled to here: Please pass this information to the women you know who were born in the 50's!

started by: alys-115311 · last update: 1449165909 · posted: 1448897514

When I bought my property some of the parcels around the house were divided. Who is responsible for fencing them. The Geo planer has marked them clearly.

started by: Doodlebird · last update: 1444991661 · posted: 1444911063

Hi - I want to change my Notaire and wondered if anyone knows how to go about this.  I'm guessing it won't be easy, so any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.

started by: weeble · last update: 1443633100 · posted: 1443422886

Advice please We run a rural gite and declare tax under the micro bic regime. Because the net income after taking off the 71% allowance is very low, we pay no impot on the net income. However for the last two years we have received demands for tax sociaux which are nearly as much as the net income itself. If I understand the rules correctly TS should be charged on the net income only. The latest demand seems to be based on a figure that is neither the gross or the nex income declared for 2014. Has anyone else exoerienced this?

started by: fluff-926382 · last update: 1443397601 · posted: 1442923502

I have a friend who has closed their bank account.  The bank gave them a cheque (?!).  How do they cash it?

started by: janet langman · last update: 1441441138 · posted: 1441441138

Does anyone have any experiences with this company?

started by: Bobandchris · last update: 1438594368 · posted: 1436950391

Has anybody heard if the law about ex.pats being able to write their own wills here in France to dispose of their property as they wish.I thought it was supposed to become law here at the end of last month but as far as I can see it seems to be a 'grey area' and now is rumoured to be the end of next month.Thanks for any info  Bob and Chris

started by: Trishiag · last update: 1438019001 · posted: 1438012052

I have heard of a petition going around for the above.  Does anyone know where I can sign it or become involved?

started by: sandyns · last update: 1436443511 · posted: 1436443511

How do you go about cancelling an insurance contract please?  Has the law now changed so that you dont have to give notice or cancel 2 months before renewal?  Am being given conflicting information.  Thank you

started by: DiamondLil-926388 · last update: 1430718176 · posted: 1429704888

Hi Does anyone know if we are supposed to use 1.21 or 1.24 for the tax return exchange rate? Thanks

started by: jrds@live.ca · last update: 1423761418 · posted: 1421884746

HI everyone, Im seeking information about whether I need to incorporate an LLC in France in order to conduct tours there and what licenses I might need and where to obtain them. Ive been advised to avoid dealing with the French authorities if at all possible but want to play by the rules. Referrals to knowledgable parties would be appreciated.

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