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Published on Wednesday 22/10/2014

The Cour de cassation (French supreme court) recently reminded that French notaires have an obligation to inform the parties to a contract, the extent, the consequences and the risks of the contracts he drafts. In this case, the Cour de cassation sentenced a notaire who had not invited his non French-speaking client to require the assistance of an interpret during the signature of the contract (Cass. 1e civ., May 13th, 2014, n° 13-13.509).


When the office drafts a contract for a non French-speaking client, we make sure he has a complete understanding of the situation by:


-          Drafting a preliminary study from a legal and tax point of view. Clients are advised to submit this study to their councils in the country of residence in order to check the local consequences of their project,


-          Drafting under our liability, an explained summary of the contract which will be annexed to the contract in French. This allows to lower the translation costs while keeping the client perfectly safe, and to make sure that the client fully understands the contract he signs.


These documents are translated into the language chosen by the client (translations in English are done by the office; professional translators are required for other languages).


This is done according to a letter of engagement signed prior to the beginning of our mission.


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