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Communal pools and amenities

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For most property searches, access to a pool is a must. If you’re buying on a development then chances are you’ll need to consider a communal pool, but aside from how inviting the water looks, what else should you be looking out for? ...

Why "No Win, No Fee" can be "No Win, Still Pay"

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It may surprise people that even if you have a “No Win No Fee” agreement with your lawyer for litigation you may have to pay legal fees and costs should you lose the case. Although on the face of it this seems to be wrong it is worth exploring...

What sort of offer will secure my overseas property?

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What sort of offer will secure my overseas property? So there we are, I’ve shown my buyers a property they love and they ask me ‘that’ question - “What sort of offer should I go in at”? There is no formula but there is a...

Insurance and Specific Risk policies on foreign properties

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Unless you have bought property in the USA you may not have heard of Title Insurance. Title insurance is, in effect, an indemnity insurance policy which protects against financial loss as a result of defects in the title to the property. It is not a...

Force Majeure clauses in property contracts - what are they and when can they be invoked

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If you have bought a property abroad in the last 10 to 15 years in countries such as Cape Verde, Turkey, Morocco, Brazil or the UAE then the likelihood is that the property was still being built when you committed to buy. This is commonly known as buying a...

Company ownership of foreign property

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We are often asked about the various options and structures of owning a property abroad through a company. The theory is that if you put a property abroad into the name of, for example, a British company, then should you sell the property or should you die...

The effects of Brexit on property owners and buyers in Europe

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After the result of the Brexit Referendum we are frequently asked about the effect of this by both current and potential property owners within Europe.  The reality is that until Article 50 is invoked there is no change and all the rights that owners...

I already have a foreign lawyer but.....

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When we deal with a prospective client we are generally happy to have an initial no cost chat with them about their situation. We often spend some time going through their case, review documents and then give some provisional advice without charge. Indeed,...

Bankers Drafts - why are they used to buy property abroad?

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In many countries the final payment for the purchase of a property will be done via a Bankers Draft. Having typically paid a reservation fee or initial deposit to secure the property and having hopefully instructed an independent lawyer to conduct all of the...

Fake lawyers abroad and cold calling

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It may come as somewhat of a surprise (or not) to learn that there are individuals operating on-line who are pretending to be solicitors and lawyers – both in the UK and abroad - in order trick and scam innocent victims out of money. The scammers often...

Due diligence by Estate Agents on overseas developments

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Estate agents sell properties. They are not as a rule there to carry out extensive  due diligence . They should therefore also not be expected to carry out searches on resale properties that they have on their books. In theory they shouldn’t...

Mortgages on foreign property

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When buying a property overseas often a buyer will need to take out a mortgage to help them fund the purchase, just like they do when buying a property in the UK. What is different when buying a property abroad is that there can be several different options...

Due Diligence; Can it to help you sell your foreign property?

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Over the last few years there have been a great many people who have been trying to sell their properties abroad but without success. Typical comments from Sellers are that there aren’t the numbers of buyers that there used to be, there are so many...

Transferring to another unit on a new overseas development

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As specialists in the various problems which can arise with an overseas property investment, we are frequently approached by investors who are concerned about or are experiencing problems with their foreign property purchase or their foreign developer. And...

Healthcare Abroad

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When you own a property abroad there may be times when you need access to healthcare. Within Europe (at the current time of writing prior to the UK coming out of Europe as a result of the Brexit referendum) this is quite simple. If you are on holiday and...

Powers of Attorney

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When a legal issue is encountered in a foreign jurisdiction, you will often hear talk of a Power of Attorney. In reality this is nothing to be afraid of. A Power of Attorney is simply a document which grants the ability to somebody else to do something on...

Litigation abroad; should you wait for others?

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With the huge growth of social media in recent years, individuals who have legal issues abroad, whether it is problems with a failed development overseas or issues such as Swiss Franc Mortgage problems in Cyprus, are now able to gain access to specifically...

Foreign & Commonwealth Office Legalisation

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Often when dealing with a legal issue abroad it will be necessary to get a document “legalised” for a specific legal purpose. This may sound like a rather complicated legal procedure but is actually quite a simple and easily understood process. ...

Do I need a lawyer to buy a property abroad?

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It may seem strange to ask such a question but bizarrely this is one of the most common questions we get asked.  The simple answer is no, you don’t. However, it would be very naive or even foolish look to buy a property anywhere in the world...

Jonnie Irwin - Judicare Ambassador

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For more than a decade Jonnie has been one of the most recognisable and well-loved celebrities within the international property industry. A highly respected expert on all matters associated with overseas property Jonnie has been at the forefront of the...

Dafydd James joins the Judicare team

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Dafydd enjoyed a highly decorated career as a professional Rugby union player over 15 years having played over 500 times as a professional. During his illustrious career he had spells at Bridgend, Pontypridd, Harlequins and Llanelli Scarlets where he also...