At what stage of the Italian property buying process should you contact a lawyer?
The Italian property buying process is quite complex. At the very least, it differs from what buyers may have experienced at home. The question about contacting a lawyer is one overseas buyers frequently ask us.
On the one hand, people worry that contacting a lawyer too soon, may be a waste of time or costly. The concern is that they might not actually proceed with a property purchase immediately or ever.
On the other hand, people fear that if they don’t contact a lawyer soon enough, they may find themselves in trouble. Perhaps with a request to pay broker’s fees or a deposit on a property. They worry about committing themselves and their money, without appropriate, independent legal advice.
We would recommend getting in touch with a lawyer before you view any property in Italy
Most experienced property lawyers in Italy appreciate that you will not necessarily find your ideal property during your first trip. They will also understand that you don’t need their help immediately. A reputable lawyer will recognise that it is helpful to have some initial guidance and their details at hand just in case you do. Many Italian law firms, including ourselves, offer a free consultation for this purpose.
If you contact an Italian property lawyer before your trip, they can outline the Italian buying process and provide details of legal fees. There is no obligation to appoint them just because you have sought some advice about your particular situation.
The lawyer will also be able to confirm other costs associated with a property purchase. That way, you can factor these additional costs into your budget before you negotiate a purchase price with the vendor or estate agent.
Getting in touch with a lawyer early also gives you the opportunity to speak to them on the phone or even to meet during your trip to Italy. This will allow you to decide whether they are the right lawyer for you.
Once you have had contact with a lawyer you should feel more confident about moving forward with your property purchase. You will know that you have someone at hand who can assist you with all aspects of your property purchase in Italy.
Having a home in Italy is a dream for many. It is also a major investment. There are many aspects that need careful consideration before taking the plunge. For example, the Italian buying process, buying structures, tax and inheritance to name but a few.
If you are considering buying a property in Italy, think long-term. Make sure it’s for the right reasons and that you have done your research absolutely thoroughly.
De Tullio Law Firm has been guiding overseas buyers with their Italian property investments for over 55 years. If you need any advice, an independent second opinion or, if you would just like to discuss your options with a specialist we are here to help.