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What we do - For People

We draw a distinction between the legal services our members provide for real flesh and blood people and the legal services our members provide for businesses – even if those businesses are run by real people in their own name rather than through a company.

Needless to say, a real person who is running a business is able to use our services for businesses!

We provide a full range of legal services for private (i.e. non-business) clients needing help in connection with an international legal problems.

The full range of legal services that we have carried out on behalf of our private clients over the last 20 odd years would go on for pages and pages but our main areas of legal work involve the sale and purchase of property, wills and inheritances, court cases and setting up small businesses.

Our organisation and charging structure is designed to make our legal services affordable by individuals needing help or advice.

Sample Services for Private Clients

Preliminary Meetings

Probably one of the most useful services that we can provide is our 'Preliminary Meeting'. Increasingly, clients recognise the value of discussing their affairs at the earliest possible opportunity. Early advice almost always saves quite a lot of money and even more stress and aggravation. Our network of members and our shared use of technology means that we can arrange for a preliminary meeting with exactly the right mix of advisors to deal with your particular problem. In most cases we will start with a meeting (face to face, by telephone or by video conference call) with one of the members of staff of The International Law Partnership Ltd. This meeting will typically take an hour and a half and it will be follwed up by a brief written report. We charge a fixed fee of £500 plus any applicable VAT for these meetings. If it becomes apparent in that meeting that other input is required then this can be arranged, often immediately or (if this is not possible) by way of a second meeting. The aim of our preliminary meetings is to identify your problem, establish the key facts relating to it and to explain to you your options, the likely outcome and the cost and timescale involved.

Property Investment Advice

Certain of our members have, for many years, been giving advice to clients about which countries, places and types of property might best suit their personal requirements as far as international property is concerned. There is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to making this choice. What is right for you will depend upon your age financial situation, time scale, personal preferences, attitude to risk etc. There is now a huge range of property around the world being marketed to international investors and we can use our unrivaled experience of international property to help you pick your best options. This service is greatly appreciated by our clients.

Powers of Attorney

If you have dealings with another country - whether these involve buying a house, dealing with a court case or running a business - you are likely to need to appoint somebody locally to take steps on your behalf. This will require a Power of Attorney. The Power needs to be drafted carefully to ensure it gives the person appointed - 'the Attorney' - all of the powers needed but no more. It will usually need to be in the format and style used in the country in question and in the language of that country. It will also usually need to be authenticated for use in the country in question. Our members produce hundreds of such powers every year. Let them help you.

Buying Residential Property (Real Estate)

Buying property in a foreign country is much more complicated than buying at home. When you buy at home you have probably done so at least once before and you will be familiar with the general framework of your own legal and tax systems. You will also speak the language! When you buy abroad, neither of these things may be true. Yet buying a propery abroad can offer superb investment and lifestyle opportunities. Structuring the purchase properly can save you large amounts of tax and aggravation. Making sure that all of the right checks are carried out and that the property is safe to buy can save you both lots of money and sleepless nights. To buy a property safely you need specialist advice from someone thoroughly familiar with the legal and tax system in the country where the property is located AND the legal and tax system in the country where you live. It is the interaction of those systems that produces many of the biggest problems and the biggest opportunites for saving money. Our members can provide you with this invaluable service.

Mortgaging your overseas property

Most of our clients borrow to finance the purchase of their property abroad. Let our members discuss with you wether a mortgage in your own country or a mortgage in the country where the property is located will best suit your needs. Depending upon the legal rules that apply in the countries in question, our members may well also be able to introduce you to suitable lenders.

Property Rental Contracts

So you have bought your investment property abroad and you want to let (rent) it out. Are you really going to allow the tenant into possession without a signed rental contract? You need to protect your legal position. Let our members prepare a specimen contract that you can you use over and over again. Just check with us every couple of years to make sure that the law has not changed.

Selling Residential Property (Real Estate)

If you are selling your property overseas your main concern is getting your hands on the money as quickly as possible. But there can be a lot more to do, especially if you want to minimise your taxes both in the country where the property is located and in the country where you live. Let our members' - specialist international property lawyers - help you deal with the sale safely and profitably.

International Tax Advice

If you live or work in another country, if you intend to live or work in another country or if you have a holiday home or investments in another country you will need to understand the tax system of that country. You will need to file tax returns and you will probably want to minimise your tax obligations, both during your lifetime and on your death. You will need good tax advice. Giving that advice requires an understanding of the tax laws in the country in question AND in your own country. There is no point in saving tax in (say) France only to find that the steps you have taken greatly increase your obligations in (say) the U.K. International tax advice is an integral part of many of the cases that our members deals with on a day to day basis.

Trusts

Some of our clients will benefit from the use of Trusts. Very often they do not understand the option available to them or they think that Trusts only help people who are much richer than they are. So they do nothing. And it costs them a fortune in unnecessary taxes. Let our members guide you through this minefield and save you a lot of money.

Wills

If you are the owner of a property overseas, if you live or work overseas or if you have other connections with another country it is very often a good idea to prepare a Will relating to that country. You will then also need to modify your existing English or other Will. You will also need to make sure that both are structured in the most tax efficient manner and, most importantly, that they do not contradict each other. Let our members guide you through this vital process.

Dealing with an Inheritance

It is bad enough when your parents die and they live just down the road. It can be much more complicated if they live in or simply have property in, say, Spain or the US. The laws are different, the tax system is different and you don't know who to turn to. Local lawyers will understand the local system but probably won't understand the way in which that system interacts with the system in your country. As a result, you can waste a lot of money or pay far too much tax.

Setting up a Business

See our business pages.

Advising about an Accident

In most countries if you suffer an accident as a result of the negligence of some other person you will be entitled to compensation. Knowing where to claim, what to claim and how to claim needs specialist legal advice. Understanding how much you are likely to receive, how long the process is likely to take and how much it is likely to cost needs even more specialist assistance. Speak to one of our members to see whether they can help you claim the money to which you are entitled.

Immigration and Nationality

If you are thinking of moving to another country you may well need help understanding the various options available to you and how to manage the process. This can be quite complicated. If you want to become a national of another country you will also need to understand the rules and procedures involved. Speak to one of our members to see how they can help.

Criminal Cases

If you or a member of your family gets into trouble whilst abroad you need expert assistance from someone experienced in dealing with the law of the country in question and who is also familiar with the law in your own country so that they can explain to you, in terms that you will understand, the procedures, penalties and options available in relation to the charges that you face. The members of The International Law Partnership Ltd can, depending on the country involved, offer this service.

Civil Court Cases

Disputes with neighbours. Disputes with builders. Disputes over contracts. In short, any sort of dispute that does not involve a criminal law or family problems. To deal with these problems you need expert assistance from somebody who is familiar with the law of the country in question but who is also familiar with the law in your own country so that they can explain to you, in terms that you will understand, the procedures and options available in relation to the problems that you face. Our members will be able to help you deal with these problems. Wherever possible we will try to find solutions or to reach a settlement that avoid the need to go to court in the first place.

Disputes with Developers

Unfortunately, not all property developers are honest and some honest developers get into difficulties which mean that the development cannot be completed. On other occasions the property maybe completed but subject to significant defects or it may be completed late. This can leave people who have bought property in the developments (espeically if they did not use an independent lawyer to protect their position) with losses of thousands of £/$/€s. Our members can help by trying to recover those losses through the courts or in other ways. They can do this either for individuals or for whole groups of people who have been affected by the problem. See our page about services to groups.

Process Serving

If you want to bring a court case against someone who live abroad there are special rules to be followed when it comes to serving the court papers on the person in question. Our members can help you make sure that you comply with the rules and that the papers are served properly.

Enforcement of Judgments

If you have obtained a court judgement in one country and wish to enforce it in another - e.g. you want to seize the assets of the person who lost the case - it is often possible to do so via the courts of the other country. The process varies hugely from place to place. Let our members help you.

Matrimonial Cases

Family problems are always difficult and stressful. They are even more so if you live in one country and your husband/wife/partner lives in another or where the case is being dealt with by the courts in another country using a legal system with which you are not familiar and a language you do not speak. Let our members help you through this difficult time.

Family Disputes

Sadly, it is not uncommon for families to fall out. Perhaps children fall out with step mother on the death of their father or with their parents or perhaps parents fall out with each other, often in relation to their children. To deal with these problems you need expert assistance from somebody who is familiar with the law of the country in question but who is also familiar with the law in your own country so that they can explain to you, in terms that you will understand, the procedures and options available in relation to the problems that you face. In many countries, our members will be able to help you deal with these problems.

'Maintenance' (Financial Provision)

The rules setting out how much financial support you must pay/are entitled to receive vary greatly from country to country. Getting this right has huge financial implications for the parties concerned. To deal with these problems you need expert assistance from somebody who is familiar with the law of the country in question but who is also familiar with the law in your own country so that they can explain to you, in terms that you will understand, the procedures and options available in relation to the problems that you face. In many countries, our members will be able to help you deal with these problems.

'Access' (Visitation) and 'Custody' (Residence) of Children

Will you be entitled to see your children? Will the local court permit the children to live with you? Attitudes vary dramatically from country to country. The postion of a foreigner can be especially complicated, particularly if they are in dispute with a local person. To deal with these problems you need expert assistance from somebody who is familiar with the law of the country in question but who is also familiar with the law in your own country so that they can explain to you, in terms that you will understand, the procedures and options available in relation to the problems that you face. In many countries, our members will be able to help you deal with these problems.

Child Abduction (Child Snatch)

This most distressing of situations needs a rapid response from somebody who understands the law and procedures in the country where you are livng, the country from which the child was taken and the country in which any other party resides. Working together, the members of The International Law Partnership Ltd (legally and financially independent lawyers from around the world) can help you deal effectively with any problems that arise. Probably more importantly, they can give you the right advice before the problem arises and the abduction takes place with a view to avoiding this very distressing situation.

Timeshare/Holiday Club/Property Bond Purchase Problems

Have you agreed to buy a Timeshare, membership of a Holiday Club or a Property Bond only to find that you have been deceived? Do you want to get out of a Contract to Buy? Do you want someone to check your contract to and to advise you whether it is safe to proceed? Our members will give you clear, practical and low cost advice about how to deal with your situation.

Property Investment Clubs

Many of our clients wish to invest in international property but do not wish - or do not have the funds - to build up their own portfolio of properties around the world. Owning a well chosen and diversified portfolio of properties is often the safest and most profitable way of investing in real estate. Instead of them owning, say, one apartment in, say, Turkey and worth, say, £/$/€50,000, they can join together with family, friends or total strangers to buy through a Property Investment Club. The (say) 15 members of the club would each invest (say) £/$/€50,000, and so they would have a total fund of £/$/€750,000, to invest in (say) 6 or 10 properties around the world. These very simple and tax efficient structures can be a great way of investing in property abroad. We can advise, set up the clubs and help you find the best investments.

Property Investment Funds

Property Investment Funds, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Property Unit Trusts (PUTs) etc. can be a sensible way for people who do not wish to invest huge amounts of money in overseas real estate to dip their toes in the water. Our members can assist by setting up these funds, the location and purchase of the properties concerned and in many other ways. We can also help individuals who wish to invest in such funds to do the due dilligence enquiries required to check out what is being offered to them. The International Law Partnership Ltd is not a financial advisor and does not advise about the merits of investing in this category of investment or in any particular fund.

Owning Property via your Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP)

Yes! SIPPs can own property abroad. They can own commercial property (hotels, bars, offices, land etc.) and - subject to certain restrictions - they can own residential property via indirect means. Ownership through a SIPP can be incredibly tax efficient. If you and your financial advisors decide that this type of investment is for you, we can help by introducing you to a suitable SIPP provider, by finding and or buying the property in question and by dealing with all of the paperwork that will be required.

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