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How lawyer can help you with legal advice to buy property in Portugal
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Published: 13th February 2020, 7:22pm

Buying a home is probably the most complex investment you will make and lawyers will offer you legal advice on all possible complications that may arise. Besides the vague and unclear terms, several legal and property deed issues can arise. The lawyer’s role is to guide you through this process. From the start, he will offer you legal advice on the transaction and tax consequences that might come up during the process.

Here at Portugal Homes, we have listened to our clients over the years to find out what legal advice they are looking for in a law firm. Although all lawyers here are trained in the same way, we believe that firms who deal with international clients daily are much more efficient and complete the process much quicker than lawyers who work mainly in the Portuguese market. 

We have partnered up with reputable law firms that represent our clients’ interests. Edge Lawyers, Legal Square, and PMLJ are some of the firms we work with and have had success cases, assisting clients from the initial investment to citizenship. Read the confirmation of a Golden Visa investor here.

The importance of working with lawyers when making a purchase

It’s important to mention that real estate requires a lot of attention from the parties involved, as there might be unfamiliar processes during this transaction. To avoid inconvenience and loss, it is essential to have real estate legal advice. 

The lawyer will oversee all the details of the transaction to ensure that your interests are carried out and that the transaction documents reflect them properly. 

Learn more about Portugal Homes’ Legal Advice.

Notary or Lawyer when purchasing a property in Portugal? 

Have in mind that notary and legal representation are two different terms. While the Portuguese notary will only ensure all property documents are in place and taxes are paid, your independent legal representative will ensure your property and contract interests are protected when you pay the deposit or sign the contract. Depending on the nature of the transactions, before closing the real estate contract, the lawyer should:

  1. Review the Purchase and Sale Agreement and advise you on its legal consequences and obligations;

  2. Obtain an investigation of the title of the property, assess the status of these titles and request the appropriate legal solutions;

  3. Explain possible obligations you will assume;

  4. Help you understand the effect of any existing mortgages or other disposals;

  5. Discuss different financing options;

  6. Discuss how you should obtain the title to the property (personal, joint, or business);

  7. Inform you where and how to obtain the “homestead” exemption (family residence);

  8. Review how to obtain insurance against fire and other types of hazards;

  9. Advise you on how the title should be obtained, as well as the effects it may have on your business.

Legal representation if you are overseas

The real estate purchase process doesn’t have to stop if you need to travel back to your country. If you’re overseas and have invested in Portuguese Real Estate (or are looking to), you will be represented by our lawyers. They should have the power of attorney (POA), which enables them to act on behalf of you during the property sale, the transfer of the ownership, signing of deeds, property rentals or leasing; rest assured your process will be in good hands.

Along with our legal representative partners, our mission is to ensure all our clients are comfortable and trust us with their investment, by providing legal assistance of outstanding quality, grounded in ethics, rigor, and professionalism.

Besides legal representation, taken care of by our lawyers, Portugal Homes’ After Sales Department can also provide fiscal representation during and after your purchase. All matters related to the Portuguese tax system and your property itself can be taken care of, from attending the condominium meetings to visiting the apartment to check if everything is under the conditions you had previously seen and agreed with. Learn how to become a member of After Sales here.
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Comprar uma propriedade em Portugall

A Portugal Homes possui profissionais muito experientes e conhecedores, que trabalham com alguns dos promotores mais reconhecidos em Portugal . A nossa vasta experiência permite-nos guiá-lo pelas melhores opções de investimento.

Seja casa de férias ou uma propriedade para investimento, selecionamos as melhores propriedades para o seu perfil e tratamos de todo o processo do início ao fim. Mesmo após a venda! Os nossos serviços de pós-venda assumem a responsabilidade de mobilar a seu gosto, manter a propriedade na sua ausência, dar apoio ao arrendamento, no caso de querer arrendar e muito mais!

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Investir do Reino Unido

A Portugal Homes fez um excelente trabalho mantendo-me atualizado sobre o progresso da compra da minha nova casa, fornecendo relatórios regulares e abrangentes. Isto ajudou-me a aliviar a ansiedade sobre a compra de uma casa durante a pandemia.

Investidor dos EUA

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Donald Collie de Austrália

O processo foi bastante rápido e claro. Obtive toda a informação que precisava na primeira hora de conversa. A experiência foi perfeita.

Tomoko Inoue do Japão

Overwhelming. Luisa has exceeded our expectations on all levels. Trust was established immediately. Enhanced by super friendly professionalism. The networks to banks, accountants, lawyers was seamless. there is not enough space here to write all the positives, enough to say we are making an offer and we only arrived 4 days ago. Its impossible to improve from perfection!

John Mulroe and Wiebke Bock

Obrigada. Experiência agradável com todos o staff. O George foi muito prestável, experiente e tinha uma boa compreensão das finanças. Vou recomendar Portugal Homes aos meus amigos.Excelente experiência também com o Departamento After Sales.

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