Although borders still exist, they are easily crossed nowadays. Nonetheless, any legal position is necessarily connected to a territory governed by its own legal system.
You can see this by simply asking yourself: « Looking around me, is there at least one international factor in my family, estate or profession? » We undoubtedly all find one foreign element, whether it be a non-French spouse or partner, a child or relative living outside France, a second home outside France, or quite simply a non-resident contracting partner who also travels with his or her national legal baggage.
Modern mobility generates a variety of situations that are a challenge for lawyers, especially for notaries, who assist citizens at key stages of their lives and whose clients are not always fully aware of the consequences their choices may have.
Notaries have to thoroughly assess and understand the internationalisation of the cases they are faced with on a daily basis, to make them more secure. The French Notaries' Congress Association will be doing some original and virtually unprecedented thinking about the consequences of this internationalisation throughout 2019. More generally, this is an invitation to rediscover a theme as old as humanity, namely that of 'otherness'.
ARE YOUR CLIENTS FRENCH OR DO THEY LIVE IN FRANCE?
DO YOUR CLIENTS INVEST IN FRANCE OR MAINTAIN CLOSE RELATIONS WITH FRANCE?
YOU MAY THEREFORE NEED TO IMPROVE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF FRENCH NOTARIAL PRACTICE OF FRENCH INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE LAW (DIP, Droit International Privé).
A reflection structured around four areas
The same types of questions arise for notaries, irrespective of whether they practise in France, in another country of the European Union or on another continent.