It is strongly recommended that you choose an independent lawyer who is specialised in Greek land law . Independent means that they work on your behalf only and are not also looking after the interests of the seler or developer. The Greek property conveyancing system is different from other countries so you should ensure that those involved in the transaction are qualified and experienced in Greece.
Exercise extreme caution if an estate agent, promoter or lawyer urges you to cut corners to save money or time.
If you choose to work with a local (partner you find in your country which has colaboration with real estate agent, lawyer and Notary Public in Greece ) estate agent, promoter or lawyer, check that they are qualified, reliable and have experience operating in Greece. Check that they are registered with the Law Society in your country and specialise in International Transactions. If your lawyer is based in Greece , ask for their registration number and check that they are registered and practising with the local bar association of Athens or Piraeus .
You should also check that your lawyer has professional indemnity insurance and not sign any papers or hand over any money until you have taken independent legal advice. Although the we cannot recommend a lawyer, we do have lists of local English-speaking lawyers and qualified translators available .
Should you become involved in a property dispute, but do not have sufficient means to meet the costs of a court case, you can apply for legal aid. More information is available on the European E-Justice Portal. Applications for those resident in Greece should be directed to the local bar assosiations in Greece .
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