Legal matters involved in buying property in Ireland
We outline why it’s so important to enlist the services of an independent lawyer when you buy property in Ireland.
You will need to employ the services of a lawyer when you buy property in Ireland. Purchasing property is a legal transaction, involving a lot of money, which you will want to make sure you get right. A lawyer will be able to help you with the following:
- Guiding you through the entire purchase process, whilst ensuring both the property and your contract are exactly as you wish
- Protecting you from charges left behind by the previous owner of the property, i.e. taxes, mortgage costs, and any other claims
- Visa status
- Tax matters
- Inheritance tax – You will need to draw up a will with your Irish lawyer to clearly outline your beneficiaries and to protect your assets.
If you have any concerns at all about spending time in Ireland legally, we recommend seeking the advice of an independent solicitor.
Can you legally buy in Ireland and will you need a visa?
There are no restrictions on foreigners buying property in Ireland, so you are free to buy wherever you like. Although you can currently spend all of the time in Ireland that you wish as a British or European citizen, it remains to be seen what might change when the UK formally leaves the European Union.
If you have any concerns at all about spending time in Ireland legally, we recommend seeking the advice of an independent solicitor. They will be able to advise you about any steps that you need to take to remain in the country indefinitely.
To ensure your interests are protected every step of the way, and that you understand all the legalities involved in your purchase, you need to employ an independent lawyer.
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The Ireland Buying Guide takes you through each stage of the property buying process, with practical recommendations from our experts who have been through the process themselves. The guide will help you to: