Lawyer Recommendation - South-west Alentejo

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Lawyer Recommendation - South-west Alentejo


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Hello People,

Can anybody recommend a reliable, English-speaking lawyer around the Vila Nova de Milfontes / Odemira / Aljezur area? We're looking to buy around there so a PM contact of someone you trust or have experience with would be a great help!

Thanks!

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hello, Did you receive a name of a good lawyer? We are buying in Aljustrel and are also looking for a reliable english speaking lawyer...

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Just one quick piece of advice, never use a lawyer recommended by an estate agent.

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I would like to send you a recommendation, but you need to have at least 5 posts.
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Just one quick piece of advice, never use a lawyer recommended by an estate agent.
I would go one further and say never use a lawyer recommended by anyone on a forum. It's an important decision to get right and will be someone you will need to have a close personal relationship for many years to come - maybe even the rest of your life.

By all means ask for suggestions but also use yellow pages, local ads and all available sources to put together a list, phone those that seem most reasonable and ask some questions - see how you feel about their abilities and their approach, choose two or three to visit and meet face to face, then select the one you get on best with.

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Like a lot of official type jobs here everyone has their own way of doing things and everything takes 10 times as long as you'd expect (I or so it seems). I got ripped off by the first lawyer I used who I picked by looking for a larger company in a larger city thinking they may be expensive but had a good - online - reputation and I can deal with them remotely as they'll have experienced English speaking office staff etc. That cost me money, caused me problems and ultimately didn't end me owning a property. Even with my basic Portuguese reading a copy of the proposed Promissory Contract I could see a mess of issues which didn't match the property details which would be legally binding on me if I signed BUT it did give me a understanding of the process and the Lawyers role so I looked for lawyers local to where I was trying to buy then talked to several face to face, with my basic understanding of the process at least when they went through the explanation I understood if they were experienced in the house buying process. Remember Lawyers do not all specialise in all aspects of law. To reiterate, a lot of things here are done face to face , person to person and choosing a Lawyer for property dealings is no different. I will add that the Lawyer even dealt with the water and electric for no charge as his office was close to their offices.

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I used a Lagos based lawyer to buy our house and land near Odemira- her name is Cristina Marcelino and she was excellent !

If you are ever in Lagos seek out an initial (free) chat with her and form your own opinion

Also do the usual due diligence- start with a google for reviews etc - you’ll find my review (Knollbrow) from a year ago

Cristina previously worked for the Lagos camara so is very proficient in these matters

It is very frustrating when you come on a forum and can’t get any leads - kind of defeats the purpose of having it IMHO

Obviously... Please be sensible and do your own diligence

How did I find her... well I had no one here to recommend anyone so had to rely on my instinct and google!

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