France legalises all remote notaire sales signatures

French government: "This decree makes it possible to have an electronic signature for new-build sales"

Notaires in France can now organise signatures on property deed documents remotely so as to avoid unnecessary contact during the Covid-19 crisis, allowing house sales and property deals to go ahead.

A decree (n° 2020-395) published in the Journal Officiel of April 4, 2020, states that notaires are now authorised to sign deeds remotely and electronically, “during this period of health emergency”.

The decree is to last until one month after the end date of the current health state of emergency only.

The full text and rules can be seen on the government legal website, Légifrance ( It applies to notaires, solicitors, magistrates, lawyers, administrations and individuals.

It allows a ...

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