The Law Firm BASSANO AVOCATS comprises 35 lawyers who specialise in family law and tax, private wealth, inheritance and related tax issues.
The Members of the Firm are all 'AVOCATS' (French barristers and attorneys) qualified to practice law in France and appear before its Courts. Many also qualified as "notaires" in the French system, (but do not practice as such as French law does not permit 'avocats' to practice as or with 'notaires' and vice versa), but the knowledge & expertise gained allows us to offer the most comprehensive advice available in all areas of family law and private wealth issues.
BASSANO AVOCATS concentrates its activities in these fields, and therefore we do not deal with the more usual corporate, criminal, public law issues etc...
Our niche specialisations enable us to react swiftly and decisively when dealing with private clients, especially high net worth individuals, both in a national and international context.
Several Members of the Firm work in, and are fluent in, German, English and Italian working as they do on a daily basis to service our large international and cross-border clientele.
We can be instructed by Clients case-by-case or act for a Client or a family on a continuing basis.
BASSANO AVOCATS has for many years advised Swiss nationals who have family and wealth issues in France . In 2013, we opened an office of the Firm in Geneva. The six lawyers who work there permanently are all French law qualified.
In 2014, BASSANO AVOCATS launched BASSANO FIDUCIAIRE, a separate structure providing "Fiducie" services. These are the French equivalent of trusts.
Duo Legal is also entitled to act as a mediator.
The aim of mediation is to resolve disputes over certain issues by avoiding a trial before a Court, by meetings with all parties, identifying issues over which agreement cannot be reached and brokering an agreement between the parties.
In family and inheritance law matters, mediation is particularly useful in some complex current or pending disputes.
When acting as a mediator, usually on the instructions of outside lawyers, Duo Legal is prohibited from at the same time acting as legal counsel to the parties.
"Fiducie" is a French law concept based on the contractual holding of assets for the benefit of a third party. The concept has some similarities with a Trust (although a Trust is not a contract). French law does not know the Anglo-Saxon concepts of law and equity, beneficial ownership or trust and has therefore developed the "Fiducie" as an alternative.
'Fiducie' in the French law sense is a contract by which a settlor ("Constituant") transfers assets to a designated person ("Fiduciaire") with instructions to hold the assets for the benefit of one or click more designated beneficiaries ("Bénéficiaires").
Within families, "Fiducie" allows family property and assets to be held almost in perpetuity when confronted to certain life incidents:
- Protected adult,
- Managing young persons wealth,
- Asset protection against future creditors,
In 2014, BASSANO AVOCATS launched BASSANO FIDUCIAIRE, a new entity dedicated to "Fiducie" business (as permitted by Article 2015 para.2 of the French Civil Code), authorised to act as a "Fiduciaire" (Trustee).
"Fiducie" can be used either to manage assets, and/or in a contractual relationship, as the depositary of securities.
The settlor ("Constituant") of a "Fiducie" must by law be advised separately by a lawyer external to BASSANO AVOCATS and it is for this reason that the fiducie contracts will be a operated with BASSANO FIDUCIAIRE.
The assets held within a "fiducie" are managed through specific accounts, guaranteed by professional risk cover (professional liability insurance and legal representation of assets cover).
BASSANO FIDUCIAIRE must operate under the rules of professional conduct applicable to French 'avocats', including the prohibition on conflicts of interest, the principle of independence and a prohibition of fee-splitting.
Duo Legal publie régulièrement des lettres d'informations juridiques et fiscales, ainsi que des études dans les revues (presse économique ou juridique et fiscale).
Le Cabinet anime régulièrement des conférences spécialisées, dont par exemple :
- Etats-Généraux du Droit de la famille (la fraude en droit de la famille, l'équité en droit de la famille, les conventions préparatoires de divorce,...),
- Stratégie des régimes matrimoniaux et techniques fiduciaires (Omnidroit),
- Pratique de la résidence alternée après 7 ans d'application, fixation de la prestation compensatoire et recours en révision, que reste-t-il de la faute dans le nouveau divorce,... (Campus),
- Prenuptial agreements, Estate Planning (Union Internationale des Avocats: Istanbul, Miami, Dresde, Macau, Florence),
- Settlement of international successions & European certificate (Trier - ERA),
- Konvergenz der Rechte im Eherecht (Université d'Heidelberg),
Et aussi : le calcul de la prestation compensatoire, le contrôle fiscal de la famille, etc...