By: mytapu webmaster | October 26, 2017

How do foreigners find independent ethical legal advice for property purchases in Turkey?

Where to find unbiased professional legal guidance that does not suffer from conflicts of interest with local developers and agents etc?


This is an important issue because the local agents refer foreign buyers to local lawyers that do things the way the agents’ want. The lawyers do this because they get referrals of new clients from the agents. So instead of receiving impartial professional legal advice, foreign buyers are guided to follow a procedure that benefits local agents and developers. As a result, the buyer’s ‘reservation deposit’ monies are placed at risk, and several different types of problems arise for the buyers, which they usually find out about only later.  


And when the client complains to the lawyer, asking ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’ what do these unscrupulous lawyers typically, say? Usually the standard reply is… ‘I didn’t tell you because you did not ask.’ This is an un-satisfactory reply, but the buyer’s only alternative is to complain to the local Bar Association, and that does not typically produce results the buyer needs- like a return of deposit monies, or corrections to planning permits.


So the key is to know what questions to ask- in advance. But how can a foreign buyer know what questions to ask when managing a transaction in a foreign legal system? It’s a ‘Catch 22’ situation, and precisely the reason independent ethical legal advice is essential.


Identifying a legal adviser without conflicts of interest in the small coastal towns where foreigners are typically buying property is always problematic. In these small communities everyone knows each other, and commonly the agents and developers will have a word with the solicitors to reach an understanding between them. And unfortunately, many larger law firms are not familiar with some of the procedural details that apply to the purchase of a Turkish property by a foreigner. Even referrals by other foreigners that have bought are not always a safe bet, because often the problems do not materialise until later, and the referrer may not know this at the time of making the referral.


The simple fact is that is far more costly and complicated to correct or rectify something that has gone wrong, than it is to prevent the problems from occurring in the first place. Disciplined, ethical legal advice is essential to reduce costs and transaction times, and for this reason, an experienced team of transaction managers has applied a framework of best practice case management techniques to the lawyers working under their direction, for their foreign clients buying property in Turkey.


This is the team of legal advisors at, and their clients benefit from a service delivered with quality control and cost control, applied with policies of best practice governing the transaction process- possibly the only service of this kind available. Streamlined with the experience over the last 10 years, of processing thousands of Turkish property transactions for foreigners, this is important because the procedures for foreigners do differ from local buyers and sellers. And not only do foreign clients receive structured legal advice benefiting from best practices, they also have the reassurance of knowing the process is being managed cost effectively.

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