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  • We live in London. In September 2018 we bought an apartment in Siracusa, in Sicily. We were fortunate in having the Clemente Law Firm help us through the entire purchase, from our first interest in the property, through the rather robust offer stage, to the final signing of the Rogita, or completion. Alessandro Clemente has a complete understanding of Italian property law - of which we of course knew nothing - which was mightily reassuring during what might otherwise have been a stressful process. In addition, his cannybusiness acumen was also helpful, as he guided us through the intricacies of a negotiation with vendors and estate agents in a culture rather new to us. Alessandro managed the entire purchase to a high professional standard, in record time. He even flew down to Sicily at the end to act as our proxy with a local notary. We will unhesitatingly use the Clemente Law Firm when and if we have any further need for legal advice relating to our apartment, and we unreservedly recommend his firm to anyone wanting to buy a property in Italy.

    Fisher Dilke and Linda Sampson
  • We found this law from via a Facebook expat site and started talking with allesandro sometime before we purchased a property. Because we live in Australia we wanted to find someone who could take the difficulty out of purchasing partially given we could not return on a frequent basis and importantly someone we could trust. The company and Allesandro gave us confidence and did a lot of liaison with the Immobiliare and the other agencies concerned with purchasing an Italian property. He advised and ensured all the correct channels were adhered to including advocating on our behalf whilst ensuring Italian property law was followed and things were in our best interest. Allesandro was a great with communication written and verbal and we felt we could approach him at any time. We would recommend Allesandro and his company to anyone who is considering purchasing an italian home. Our property purchase was completed prior to Christmas 2018 and it was a great present to have and a home we look forward to spending many happy times in our beloved Italy. grazie Alessandro

    Nigel and Lorrine Dyke
  • From our first exchange Alessandro reassured me that he understood the value of transparency in all of our interactions.  Sometimes words and actions can differ but in Alessandro's case everything he promised has rung true. A fountain of professional knowledge Alessandro has gone above and beyond in his generosity to share solid advice with me on a range of topics from Rent to Buy, to Property Auctions, and Rental Contracts.  After engaging Alessandro's services all my fears about legal compliance and property purchasing were removed. With faultless spoken and written English Alessandro is an effective communicator meaning there is no chance of misunderstanding - an essential when purchasing property in a different country.  Alessandro's mission is to work with true passion and commitment:I can attest that he achieves both. I can not recommend his services more highly - he is truly unique. 

    Rachel Glew
  • I engaged Alessandro Clemente of Clemente Law Firm to help with my purchase of land and development of a new-build project in Italy. This was my first experience of buying an overseas property and I naturally had many questions and concerns. My main concerns (and biggest worries) were not speaking Italian, the set-up of an Italian property company, locating a local qualified ‘book-keeper’, the purchase of land and the negotiation of a construction agreement with a local developer. I am so very pleased to say that Alessandro and Clemente Law delivered at every level and at every stage of the process. Apart from Alessandro’s excellent command of the English language, I was particularly impressed with the expertise and  subject-matter knowledge I received; way beyond that of a general legal practice.  Crucially, Clemente Law provided me with an invaluable level of professional advice throughout the end to end process (now complete). Every aspect of the transaction was explained to me accurately, clearly and thoroughly with no contractual stone left unturned. I would strongly recommend Clemente Law to any person wishing to buy in Italy. Clemente Law removed the legal worry of my purchase and went well above and beyond to ensure both my personal and business interests were 100% protected at all times.  I very much look forward to working with Alessandro and Clemente Law in the future.

    Jason Moody
  • We approached Clemente Law Firm after reading some great feedback on social media from others who were buying property in Italy and Alessandro’s own useful advice he published about moving to Italy. The firm has a very clear pricing policy which was easy to understand and was excellent value. Alessandro from the off was a great listener as we had already started our purchase process and so he had to pick things up during the sale transaction stage, he worked with a fast pace, quickly contacted all the interested parties in the sale and established himself as our representative - he kept us informed on every step making regular calls to ensure we remained in control of the sale decisions and we were able to make decisions using information he provided on a very professional and friendly approach. I found him to be very determined to reach the best outcome for us without losing sight of the fact we wanted to purchase the property and the transaction to be timely. He picked his way through the substantial information furnishing us with the required facts to make our decisions on so weren’t bombarded. Our house sale went very smoothly, without worry. I would use Alessandro again and recommend his law firm to others.

    Mark Hayes
  • We met Alessandro at an Italian property fair where we were impressed by his technical knowledge, his down to earth approach and excellent understanding of English. We had already found the house we were interested in, were already using a Geometra and were fairly happy with progress. However, buying a house is stressful enough in your own country and while we both speak Italian, we don’t speak legal Italian and we don’t know all the possible issues and pitfalls that you can come across. We wanted to be absolutely secure in our understanding of what we were doing, what we were buying and what the implications for taxes as well as property usage could be. Alessandro did a lot of meticulous groundwork, engaging closely with the Geometra (Surveyor) and the Immobiliare (Estate Agent) as well as the Notary to ensure that we took all the correct steps and that our best interests were always being looked after. This helped us immensely; if it had not been for Alessandro we would have missed some seriously important points, which could have soured our adventure. Without a doubt the best thing about going to the property fair was meeting Alessandro and when we buy again will certainly call on his expertise.

    Adrian and Christina Martorana
  • This team has been outstanding to work with. They have made the daunting act of investing in Italian property simple and safe. Alessandro, David and Andrea from 'Clemente Law Firm' have provided guidance and assistance above and beyond what their fee justifies.This team knows the process, regulations and local nuances inside out. They have been excellent at providing step by step updates and have been invaluable with the sales price and subsequent contract negotiations.They are the kind of professionals one would like to do business with again.

    Uys Moller
  • As a professional myself, when my wife and I started looking to purchase a property in Italy one of our first steps was to seek out a local professional to assist us.  Alessandro Clemente exemplifies the word professional, and we couldn’t imagine working with anyone else when it comes to an Italian property transaction.  He has been with us every step of the way, and he simultaneously dealt with all of the legal documents and technical details while also being able to explain everything to us (in English!).  He has also been able to provide us with insight and advice on all manner of things including tax considerations, negotiation norms in Italy, different types of target properties, and different types of purchase methods.  Other than loving the country, we had no connection to Italy, so we also relied on Alessandro for referrals to local accountants (for tax filings), property managers, and realtors.  He even put us in touch with a foreign currency service that provided much better rates than our bank.  It’s rare to find a professional that is good at what he does and is also capable of conveying things so that you feel apprised of what’s happening;  the fact that he can do it in a second language makes it all the more incredible.  We’ve already recommended Alessandro and his team to a close friend and we’ll definitely continue to recommend him to anyone we come across that’s looking to buy or sell a property in Italy.

    Arthur Dy Prieto and Pam Ablanida
  • We recently purchased our dream house in the south of Sardinia and this was entirely down to Alessandro's excellent service. Everything seemed very straightforward in the beginning but you can never predict what will go wrong along the way - and Alessandro was able to find a way around every challenge - no matter how last minute it was! He was always quick to respond to requests, his communication skills are excellent, he is passionate about getting the best solution for his clients and in addition the fees were very reasonable too - especially when you consider that mistakes can be so costly when you're buying a house in another country. Although it's not compulsory to use the services of a solicitor in Italy, I would HIGHLY recommend that you do. Even though I speak the language and have lived there, I would have been lost without this expert guidance and support.

    Caroline & Anders Hansen, UK
  • If you’re considering taking the plunge and buying a place in Italy, I would recommend the services of Avv. Alessandro Clemente without hesitation or reservation. I successfully closed on a flat in Palermo with his help this afternoon (06.13.2019) and he was a tireless advocate for me in every step of the process. Buying a house anywhere is fairly complicated, and Italy is no exception. I did my homework before I started looking for a place seriously and realized that while technically possible, I would have had a tough time working my way through 90% of the transaction from the US (in a language I can read fairly well but can’t *really* speak). Alessandro was crucial in my success, my wife and I couldn’t be happier with how things progressed from initial negotiations, signing the purchase agreement, all the way through completion.

    Nicholas Ian Biddle
  • I am now the owner of an ancient village house in the hills above La Spezia in the Village of Pitelli. This house means so much to me because it was the house my Father was born in and the house I had spent many happy holidays throughout my life. As is common in Italy the house had four different owners and no one had managed to agree on anything in the past. With the help and guidance of Alessandro Clemente I have managed to buy this property and for the first time in over 100 years this house now has one proud owner - me ! I simple would never have had the confidence to go through with the transactions without Alessandro’s help and support he was there for me every step of the way. There is no way I could have taken any chances without the knowledge that Alessandro had done all the necessary due diligence and property checks. As expected there were a few hurdles along the way buying a house in Italy is nothing like buying a house in the UK. Also, you come across all sorts of things you don’t expect even though I thought I’d done my homework bureaucracy comes along that I didn’t anticipate. I just picked up the phone and Alessandro guided me through. I am so happy to have completed successfully and safely. Would I use Alessandro again absolutely I would I feel like I’ve also made a new friend in him also. Thank you Alessandro for all your help and guidance to realise my dream.

    Debbi Baldanza
  • I recently purchased a farmhouse in Lazio, Italy. I was advised that having a lawyer, although not strictly necessary in Italy, would be a good idea. I took that advice and I’m very glad I did. A friend recommended Alessandro Clemente to me, we spoke on the phone, his English is excellent. He gave me a fixed price for the work, which gave me great peace of mind. I had been warned that fees can run wild if the property purchase is complex. The unusual thing in Italy is that the real estate agent writes the contract. While I’m sure in most cases this would be fine, one could imagine that could lead to unforeseen issues. The first thing Alessandro did was rewrite the contract and noted large parts of the building were not on the title deeds. A common problem, as building works often don’t get registered with the local authorities. Alessandro’s work was faultless, no detail was overlooked and he would respond to emails late in the evening and at weekends. Beyond the call of duty I felt. My purchase dragged on for some five months as the relevant paperwork was sorted out by the vendor. Alessandro kept a great interest in the ongoing developments and made sure I was fully informed of it’s progress. I can only imagine what this would have been like if I had had to deal with it on my own. I would absolutely recommend a lawyer if buying in Italy. And would suggest Alessandro without hesitation. He made a very complex purchase very easy for me, but hard work for him, which I fully appreciate.

    Matt Broad
  • I contacted Alessandro Clemente after a conversation with my Italian Real Estate Agent that created doubt that I will be able to buy my dream beach home in Sicily. Alessandro reviewed my case and determined that it was much more complicated than I had been told. He also assured me that me that it was possible. The apartment had many owners, tenants, a mortgage and other barriers. Alessandro skillfully and and quickly navigated me through the roller coaster ride. I am so happy we made it happen. I could not be happier. I highly recommend him if you need any real estate assistance.

    Lisa Maria Arezzi
  • I really want to recommend Alessandro Clemente for your making your buying experience of your dream home in Italy a breeze. I’ve contacted him through a contact of Italy Property Guides and he was very fast to get back to me, we’ve had an initial talk through Skype and he told me all the things I need to expect of the process, we discussed rates and then when I’ve accepted all, I’ve signed a contract and sent first payment. This was prior my visit to Italy to see potential homes to buy. From there on, once I was travelling, we’ve contacted again and he kept on telling me what I needed to look for and ask about. When we were ready to commit, I’ve left him know and he took the reins from there on. He was very diligent, getting all the paperwork needed before we needed to put an offer, and following all aspects from there. I really liked that he kept on reporting me ‘live’- as things were happening, for good or for bad! And we did all in six weeks, two months since I’ve contacted him from the first time. I would definitely use Alessandro, he is always available, weekend, weird hours, always ready to give you an excellent service.

    Martina Diez-Routh
  • I thought I would be able to manage the legal process myself, with the help of a very good English speaking Estate Agent. However, Italian property purchasing can be quite complicated, especially when it comes to matters regarding planning. I started to feel out of my depth in what is quite a major financial commitment. After I got Alessandro involved I felt much better, and I knew that he would not let anything go wrong and would ensure that every point was covered. I would definitely recommend this route for the peace of mind that it brings, and would highly recommend Alessandro’s commercial, practical and calm approach.

    Abby Ewen
  • It was our dream to buy a vacation house in Italy but we were always a bit frightened to conquer the Italian administration and barrier language in documentation and legal paper work. We received information from a friend about ‘Clemente Law Firm’ and since we contacted them, we were confident. Every mail we have sent was replied within 48 hours with adequate and clear instructions in fluent English. This week we will sign our contract with the construction company to build our dream house and we feel secure and confident, thanks to ‘Clemente Law Firm’!

    Fam. Leyssens – Van Genegen - Belgium
  • Alessandro Clemente has been a pleasure to work with. He has a great amount of integrity and I knew I could trust him throughout the whole process of purchasing a property. He is attentive to all the details and nothing is missed by him, so the transaction went smoothly. He is a very honorable person and lawyer.

    Catherine Anne Ferrone
  • I first met Alessandro Clemente during a property show in London and after talking to him I was immediately impressed by his extensive knowledge of Italian property law and I was instantly convinced that he would be the right person in dealing with my purchase of a property in southern Italy. Throughout his service, he kept in constant contact with me and kept me informed of any progress regularly. He carried his service with utmost professionalism and was always quick in smoothing out any problems. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Alessandro to anyone intending to buy a property in Italy as you are in good hands every step of the way!

    Nicla Marinelli Williams

  • I would not hesitate to recommend Alessandro. Myself and my partner did not speak Italian well enough to handle the buying process with confidence so it was a major benefit to have Alessandro at our side with his excellent English language skills. Our initial chat over Skype was useful and Alessandro kept on top of the process for us with the vendor’s lawyer and the appointed notaio during what turned out to be a three-year process. Our completion was then scheduled to happen during the Coronavirus lockdown but Alessandro suggested he join the final signing via Video call so he could witness the transaction on our behalf as we were not able to be there in person due to the travel restrictions. This gave us a final bit of confidence that the deal would be done - thank you Alessandro! We would without question use Alessandro’s services again in the future.

    Steve Thorne
  • I had been nurturing the idea of purchasing a small house in Tuscany for a while. Despite the Corona virus which interfered with the scheduling of the signing of the deed, I was able to bring my project to fruition. This was, in no small way, thanks to the services of Mr Clemente, who showed me the way through the complex Italian procedure, smoothing things for both myself and the seller. He is a consummate professional, and should you also have a dream of owning a small piece of Italy, I can only recommend you to avail yourself of his services.

    Corinna L.
  • Buying property overseas is quite stressful, with all the different laws and methods/processes, even if you speak the language fluently. If you don't speak the language, you can multiply the stress levels by 3 or 4 times !! Alessandro's complete in-depth understanding of the property law in Italy, and his excellent, fluent command of the english language, was always on hand to explain the methods, options, and most importantly, the risk to me, of various approaches and comments. I found him to be always available and responsive, extremely professional, and most importantly, commercial and flexible, and would highly recommend his services as a sort of insurance policy, and as a risk/stress reduction aid, in any Italian property transaction.

    Andrew K. - property investor
  • We are a couple of paediatricians from Brussels and love Italy. We spent many holidays in almost all parts of Italy together with our sons Arno and Simon. Slowly the idea of buying a house sipped into our mind. In March 2019 we followed a 4 days course called "Move to Italy" with David and Gary, and this was the first time we realised our dream could perhaps come through one day. In November 2019 we made a trip to Perugia in Umbria to visit a lot of houses with different real estate agencies. The last day we saw the house of our dreams near Todi and we decided to go for it in February 2020. As we live in Brussels and our Italian is just good enough to order some food in a restaurant we concluded to search a property lawyer. We contacted David and Gary and they suggested Avv. Alessandro Clemente. We asked advice from Avv. Massimo Moretto, a very good friend of us and an excellent Italian lawyer working in Brussels. After reading the proposition from Avv. Clemente he said we could be totally reassured and sign a contract, and he was absolutely right. That was our best decision in years. Between February 2020 and 17 July 2020, date on which we signed at the notary, we were constantly advised, supported and helped by Avv. Clemente. Despite the distance and the fact that we had to continue to work hard every day, and most of all, during these extremely strange and insecure times of lockdown due to the Covid-19 epidemy he managed everything in a very reassuring way. He was in continuous contact with the real estate agency and thoroughly analysed and adapted the proposition from the seller. By very regular mails and video-conferences he kept us informed of every step in the whole process. He advised us with expert knowledge on to how we could pay the deposit in a secure way, as we could not travel to Italy with the Corona pandemic to get our "Codice Fiscale" or open an Italian Bank Account. The Deed of Sale was minutely analysed and adapted were necessary. At last he travelled from Milan to Todi, with a Power of Attorney and supported us till the definitive signing before the Notary. For us, the most important thing, is that he succeeded to take away all the worries and stress that accompanies the buying of a house in another country, in another language in the most insecure Covid 19 times, where nobody ever lived in. Last week sitting under our portico, swimming in our swimming pool or watching our olive trees we both made the reflection that all this would probably not be possible without Avv. Alessandro Clemente.

    Tine and Thierry Devreker - Decraene