Investing in the services of an independent, English-speaking solicitor is not obligatory, but highly recommended to save you money and ensure peace of mind. They will oversee the whole process for you, advise you on tax and inheritance issues and guide you through every detail of the transaction, ensuring you understand the contract and all supporting documentation.
There will also be a notary involved in the process and it is important to ensure that you don’t get them confused with a solicitor. A notary is legally trained, but employed by the Italian government, so does not act for the buyer OR the vendor.
The notary will oversee and rubber-stamp the paperwork in to the property transaction, making sure that all necessary taxes are paid and register the property with the Italian Land Registry.