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Legal Assistance in French Polynesia

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.


Persons resident in or visiting French Polynesia who require assistance from a U.S. diplomatic mission should contact the U.S. Consular Agent in Tahiti via email: usconsul@mail.pf or phone: 689-40-426-535.

The French overseas territory of French Polynesia is in the consular district of the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji. There is a U.S. Consular Agent with the ability to provide basic consular services for U.S. citizens at the U.S. Consular Agency in Tahiti, French Polynesia. For example, the consular agent can notarize documents for use in the United States. Persons resident in or visiting French Polynesia who require assistance from a U.S. diplomatic mission should contact the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, P.O. Box 218 or 158 Princes Rd, Tamavua, Fiji, telephone: (679) 3314-466, fax: (679) 3302-267, email: SuvaACS@state.gov.

The legal profession in French Polynesia follows the French pattern of a separation between ‘Avocats’ (lawyers), who represent and provide legal assistance to persons having business before the courts, and ‘notaires’ (notaries) who perform many of the functions of a solicitor in the English legal system. Notaires provide notary services; act as trustees; handle estate, property dealings, and collections; and provide general legal counsel.

Malgras Benoit
Malgras & Barmont
B.P. 3279
Papeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia
Telephone: (689) 426-233
Fax: (689) 436-709
General Law
Languages: French, English

83 avenue de Cde Destremeau
Papeete 98713
Telephone: (689) 40 54 44 44
Fax: (689) 40 42 34 90
Areas of Practice: Family Law, Adoption, Marriage/Divorce, Foreign Investments, Civil Law, Contracts, Estates
Notary Public

Dominique Dubouc
11 rue du Docteur Cassiau
P.O. Box 555
Papeete, Tahiti
Telephone: (689) 42-96-36
Fax: (689) 43-78-44
Real Estate Law, Mortgage, Loans, Wills, Power of Attorney
Languages: English, Spanish, and French
Notary Public

Etienne Gau
James Lau
Thierry Jacquet
Angle des Rues Lagarde and General de Gaulle
P.O. Box 1415
Papeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia
Telephone: (689) 42-83-05
Fax: (689) 42-42-74
Languages: French, English

Marie-Josee Leou
S.E.L.A.R.L., G.G.L.C.-W.U.
P.O. Box 548
Papeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia
Telephone: (689) 540-454
Fax:(689) 540-455
Commercial Law, Labor Law, Civil and Criminal Law
Languages: French, English