Real Estate Registration

About real estate registration

Real property registration is a system for land and buildings that documents ownership of properties, including location, size, and current owner(s), in addition to ownership and mortgage history.

The registration system exists to preserve the rights of property owners and facilitate smooth real estate transactions.

Japan’s real estate registration system is unique in several ways. For instance, buildings and land have separate registrations. Compared with other countries the system is relatively complex, and transfer of ownership requires a considerable amount of legal paperwork. However, as a result of this thorough registration process, Japanese real estate transactions are extremely secure.

Our strengths

STK Legal has a strong reputation in the real estate industry for our unparalleled skill in facilitating real estate transactions. Our team is often called upon by Japan’s foremost financial institutions to handle any type of registration procedure. Whether it is a transfer of ownership for a house or condominium, registration of a newly-built condominium, trusts, addition / removal of mortgages, gifting, or division / distribution of property: if it can be done, we can do it without fail. We work on behalf of owners, sellers, banks, and real estate agents.

We are also highly experienced in handling real estate transactions that require an additional degree of review, such as voluntary sales (pre-foreclosure) or confirming the intentions of an individual of advanced age. Our firm has extensive experience in handling complex transactions.

Our team of professionals can guide you through all of the necessary procedures to ensure a secure transaction, including assistance by consultants who are native speakers of English, Chinese, and Korean.

With offices in Tokyo, Osaka and Singapore, STK Legal is a partner you can trust for real estate transactions. You can also benefit from our existing network of strategic partnerships with major financial institutions including Japan’s largest banks and major real estate companies to ensure a smooth process.

Process

  • Step 1

    Free consultation

    Contact us by phone or email to schedule a free consultation.
    Tokyo: +81 (0)3-3234-1077
    Osaka: +81 (0)6-6362-3003
    Email: info@st-kokusai.com

  • Step 2

    Estimate

    We will provide a fee estimate based on your needs.

  • Step 3

    Contract

    Upon being contracted by the client, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the real estate and commence the registration procedures.

  • Step 4

    Apply for registration

    After confirming all documents and the intentions of all involved parties on closing (settlement) day, we will promptly apply for registration.

  • Step 5

    Registration complete

    After completing the real estate registration procedures, we promptly deliver the completed documents to the client after final confirmation of the title deed certificate and real property registration certificate.

Inheritance Registration

About inheritance registration

Inheritance registration is the procedure for transferring real estate registration from the decedent to heir(s).

Although it does not have to take place immediately, we strongly recommend to address inheritance registration in a timely manner. If you wait several years to commence procedures, the process becomes more complicated.

Our strengths

STK Legal can handle all domestic and international cases. There are various procedures for inheritance registration, including testamentary gift registration by will, statutory inheritance, and agreement on division of inheritance.

We can handle even the most complex cases, for instance taking into account the death of a statutory heir, procedures for a large number of heirs, registration for heir(s) living overseas, and registration for heir(s) of foreign nationality. Additionally, we offer full support in acquisition and preparation of legal documents, including knowledge of which particular certificates need to be obtained from foreign governments in order to satisfy Japanese government requirements.

We provide assistance to foreign nationals regardless of nationality. With a solid track record of inheritance settlement, we are well known as a leading legal affairs consultant and often receive referrals from major financial institutions.

Let us help you successfully complete inheritance procedures using our expert team and vast experience.

Process

  • Step 1

    Free consultation

    Contact us by phone or email to schedule a free consultation.
    Tokyo: +81 (0)3-3234-1077
    Osaka: +81 (0)6-6362-3003
    Email: info@st-kokusai.com

  • Step 2

    Estimate

    We will provide a fee estimate based on your needs.

  • Step 3

    Contract

    Upon being contracted by the client, we will confirm the heirs and conduct an investigation of the real estate. We will begin collecting all necessary documents to prepare to apply for inheritance registration.

  • Step 4

    Apply for registration

    After confirming all documents, we will promptly apply for registration.

  • Step 5

    Registration complete

    After completing the registration procedure, we promptly deliver the completed documents to the client after final confirmation of the title deed certificate and real property registration certificate.

Trusts

About Trusts

Trusts enable you to entrust your assets to a third party (a family member or trust company) to manage it for yourself and your loved ones based on your instructions. You can use trusts as a beneficial way to manage and protect your assets.

In a family trust, family members, relatives, or a family-owned company become the trustee, and can manage and transfer property among family members. In recent years, family trusts have become increasingly popular in Japan as a part of pre-inheritance legacy planning strategies. There are also clear benefits for families of people suffering from cognitive illnesses such as dementia.

In a commercial trust, a company such as a trust bank or trust firm who holds a trust business license becomes the trustee, and as a result can manage your assets and make investments on your behalf. The process for transferring real estate ownership to a commercial trust is complicated and requires expertise in trust registration.

Our strengths

Our firm has a great deal of experience in full handling of registration procedures to establish trusts in Japan. Whether you want to set up a family trust or a commercial trust, we can guide you through the necessary procedures step by step.

Contact us to set up a consultation to learn more about family trusts. If you need assistance with tax consulting, we can also introduce certified accountants (Japan CPA) who are part of our network of professionals.

Process

  • Step 1

    Free consultation

    Contact us by phone or email to schedule a free consultation.
    Tokyo: +81 (0)3-3234-1077
    Osaka: +81 (0)6-6362-3003
    Email: info@st-kokusai.com

  • Step 2

    Estimate

    We will provide a fee estimate based on your needs.

  • Step 3

    Contract

    Upon being contracted by the client, we will conduct an investigation of assets (cash, financial instruments, and real property) and create a proposal based on your needs.

  • Step 4

    Apply for registration

    After receiving final approval from the client, we will prepare the necessary documents and apply for registration.

  • Step 5

    Registration complete

    Upon completing the registration, we promptly deliver the completed documents to the client after final review.

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