We might talk about legal advisers and executives, solicitors, barristers and lawyers. But there’s one professional in Spain who is even more difficult to pin down – the Spanish ‘gestor’.
What is a gestor?
Many people who find themselves living in or visiting Spain frequently, have had some contact with the multi-talented ‘gestor’. It might have been to sort out a driving licence, transfer ownership of a car or tackle some other aspect of mind-numbing bureaucracy.
As Spain is burdened down with paper work it’s no wonder that the gestor has plenty of quasi-legal activities to get involved with. But how are they different from the abogado and what role does the asesor hold? It’s not always easy to work out what’s what, who’s who and which door to knock on.
Differences between a gestor, an abogado, an asesor, a notario and a procurador
This table might just help:
|Title||Definition||What they do|
|Abogado||Spanish lawyer||– Property and urban law|
– Disputes and litigation
– Divorce and custody
– Other legal matters
|Fiscal Asesor||Financial or tax adviser/ advisor||– Tax advice and information|
– Accountancy services
– Fiscal representation
– Other financial matters
|Gestor||Licensed administrative office – A professional dealing with state-related paper work||– Self-employment and social security|
– Transfer of vehicle ownership
– Driving licences and other car related matters
– Other ‘paperwork’ matters
|Notario||Notary – a qualified lawyer who has completed an additional period of specialised study||– Legalising documents such as power of attorney, wills, the Title Deed|
– Is a representative of the state and will offer advice on legal points but does not check the contractual terms
|Procurador||Legal expert who works with a lawyer||– Preparation and presentation of documents to the court|
As you can see, a number of different roles that in many cases will overlap. So, for example, at Ábaco we specialise in both fiscal and legal advice so spanning the title of asesor and abogado. Some gestors also do tax declarations and will take on some legal matters normally associated with an Abogado.
What do you need to check when looking for a gestor?
It is most important that whatever task you need help with you check:
- That the professional has some form of accreditation and is part of a professional body, perhaps being registered with the college of lawyers, economists and official translators.
- That they are fluent in your native language if you are not fluent in Spanish
- There are others who can vouch for their efficiency and reliability – in other words, they need a reference
You entrust these individuals with your money, your property and your personal information, it’s worth making sure you have the right person for the job.