Inheritance claims and power of attorney

Could your dreams of enjoying Spain, its climate and lifestyle, be taken over by a series of unfortunate events? We plan for our retirement, we look forward to putting the alarm clock away and then – we’ve all heard the stories, “He had his retirement party on the Friday, was dead on the Saturday.” It […]

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Inheritors at different levels

In Spain there are different levels of allowance you can receive before inheritance tax must be paid. The allowance is dependent upon the inheritor’s relationship to the deceased. This article provides information about the different inheritance groups. It comes as a surprise to some people. Not only is inheritance tax applied in Spain but inheritors […]

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Abandoned property

The Spanish inheritance procedure is complicated and the requirement to pay Spanish inheritance tax can make the transfer of property more difficult. Making a Spanish will can help inheritors in the long run. You quite often see them in Spain. Abandoned properties, sometimes in the middle of nowhere but they can also be on urbanisations […]

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Four steps to managing your Spanish inheritance

You have enough to cope with when someone close to you dies without adding the additional complications that come with managing Spanish inheritance. In this article we suggest four steps you might take if Spanish property has been left to you. When someone close to you dies you have many emotions to deal with. No […]

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5 advantages of investing along the Spanish coast

Alicante, Malaga and Valencia are some of the most popular areas for foreigners to buy in for investment purposes. The popularity of purchasing property in Spain continues in spite of some of the political and financial issues that have hit the countries where purchasers typically originate from. Why? In a recent article in the Spanish […]

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Consul advice for British citizens in Spain

On Monday 12th February the British Consul, Sarah-Jane Morris, visited Torrevieja town hall to meet the public and answer questions about Brexit. In this article we share the advice she gave. We are now approaching the second year of preparing for Brexit and those people who live abroad are understandably feeling a little uneasy. Although […]

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Don’t let your inheritors get caught out

When a loved one dies that last thing you want is to struggle settling inheritance issues. Unfortunately, in Spain, the differences in procedures and laws can mean that inheritors have difficulty in managing the inheritance process. One of the surprises that foreigners with property here encounter is when it comes to selling the property. Unlike […]

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Make sure you meet the inheritance deadline

When someone close to you dies the last thing you want to have to think about are the legal arrangements. Unfortunately, however great the pain might be, time is already ticking on the inheritance process. Many people who have a property interest in Spain are not aware that all the legalities must be completed within […]

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A new urban law that affects rustic properties

Did you know that even minor home improvements and refurbishments need planning permission in Spain? The town hall must give a licence for work to go ahead or you risk a hefty financial penalty. In this article we explain about building licences and what you can do if they’re missing. You need permission whether it’s […]

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Time frame to complete the Inheritance process in Spain

Nobody is really prepared for a bereavement, but unfortunately all legalities need to be completed within a certain time limit. In our country there is no transfer of ownership from deceased to inheritor automatically upon decease, on the contrary in Spain it is necessary to sign a new title deed where the estate registered in […]

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Who lives in Torrevieja 2018?

The most recent padrón statistics show changes in the local population. We look in more detail at what they tell us and why all residents should be registered. The padrón is the town census which should include the names of all the people who live there. The latest statistics recorded in Torrevieja suggest that there […]

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Some good advice on buying and selling

You might have made the decision to buy or sell your property but where do you begin? Whether you are a seasoned Spanish property owner or just setting out, it can be confusing with many people competing for your attention and your money. In this article we explain how we can help. Solicitors, estate agents […]

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Did you miss the non-resident tax declaration deadline?

December 31st was the deadline for the non-resident tax declaration. This is the form that every non-resident is required to complete annually. It’s a busy time of year and so it isn’t surprising that it can fall off the list of To-Dos. If this applies to you there’s no need to panic. It is possible […]

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Positive trends for inheritance and donation tax

Residents and non-residents inheriting or donating property in Spain used to be treated differently when it came to tax. However, following pressure from the European Commission, a modified law was passed on 28th November 2014. This brought to an end the tax discrimination there had been against non-residents living in the European Union with property […]

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Active in English thanks Ábaco

Most of the property sales that Ábaco assists with are for homes. They are on behalf of those residents and non-residents in Spain who recognise the importance of enlisting a solicitor who will look after their interests. However, there are occasions when Ábaco is asked to help with the purchase of something a little different. […]

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Spanish Inheritance tax near to disappear in Andalucia

Until recently residents and non-residents inheriting property in Spain were treated differently when it came to inheritance tax. However, following pressure from the European Commission a modified law was passed on the 28th November 2014. This meant that for all inheritance transactions and donations after January 1st 2015, non-residents could not be discriminated against when […]

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What happens when you separate?

It’s something that you don’t set out to do, but unfortunately some unions end in divorce and this has repercussions for your property in Spain too. It can be tempting to leave sorting this out until other matters are settled first. However, you shouldn’t leave it too late before you are putting your Spanish house […]

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Book your free conveyancing consultation any time you like

Buying a property in any country is a big step. If you are thinking about buying in Spain then you will have questions you need answering. Who should you ask? Many of those you come into contact with might have the answers but also have other interests at stake. You want an informed and unbiased […]

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Where to go hiking in Spain

If you want to go hiking in Spain then you really are spoilt for choice. Spain has 14 national parks, every one of which can be an interesting alternative for a hike. We mention some of these routes in this article, but it is impossible to cover all of them. It’s worth noting that although […]

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Renting in Spain – the tax implications

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Renting is a good option if you are looking to make some money out of a property you have bought in Spain. Whether it is a short term or long term let, renting is increasingly popular and many different types of property are in demand. Some people choose to do all the paper work themselves […]

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The rise and fall of solar energy in Spain

Solar energy in Spain

You’d think with the seemingly endless sunshine in Spain that solar power would be its chief form of energy. However, this is not the case. Why doesn’t Spain invest more heavily in solar power? Spain has a reputation for the number of sunny days that it can boast. Even in the winter it rarely rains […]

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Clarify your mortgage clauses

During the very busy years of buying in Spain, mortgages were easy to get hold of. Banks carried out only the most rudimentary of checks and purchasers often knew little about the mortgage they’d taken out. In this article we explain that more protection is to come.    In the rush to seal the deal […]

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Making the decision – inheritance tax vs gift tax

Making sure your loved ones benefit from your hard-earned money is a priority for the majority. You can’t take it with you but it’s nice to have control over who you’re leaving it to. For some, ‘gifting’ their property seems like the best option. It means the process can be completed during your lifetime and […]

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Obtaining a building permit

Unfortunately there are less-than-scrupulous builders who will claim they have obtained a building permit on your behalf, when, in fact, they have not. Having the correct building licences is, ultimately, your responsibility. In this article we explain how to make sure your reformed or extended property is legal.

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Questions about buying or selling in Spain? Let’s chat

It’s the era of instant messaging and Ábaco won’t be left behind. Visit our website, click on the chat window and a member of our customer care department will pop up to help you.

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