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Spanish will: Advantages and the process

Wills in Spain

Making plans and arrangements for when you die isn’t easy. However, it is an important process to go through and perhaps even more so when you have property in another country. There are many differences in the way inheritance works in Spain in comparison to elsewhere. It is important that you know what it entails […]

Understanding Spanish inheritance law

Spanish inheritance law is different from other European nations, so it’s important you understand the nuances when putting your affairs in order.  It might not be the most cheerful subject, but it is important that you make sure that you understand Spanish law when you’re writing your will. Taking action now can ensure that your […]

Beating Brexit with donations

As we move closer to the Brexit due date many British people are increasingly anxious about what to expect. However, the reality is that even at this late stage, we don’t really know what will happen once Britain leaves the EU. What we do know is that we can’t expect it to be as easy […]

Making your wishes known

Most people are aware of the importance of making a will. Ensuring that those you love receive the inheritance you’ve worked for is recognised as one of those tasks we should do in good time. However not many people are aware that you can also make a living will. A living will enables someone to […]

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 […]

7 answers to 7 questions making a Spanish will

It’s a difficult but very important subject. We recommend to all our clients that at some point they make a Will in Spain, even if they have made provision in their home country. Here we list some frequently asked questions to help you take that step forward when contemplating making a Spanish will: I have […]

Your will in Spain – should you make a new one?

A new inheritance law has been causing lots of discussion amongst foreigners living in Spain.  The Regulation (EU) No. 650/2012 and the creation of a European Certificate of Succession has raised many questions about the validity of existing Spanish wills covering property in Spain for those who are resident here. The new law was made […]

Spanish succession law and its implications

When you are living in a country that’s different to the one you were born in, many variations in the law can pass you by. Succession law in Spain is one of those that can take foreigners living here by surprise. Recent EU legislation relating to wills means that it is even more important that […]

The importance of making a Spanish Will

We recommend to all our clients that at some point they make a will in Spain to cover the bequeathing of their Spanish assets. In theory, a will made in their home country covers their world wide assets already. However, if you have only made a foreign will then there are implications for your inheritors. […]

The Spanish will registry – a bureaucratic success

When you first buy a Spanish property with your partner, husband, wife or even friend, you have no idea what might happen in the future. In the excitement of making the purchase your thoughts are to the here and now and not the ‘what might be’. Unfortunately the unthinkable does sometimes happen. People split up, […]

New EU legislation affecting your Spanish will

You may already have heard about the changes to inheritance legislation and Spanish wills in Spain. There are important changes taking place that may affect you if you are an EU citizen and a resident here. New EU inheritance legislation The Regulation (EU) No. 650/2012 states: EU citizens habitually residing in Spain (Residents) will be […]

Putting your Spanish will in order

Different countries have different rules about inheritance. For example, Spanish succession law requires that when someone dies two-thirds of the total inheritance must go to the children. They are the ‘legal beneficiaries’. This then only leaves one third of the estate to be disposed of according to the deceased’s wishes. In the UK and Ireland […]

Making a Spanish will

We recommend to all our clients that at some point they make a will in Spain. It is true that a will made in your home country can cover all your world wide belongings, including any you have in Spain. However, if you don’t have a Spanish will it means that an official translator, the […]

Changing a Spanish will

Making a will in Spain is not compulsory but it’s a good idea. It cuts down on the work and expense for those you leave behind you. However, you need to think carefully about what it might contain not only from the point of view of Spanish inheritance tax but also changing circumstances. Changing a […]

National Law and Spanish wills

It’s easy to forget or not even realise that a country’s habits, laws and customs might not be the same as your own. You can quite easily expect things to work the same as they do in your own country. An example of this is the Spanish will and Spanish inheritance. Residents and non-residents in […]

Spanish Wills

Why is it important? We recommend to all our clients that at some point they make a will in Spain.  A will made in your home country can cover all your world wide belongings, including any you have in Spain. However, if you don’t have a Spanish will it means that the High Court of […]