Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

Non Married Rights

MY partner and I have been together for 15 years but we are not married, now that we have moved to Spain, I am interested in knowing what our rights are with regards to inheritance and inheritance tax?

If a couple are not married they have no claim to inherit any share of their partner’s assets. In addition, inheritance tax will be higher between couples who are not married than their married counterparts.

In the first instance the most important aspect is to draw up and sign a will, carefully dividing your assets in the manner that you wish to.

Please remember if you are not of Spanish nationality and you state in your will the European legislation that allows you more or even free disposal of you assets. Otherwise the Spanish law will apply.

PELLICER & HEREDIA Lawyers have a department specializing in Estate Planning. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any aspect of the inheritance process or any other legal enquiry. Email us at or call (+34) 965 48 07 37.

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PELLICER & HEREDIA is one of Spain’s most dynamic law firms, consisting of a multi-skilled staff, fluent in English and with many years of experience in dealing with Spanish law. In addition, a substantial amount of our work has an international aspect. We regularly act for foreign companies and private individuals representing their interests in Spain on both transactional and litigation matters. If you have any further questions about this or any other legal matter, please do not hesitate to contact us - we have a team of experts standing by to assist you in any way we can. Call 965 480 737 or email


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