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Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

Q : I want to spend more time with my grandchildren but my daughter-in-law makes this increasingly difficult. Where do I stand legally? A : This is a terrible situation to be in, however you...
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Q & A: Registering in Spain

Q : What is the NIE number and do I need one if I am staying in Spain? A :The NIE number (Número de identificación de Extranjeros), is the abbreviation  given for the Identification Number...
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Limited responsibility mortgage

Dear Mr. Blanco, My parents bought a property in Spain over 15 years ago. Unfortunately, they had trouble paying the mortgage and the bank foreclosed and proceeded through auction to sell the property. Though...
Building Own Home

Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

Q: I HAVE always dreamed of building my own home can I buy some land and build my own house? A: Yes, but please check the following:Yes, but please check the following: Is the land classed...
European health card

Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

Q :Can under age child or a pregnant woman be refused medical care in Spain if they are not resident and have no European health card? A :According to the Spanish ministry of health,all people...
Driving Licences

Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

Q :There are so many conflicting stories about foreign nationals having to change a driving license when they reside in Spain. So, what is correct – at the moment? Do I have to change...
How to complain

Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

Q : If I want to complain in Spain, what do I have to do? A : Ask fora ‘hoja de reclamación’?  The hojas de reclamaciones are issued by the local authority and filling one of...
Private contract, notary and registration

Private contract, notary and registration

by Gonzalo Blanco Private contracts You can legally purchase a property using a private contract, as long as it contains some minimum requirements: identification of the parties contracting, the object of the sale and the...
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It’s holiday time again: Have you got that Liberty feeling?

ONCE again, summer is here with a vengeance. Temperatures soar and with the influx of tourists, you have to keep your wits about you at all times when driving. Holiday-makers who rent a car,...
Non Married Rights

Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

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...

Taxation of urban buildings owned by non-resident individuals

by Gonzalo Blanco IF you are a non-resident in Spain and the owner of an urban property located in this country, you will be subject to Non-Residents' Income Tax and to a local Property Tax. Non-residents...

Lost a deposit when a Spanish property developer went bust? Help may be...

A COMPANY set up to act for those who have lost money due to Spanish construction company liquidation expects to recover millions of euros for clients. Spanish Legal Reclaims has used a number of highly...

Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

QUESTION: My partner is a non EU national. What documentation must he have in order to be able to work here legally? ANSWER: A non EU foreigner who wishes to work in Spain must obtain...

Traffic Fines

Q : I have received an unjustified traffic fine. What can I do about it? A : There are several ways to appeal: - online : visit the trafico’s website (DGT) ; REMEMBER you will need...

Legal Questions & Answers

Q. I am intending to renovate my villa. My friend has told me that I need to let the town hall know AND also that I have to apply for a permit from the...

Moneycorp Answers

THE COST savings of using a specialist currency company are attractive but I have been put off as I understand there could be extra work involved. I also have concerns regarding the safety of...

Am I entitled to receive public healthcare in Spain?

THE ANSWER depends on several criteria, including the following: Were you a legal resident in Spain prior to the 24 of April 2012? Do you earn less than 100.000 euros per year? Don't worry if you don’t...

Parking fines of €200 in Les Roques

IN MARCH, the prohibition of parking in the narrow streets of the Les Roques neighbourhood came into force and all parking was restricted to residents-only. Residents were warned they could only continue to park their...

Facebook and Google duped in $100m scam

IN MARCH, it was reported that two major tech companies were tricked by a Lithuanian man into sending him over $100m (€91m). Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, was charged with wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity...

Can my ex-partner travel abroad with our children when we have joint custody?

QUESTION: Can my ex-partner travel with our children abroad when we have joint custody? Does he need my permission? ANSWER: In the case when both parents have joint custody of a minor, the written consent...

Getting married in Spain – Questions & Answers

Q: My partner and I really want to get married in Spain, but we have heard that there is a lot of “red tape” and paperwork to do this. We are both British nationals,...

24,000 consumers used new European disputes platform in first year

WHILE THERE are strong rules in place in the EU to protect consumers, in practice consumers sometimes encounter problems getting redress when their rights are violated, particularly cross border. When consumers have made their purchase...

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THE Teulada-Moraira Auditori was alive last weekend as it played host to the International Piano Festival. The festival welcomed 18-year-old Carlos Santo Martinez back to Spain...
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LEAVE these beauty tips where they belong: in the past. DON’T Heat up your eyelash curler with a hair dryer. This seems like a great idea in...
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