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Deposit contracts when buying a property

Deposit contracts when buying a property

MR BLANCO, I have signed a "deposit contract" to buy a house in Denia (I am English). I wanted to know if the money I have given goes to the real estate agent or...
Two lawyers with a growing practice

Pellicer & Heredia – Two lawyers with a growing practice

JUST 10 years ago a pair of lawyers who had been working in International Law decided to set up their own company, Pellicer & Heredia. Since that start, just prior to the credit crunch, Ignacio...
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Pellicer & Heredia: Do I have to renounce British citizenship?

Q: Do I have to renounce British citizenship to acquire Spanish nationality? A: Yes. Except for citizens of countries with which there is agreement of dual nationality (which is not the case of the UK),...
A bilingual lawyer who understands expatriates and Spanish law

A bilingual lawyer who understands expatriates and Spanish law

ANTONIO FLORES founded the Marbella based lawyers Lawbird 15 years ago and his practice works predominantly for English speaking clients. He was educated in the English system and is totally bilingual as are the majority...
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Pellicer & Heredia: What is the mortgage floor rate?

Q:What is the mortgage floor rate? How do I know if my mortgage has this? A:The mortgage floor rate is one of the many abusive clauses that you may have written in your mortgage, the...
Steps Required for Inheritance in Spain

Steps required for inheritance in Spain

DEAR Mr Blanco, I am an English lady living in Spain and recently my English husband passed away. Could you please explain the necessary steps to follow to obtain the inheritance here in Spain. Yours,...
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Pellicer & Heredia: What is the non-resident tax and who does it apply to?

Q: What is the non-resident tax and who does it apply to? A: This applies to anybody who is not legally a resident in Spain, but who has assets such as property in Spain, income...
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Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

Q: If the UK leaves the European Union, will I still have the right to use the Spanish health service? A: Yes, provided you are registered in Spain and have requested healthcare cover because of...
Property boundary questions and answers

Property boundary questions and answers

Hello my name is Mr. Smith and I have bought a second-hand property in Teulada. I had a lot of discussions with my Spanish neighbour about the boundaries of my property and I want...
Getting married in Spain

Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

Getting married in Spain Q: My partner and I want to get married in Spain? What paperwork do we need? A: You will need to speak to the town hall where you want to have the...
Applying for Spanish nationality

Pellicer & Heredia: Questions & Answers

CAN I apply for Spanish nationality? And if so HOW? Have you ever wondered .. Who can apply for Spanish nationality? When to start the procedure? What documentation is required? Which exams need to be...
grandparents

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...
passports

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...

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