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Answer: It is strongly advisable to make a Will in Spain if you have property
or other assets here. Your loved ones left behind will thank you for it as it
really does make things a lot more straightforward for them, not to mention
saving a huge amount on legal, translation and other fees. Your English
Will can remain in place to cover your English assets (and they should state
that they only apply to your English assets and do not conflict with your
Spanish Will to avoid any possible confusion with either Will at a later date)
although do remember to review them from time to time to take into account
changes in inheritance tax rules and to make sure that everyone you want to
benefit (new grandchildren, for example) are covered.
Making a Spanish Will is a fairly simple process and we will help you at every
step. As a foreigner, you are allowed to leave your assets in Spain to whoever you
wish although talk to us first if there is any risk of the Will being challenged at a later
date by, for instance, a family member you are cutting out of your Will. You simply
give us your instructions as to what you want to happen and we go with you to the
notary for the signing of the Will and translate for you. The Will is prepared in English
and Spanish. After signing, it is registered at a central registry in Madrid so there is
no question of it being lost.
Your grown up children will need to get their NIE´s (número de identificación de
extranjero) before they can inherit. These can easily be arranged by us, perhaps
when they are over here on a holiday visit rather than wait until they are going
through the inheritance process after you have gone.
Our fees for a Spanish Will are very competitive for one person and for a married
couple where each will is a “mirror image” of the other. Our fees include notary´s fees.
Arrange your Wills both Spanish and English right here on the Costa Blanca in Spain
with Express Legal in La Nucia. Book and appointment
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Question We have property in Spain and we
also have some savings in England where our
grown up children live. We made Wills in
England before we moved to Spain. Do we now
have to make Spanish Wills as well?