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Relocation to Spain

General Considerations when Moving to Spain

Perhaps a result of the proximity of Brexit, the numbers choosing a relocation to Spain seem to be climbing. Another factor could be the tendency for more of us to opt for self-employment and the fact that a much higher proportion of such businesses may be run remotely, from any location with a decent broadband service.

Moving to a new country can be a stressful experience, especially if you do not speak the language. In order to avoid mishaps we highly recommend you to seek advice from a local lawyer, who can advise on and manage the bureaucracy and paperwork you will face when relocating to Spain.

Relocation to Spain may also be part of a bigger trend of companies to locate personnel in an increasing number of international markets. Relocation to Spain is now a commonplace requirement for any international company, while individuals also seek worldwide job opportunities.

If you are considering relocating to Spain or are responsible for relocating an employee here, Advocate Abroad can ensure that the transition is smooth, hassle-free and efficient, allowing you to concentrate on your business immediately, with minimum down-time.

Relocation involves much more than finding a home, that’s why finding a good affordable package can help you with a smooth transition for both you and your family. After completion of a questionnaire to determine your exact housing requirements and needs we will help you to:

Relocation Services

  1. Find the right home, arranging different accompanied visits to several properties in a pre-move visit where you can choose your home – photographs of which you would have been able to view in advance.
  2. Facilitate communication with agents and property owners, assisting in the negotiation of the rental price and terms of the lease contract.
  3. Inspect the check-in process and departure assistance, making sure all utilities and services are cancelled and checking the termination of contracts at the end of the stay.
  4. Arrange gas, electricity, water, telephone/ internet connections.
  5. Arrange possible housekeeping, emergency visits of electricians, plumbers or other technicians.
  6. Obtain residence permits, work authorizations, visas, registrations at the consular office, social security, setting up of bank accounts.
  7. Tourist information and culture program offering a list of private and public entities for language courses and cultural activities.
  8. Assistance with tax and fiscal matters.
  9. School search for your children giving wide options of state, private, British or international schools.
  10. Legal assistance if you want to buy a property.
  11. Any other requirements that could arise upon request.

 

Short Stays

Anyone who wishes to stay for a period of less than three months may stay in Spain without a special permit. During their stay, they can identify themselves with the identity documents issued by their countries (usually their passport).

Anyone staying for more than a few weeks for holidays should request a NIE number (Número de Identificación de Extranjeros in Wikipedia). This document is essential in order to carry-out a lot of official activities in Spain such as opening a bank account or purchasing a property.

You can get an NIE number in the Foreigner’s office of the city where you are planning to relocate, although you may find some difficulties to get an appointment since there are often hundreds of people at their offices each day. Advocate Abroad offers an exclusive service, called NIE express via which we can obtain your NIE number within 72 hours.

 

Long-term Residency

EU citizens do not need a visa to stay, live, or work in Spain. However, people from a member estate from the European Union or European Economic Area who are planning to stay in Spain for a period of more than three months must request the European citizen card, which is known as a “green card”.

This card will identify you with your name, nationality, address, Spanish identity number for foreign nationals (NIE) and your date of registration. The application must be submitted in person. Prior to the introduction of the Residence Certificate in April 2007, foreigners were required to submit a separate application for a NIE. This is no longer necessary, as application for an NIE is incorporated in the residence certificate application process.

 

Pensioners

Retirees can get a residency certificate by submitting paperwork that proves that they are self-reliant or that they have a pension paid by their home state. Likewise, they must prove that they are covered by healthcare insurance in Spain.

For example, the document that the Spanish foreigner’s office if the applicants are British is the S1 form. It is a healthcare certificate that entitles you and any dependants to healthcare in another EU/EEA country and Switzerland on the same basis as a resident of the UK.

 

Workers

If you decide to work in Spain, you must register with the social security system by requesting your social security number and registration in the system. It is a compulsory formality for anyone wishing to carry out a professional activity within the national territory, whether as an employee or as a self-employed individual. This number is free, and it does not expire.

Employers request a social security number for employees if they don’t already have one. Self-employed workers may make the application themselves or hire a professional to complete the process for them in the process of relocation to Spain.

Citizens who pay social security automatically have the right to use the Spanish healthcare system. The alternative would be contracting a private health insurance. There are several private health care companies in Spain.

If you are planning to work as self-employed in Spain, different rules apply – Advocate Abroad offers a full service for those wishing to set-up as self-employed in Spain.

You may be interested in the following service...

"Rosa was very attentive and efficient. Qualities that are hard to come by here in Mallorca.

I will not hesitate to contact Rosa un the future if I need some assistance. I will also be recommending her to anybody that requires these kind of services."

Liam Laverty, Palma De Mallorca (Aug 02, 2019)

Business Licence Application

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Opening and operating a business can often require the owner to obtain a license to carry-out the specific activity. Sometimes, this is passed-on to the new owner, if purchasing an existing business, or if not, it may be necessary to make an application. Where the business shall deal with the public, these tend to be quite arcane and complex. Especially if the activity or service to be provided is dangerous in any way, such as certain sporting activities.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Initial discussion with a lawyer to understand the project you have in mind
  • Preparation of a report on the steps to be taken to initiate the activity and the likely costs involved, including an evaluation of the likelihood of success
  • Upon agreement, initiation of the application and the steps to obtain the licence
  • Follow-up services to include full tax and accounting service

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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Brian Thomas Clapham, Cordoba (Nov 22, 2021)

Business Purchase

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Both individuals and companies are interested in either making strategic investments in businesses located in other countries or indeed in purchasing them outright. To be able to advise on such investments – ranging from relatively straight forward to highly complex - requires a great deal of experience and ability to carry-out due diligence, understand the impact of tax and accounting rules and corporate law in general, to ensure that your investment is safe and productive.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Initial discussion with a tax lawyer to understand the project you have in mind
  • The tax lawyer will provide you with a report on the impact of the course of action proposed and options to make the investment as efficient and cost-effective as is possible.
  • Upon agreement on the specific course of action to take, the tax lawyer will implement and manage the investment

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"He was the utmost Professional. And I would recommend him to anyone."

Neil Halton-smith, Las Palmas (Feb 26, 2020)

Business Set-Up

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

If you have already decided on the type of business you want to run, and where you wish to locate it, then the main decision you will need to make is whether you should set it up as a limited company or as a sole trader.

This can be extremely important as you can save a considerable amount of money depending on which option you choose. Both have benefits and drawbacks.

Self-employed is of course cheaper to set-up and less costly to manage since the reporting requirements are lesser than in the case of limited companies.

On the other hand, limited companies do limit your liability in the case of a claim against your business, which depending on the type of business could be the only reason you need to opt for this type of structure. Otherwise, a limited company is rather more flexible when there are a number of partners or when the company has other, more complex attributes.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Ensure legal interests are protected, especially when creating a company with several partners.
  • Drawing-up a notarial contract according to your guidelines, properly prepared and tailored to your objectives.
  • Ensuring that your Articles of Association contain all necessary elements.
  • Make sure that the application is made in accordance with the requirements of the Commercial Companies Code. With the power of attorney you will have granted to us, on your behalf we will register your company at all Government institutions and offices required by law.
  • Applying for company tax and identification numbers.
  • Obtaining all necessary documents, permits and approvals.
  • Dealing with bank formalities connected with setting up of the company bank account.
  • Once completed the registration process, we will draw up all other corporate documents required by the Commercial Companies Code.

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Prompt Response, Full Understanding of what was Required and Possible Problems, Provision of Absolute Value for Money.

Total Ability to Explain What is Required, Identification of Challenges and Application of Relevant Solutions,

Meeting in Person Was Not a Problem, Highly Professional - Absolutely Life Changing Experience! Sincere Thanks to Oliver and Family from Kuznecovs Family!!!"

Paul Kuznecovs, Los Cristianos (Oct 08, 2020)

Company Formation

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Getting the Right People for the Job

Company formation in Spain is unfortunately more complex and time-consuming than is the case in the UK and other Anglo-saxon jurisdictions. The first and most important step to ensuring the long-term viability of your new business in Spain is to get the right help and advice from those with experience and knowledge of the business environment you are going to be facing.

Advocate Abroad’s network of tax lawyers and accountants are seasoned experts at helping English-speakers set-up businesses in Spain in those sectors that expats tend to open– from IT Companies to Restaurants, from plumbers to Diving Schools. We understand your business and we are motivated to help you succeed.

Our business set-up specialist lawyers and accountants can assist you at any one of Advocate Abroad's 60 offices across mainland Spain and the islands.

 

2Sole Trader v Limited Company

Before providing in-depth details of our services it is first necessary to determine whether you need a limited company in Spain or if registering as an 'autonomo' or sole trader is more appropriate.

The main advantages and disadvantages of each form of business are described in the article: Starting a Business in Spain: Sole trader vs Ltd Company.

 

 

360 Office Locations Across Spain

With 60 individual office locations throughout the Iberian peninsula and the islands, and 6 tax specialist centres we are able to offer a truly nationwide service to English-speakers wherever they are located in Spain.

4Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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Patrick Mcdermott, Benidorm (Nov 25, 2021)

EU Residency Visa

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Those who have chosen to settle in a foreign country must go through a series of legal procedures beginning with application for a Visa (in non-EU citizen) through to arranging local ID and registration for various services (for all citizens).

A lot of time and money can be wasted on not knowing what you are supposed to do, and relying on information about processes that may no longer be valid, since immigration is an area of law that is quite notorious for changing rules and procedures.

Having a local expert who speaks the language and has great experience of dealing with the immigration authorities will greatly reduce the stress and hassle involved

2What does this service consist of?

  • Provision of up-to-date advice and support with making the Visa application
  • Managing all local procedures required to be carried-out by those settling in a country following the formal immigration process, including:
    • Arranging ID cards/numbers for EU Citizens
    • Community Family Card for non-EU family members,
    • Registration with local authorities and health services
  • Referral to other services provided by Advocate Abroad such as legal support with residential and commercial lettings, estate agent partners to assist with location of suitable places to live and do business

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Consuelo was extremely helpful, she couldn't have done more. I would definitely recommend her to friends."

Catherine, Alicante (Feb 15, 2019)

Golden Visa

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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Gian Piero Staffa, Consell (Nov 30, 2021)

Immigration-Business

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Business opportunities often require travel to foreign countries, and so it can become necessary to request a Visa to visit a country, in order to carry-out a business. A visa may be obtained to visit various Schengen countries, though should be applied for in the principal destination

2What does this service consist of?

  • An initial discussion with lawyers highly experienced in making successful applications for a Visa based on investment
  • A business plan is prepared, and all other documents required for a successful application are assembled under the guidance of your lawyer
  • Your lawyer makes the application to the appropriate governmental bodies, on your behalf, in the correct time-frame
  • You will be informed of the success of the application
  • Referral to other services provided by Advocate Abroad such as legal support with residential and commercial lettings, estate agent partners to assist with location of suitable places to live and do business

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Our lawyer made one phone call on our behalf and sorted out a long standing issue with a rental agency. Would absolutely recommend him, he understood the issue and dealt with it efficiently."

K K, Fuengirola (Sep 18, 2019)

Limited Company Set-up Service

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Depending on the type and size of the business that you are planning to set-up, a limited company can often be the appropriate choice – for the same reasons as are the case in your home country – flexibility and limited liability. Note that the bureaucracy associated with incorporating a company and ensuring tax and reporting compliance tend to be rather more complex than in the UK and other Anglo-Saxon jurisdictions.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Ensure legal interests are protected, especially when creating a company with several partners.
  • Drawing-up a notarial contract according to your guidelines, properly prepared and tailored to your objectives.
  • Ensuring that your Articles of Association contain all necessary elements.
  • Make sure that the application is made in accordance with the requirements of the Commercial Companies Code. With the power of attorney you will have granted to us, on your behalf we will register your company at all Government institutions and offices required by law.
  • Applying for company tax and identification numbers.
  • Obtaining all necessary documents, permits and approvals.
  • Dealing with bank formalities connected with setting up of the company bank account.
  • Once completed the registration process, we will draw up all other corporate documents required by the Commercial Companies Code.

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"It is very difficult to find a good lawyer and this law firm has set the standard very high! I sent them an email and within an hour someone called me. No waiting, no bs, straight to the point!"

Don Sierra, Granada (May 28, 2019)

New Build

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Sometimes we find the ideal place to live. The only problem is that there's no property that suits or that is available! In which case, the only option apart from waiting for a suitable property to become available is to build a new home from scratch. This is ideal for those who have a clear idea of what they want, yet are unable to find it among second-hand properties in the area they want to live

2What does this service consist of?

  • Initial consultation with an experienced English-speaking Architect to discuss plans and including expert advice on design, use of space, materials and compliance with planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Drawing-up formal plans
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Making formal submission to obtain planning-permission
  • Management and co-ordination of the building works including employment of local builders and tradesmen
  • Project Certification

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Alvaro was the best choice of a lawyer I could have made. He was thorough and his experience was evident during the entire custody process.

He was always available to answer my concerns and made me feel secure with each step of the legal process, and we achieved a better result than I expected."

Bailey Marks, Jaen (Dec 04, 2020)

NIE Application

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Anyone who wishes to carry-out any one of a large number of transactions in Spain may need to obtain an NIE number. For example, if you wish to rent, buy or inherit a property in Spain will need to arrange an NIE (Número Identidad Extranjero – Foreigner’s Identity Number). An NIE will also be necessary for arranging a large number of personal activities such as arranging utilities, getting a mobile phone, registering with local authorities or health-centres etc

An NIE can be arranged on your behalf by a legal representative appropriately empowered via a power of attorney.

 

2What does this service consist of?

  • An initial consultation with a lawyer to understand the process
  • We will provide you with a list of documents and requirements you must comply with in order to make a successful application
  • As required, we can draft a Power of Attorney in order to obtain the number on your behalf
  • Alternatively, we can make the application on your behalf and then accompany you to a physical appointment in order to obtain the NIE number

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Our experience in using Rosa has been flawless. She has been incredibly responsive and helpful from day one.

We couldn't be more happy with her service and we look forward to many more years of help and support!"

Gemma Pitt, Mallorca (Feb 03, 2020)

NIF Application

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this service for?

Anyone wishing to carry-out certain transacions in Portugal - will need to obtain a NIF number. A wide-range of every-day activities in Portugal require the NIF, for example, to open a bank account, rent a property, buy a property, arrange utilities etc.

The NIF number should not be confused with residency which is a legal (and fiscal) distinction about where you live or where you are fiscally based. Anyone who is legally resident will also have a NIF number, but that doesn't mean that anyone with a NIF number is resident in Portugal.

There are a number of pre-conditions that determine which type of NIF you apply for and our local experts will ensure that these are complied with so that you follow the appropriate application process.

2What does this service consist of?

Advocate Abroad's local lawyers will manage this process for you from beginning to end:

  • Advice and assistance to ensure the applicant has the required documentation and information (according to the basis upon which the application is made - see options above)
  • Complete the application request on your behalf
  • Accompany the applicant or appear on behalf of the appplicant before the relevant government offices to
  • Process the application
  • Arrange for payment of administrative fee
  • Obtain the Certificate of Residency on your behalf

 

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"

Having been in Barcelona for only six months, we ran into a problem with a local landlord and needed swift legal advice. I duly searched the internet and decided to plump for Advocate Abroad where upon I spoke to Oscar. Look no further. He was immediately courteous, polite, very understanding, and extremely professional. Above all, he was patient, listened precisely to what I had to say before he gave me his professional opinion of where I stood from a legal point of view. His command of the English language was faultless to the point where I felt that I could have been speaking to a native English speaker.

As to the subject matter, within a 30 minute phone call I understood exactly where I stood from a Spanish legal point of view, acted accordingly, and the problem was successfully dealt with. And probably the nicest touch of all, once once the matter was resolved having followed his advice, and with no further advantage to either himself or Advocate Abroad, he had the courtesy and kindness to ring me personally to see how I had gone on.

Thank you Oscar. Outstanding (not a word I use often) !!!

 "

Simon Birch, Spain, Barcelona (Jan 17, 2020)

Planning Application/Consultation

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Regardless of the size of your project - be it a simple extension or a multi-property urbanisations, you will need to obtain the requisite planning permission from the local authority. Our lawyers and architects have a wealth of experience in making such applications and are available to assist English-speakers from the beginning through to the successful conclusion of any size project.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Initial consultation to discuss plans and including expert advice on use of space, materials and compliance with planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Drawing-up formal plans
  • Making formal application for planning-permission where required

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Very flexible, great to deal with, made things simple and fully understood what we needed."

Peter Toms, Barcelona (Jul 18, 2019)

Property Purchase

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Buying property abroad is a very popular activity but can be fraught with dangers. Given that the purchase of a property is one of the most important investments that most people will make in their lifetime, it is crucial to be advised by an independent expert.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Review of the purchase contract.
  • Management of negotiations and counter-offers.
  • Verification that the seller is able to pass good title.
  • Registry search to ensure property free of any charges or other mortgages.
  • Ensure outstanding taxes on the property are up-to-date before transfer.
  • Make sure that all items included in the sale (fixtures and fittings etc.).
  • Attendance and assistance when signing the deeds of the property.
  • Management of negotiations and counter-offers
  • In depth information about schools, sports clubs, shops, cultural organisations, etc.
  • Payment of stamp duty.

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Our lawyer was 1st class and very professional and extremely caring"

Gary Moore, Gandia (Mar 12, 2019)

Property Survey Structural Report

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Anyone purchasing a property of any size is strongly advised to obtain a technical survey on the property. Often those buying property abroad are cash buyers and, as a result, are not required to obtain a survey of the property before purchase. Many don’t bother. We feel that this is a major error, since a survey could save you a huge amount of money in expensive repairs later on, and potentially allow you to renegotiate the property purchase.

Even if buying with a mortgage, any survey required by the bank will only include a valuation as well as any obvious and serious defects that would affect said valuation. Arranging a private survey provides much more information and will provide you with the information you need to be confident about the investment you are making in a foreign country. Quite simply one of the most important investments you can make regarding property!

2What does this service consist of?

  • Initial consultation to discuss different surveys available: condition report, building survey or structural survey
  • Visit to property and compilation of report
  • Delivery of report in your language
  • Follow-up discussion as required to answer any additional questions you may have

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Our advocate’s perfect bilingual status put us very much at ease in our negotiations with her and we were very happy at the outcome."

Peter Edwards, Palma De Mallorca (Jul 29, 2021)

Property Tax

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Maria was amazing she explained everything and kept us up to date she is a very professional lady and I will use her again and recommend her"

Paula Mcgaughey, Mazarron (Sep 14, 2021)

Refurbishment

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Current homeowners and those planning to invest in a second-hand property may wish to extend or upgrade the property. Indeed it is often the case that buyers acquire a property on the basis that they will be able to extend or refurbish the property to make it suitable for their purposes.

Property extensions will in most cases require planning approval and the assistance of a local architect to whom you can convey your plans and obtain expert advice on the viability of those plans.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Initial consultation to discuss plans and including expert advice on use of space, materials and compliance with planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Drawing-up formal plans
  • Making formal application for planning-permission where required
  • Management of project, engagement of builders and other tradesmen
  • Post-project Certification

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Alvaro took immediate action on our first visit, getting straight on the phone to Trafico in Malaga in order to register us to change our driving licences before the deadline date of 31st January.

He also accompanied us to Fuengirola National Police to apply for our Residencia Green Card on the 30th of January. The lady processing us was unsure of a particular point and was unsure about one small point. Alvaro solved this by insisting that she accompanied him to her Bosses office and immediately solved the problem. Had Alvaro not been with us and the fact that our Spanish is not very good there would have had our application rejected.

His proactive role cannot be faulted and in fact we have already recommended him to our Insurance broker who intends to use him.
Maurice and Jill Robinson."

Maurice Robinson, Fuengirola (Feb 03, 2020)

Register as Autonomo in Spain

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Self-Employed/Autonomo Set-Up & Tax Service in Spain

Your are focused on your business in Spain which is why you need your tax and accounting matters to be as straightforward, cost-effective and hassle-free as possible.

When you contract Advocate Abroad to register as autonomo in Spain, our English-speaking consultants will take care of all registration and day-to-day issues relating to Spanish tax, social security and accounting matters. Which leaves you with all the time you need to dedicate to your business.

2Our Experts

Our consultants are registered and regulated by the local Law Society and/or equivalent Accountancy body, and speak English fluently. Therefore, you can be sure that you will obtain timely answers to any queries you may have, in a language that you understand!

3Service Features

Our English-speaking consultants will answer your questions about how Spanish law affects your business and then make sure you comply with Spanish legal requirements relating to legally constituting a business. This will normally require at least some of the following services:

  • Registration with the AEAT (Spanish Tax Authority) and the Social Security System
  • Recommendation on the most appropriate fiscal arrangement to ensure taxation levels are optimised
  • Resolution of tax enquiries related to your professional activity
  • Completion and presentation of all required tax returns
  • Maintenance of all legally required records (income, expenses, invoicing,assets)
  • Updates on any legislative changes affecting your professional activity
     

4Fees

This service costs from €60 per calendar month

5Additional Services

The Self-Employed Set-Up and Tax Service is ideal for an individual sole trader who is planning to work alone. But, should you later add employees to your expanding business then you will want to add the Fully Managed HR & Payroll Service:

6Fully Managed HR & Payroll Service

This service includes the following components:

  • Initial Set-up according to client's requirements
  • Production of Employee Payslips (printed at client site)
  • Management & Payment of Employer & Employee Social Security Contributions
  • Registration and Removal of Employees from Social Security system
     

This service costs €25 per month for the first employee and €20 per additional employee.

All prices are ex-IVA (@ 21%).

 

760 Office Locations Across Spain

With 60 individual office locations throughout the Iberian peninsula and the islands, and 6 tax specialist centres we are able to offer a truly nationwide service to English-speakers wherever they are located in Spain.

8Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Very professional and prompt service!"

Paul Adams, Mallorca (Jun 25, 2019)

Residency Certificate

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

"Alvaro responded very quickly and professionally. I reached out to two companies to inquire about services and Alvaro had our paperwork finished and submitted before the other person returned my email.
I have done this myself in the past and I appreciated how easy and stress free it was this time using Alvaro to take care of matters.
Thank you!
Cindy Schwerdfager"

Cindy Schwerdfager, Mijas Malaga (May 11, 2020)

Self-employed Set-Up Service

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

This is the most inexpensive way to set up a business.

You will be self-employed and work within a simple structure implying little bureaucracy in which, basically, you are paid with the profits of your business. You will not be considered as an employee, and will have less social benefits than you would as a regular employee. You will be liable for any and all losses incurred by the business.

 

2Self-Employed Set-Up & Tax Service in Spain

Your are focused on your business in Spain which is why you need your tax and accounting matters to be as straightforward, cost-effective and hassle-free as possible.

Our English-speaking lawyers and accountants will take care of all registration and day-to-day issues relating to Spanish tax, social security and accounting matters. Which leaves you with all the time you need to dedicate to your business.

 

3Our Experts

Our consultants are registered and regulated by the local Law Society and/or equivalent Accountancy body, and speak English fluently. Therefore, you can be sure that you will obtain timely answers to any queries you may have, in a language that you understand!

 

4What does this Service Consist of?

Our English-speaking consultants will answer your questions about how Spanish law affects your business and then make sure you comply with Spanish legal requirements relating to legally constituting a business. This will normally require at least some of the following services:

  • Registration with the AEAT (Spanish Tax Authority) and the Social Security System
  • Help you to choose the right business name.
  • Business address (whether it will be only for correspondence or you will really make your business there).
  • Recommendation on the most appropriate fiscal arrangement to ensure taxation levels are optimised
  • Resolution of tax enquiries related to your professional activity
  • Completion and presentation of all required tax returns
  • Maintenance of all legally required records (income, expenses, invoicing,assets)
  • Updates on any legislative changes affecting your professional activity 

5Fees

This service costs from €60 per calendar month

6Additional Services

The Self-Employed Set-Up and Tax Service is ideal for an individual sole trader who is planning to work alone. But, should you later add employees to your expanding business then you will want to add the Fully Managed HR & Payroll Service:

7Fully Managed HR & Payroll Service

This service includes the following components:

  • Initial Set-up according to client's requirements
  • Production of Employee Payslips (printed at client site)
  • Management & Payment of Employer & Employee Social Security Contributions
  • Registration and Removal of Employees from Social Security system
     

This service costs €25 per month for the first employee and €20 per additional employee.

 
All prices are ex-IVA (@ 21%).

 

860 Office Locations Across Spain

With 60 individual office locations throughout the Iberian peninsula and the islands, and 6 tax specialist centres we are able to offer a truly nationwide service to English-speakers wherever they are located in Spain.

9Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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Marina Hall, Valencia City (Nov 15, 2021)

Tourist Rentals Tax

Available in the following locations: Girona.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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