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I had the pleasure of working with Lawyer Álvaro in Fuengirola, Spain, and I must say that my experience was exceptional. Álvaro proved to be not only highly knowledgeable and professional but also incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. One of the things that impressed me the most was Álvaro's accessibility. He was always reachable and promptly responded to my calls and emails, which made me feel valued as a client. Furthermore, his communication skills were excellent, as he was able to explain complex legal matters in a clear and understandable manner. Dealing with legal issues can often be stressful, but Álvaro's approach made the whole process much easier. He was patient, understanding, and empathetic, which helped alleviate any concerns or doubts I had. Moreover, Álvaro's expertise and attention to detail were evident in every aspect of his work. He provided me with comprehensive advice and guidance, ensuring that I understood all the options available to me. His dedication to my case and his commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were truly commendable. Overall, I would highly recommend Lawyer Álvaro to anyone in need of legal assistance in Fuengirola, Spain. His professionalism, accessibility, and easy-going nature make him an excellent choice for anyone seeking a reliable and trustworthy lawyer.
Nial Hutton, Fuengirola
Nial Hutton
16 Jan 2024
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Criminal Law

Should anyone find themselves being detained by Spanish police, there is frankly no substitute to having an English-speaking criminal lawyer in Spain assist and represent you.

Being arrested in any country is a stressful experience, however in a foreign country where you may not understand what is being said to you, it is more difficult still.

An experienced English-speaking criminal lawyer in Spain will help anyone who has been arrested overcome language barriers and ensure clear communication during legal proceedings. They can explain the Spanish legal process, keeping you and your family informed throughout. 

An English-speaking lawyer can also better understand your situation, providing tailored advice and potentially negotiating with prosecutors to reduce penalties. 

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Can I go back to Spain after being arrested?

Minor CrimesWhen a person is arrested in Spain for the commission of a minor crime, they do not need a lawyer. In these cases, being assisted by a lawyer is not mandatory, it is optional, although it is always recommended when a foreigner is involved. Therefore, you do not have the right to a public defender (unless you expressl... Read More

Penalties for Assault in Spain

If you have been arrested in Spain for carrying out an assault on another person, it can be very useful to understand how the Criminal Justice system in Spain works in general, and the penalties for assault in particular. Let's start at the beginning.What is assault in Spanish law?Under the Spanish Penal Code, the offence of ass... Read More

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Driving under the influence of alcohol – or drugs - has serious consequences, and it could also constitute a criminal offence in certain cases. Under Spanish drink-driving laws, criminal proceedings may follow in two cases, according to the Spanish Criminal law:In all cases when the breathalyser test rate exceeds 0.60 milligra... Read More

Extradition in Spain - Defence Strategies

 An individual may be arrested in Spain, not because of any local problems with the Spanish police, but as a result of requests from other countries that wish to initiate extradition proceedings.It is for example quite common for British nationals who have left the UK because of problems with the law to be arrested in Spain at... Read More

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Architectural Services
Change of Property Use
Change of Property Use
Who Is This Service For?

Enterprising property investors seek to purchase property that is currently used for another purpose – typically as an office or industrial unit – and then change its use to that of residential.

Such changes of use are possible though they are heavily regulated and you will need the assistance of a local architect to navigate the applicable planning laws before making an investment of this type. Investment without seeking such guidance would be extremely dangerous and could easily see an investor lose a great deal of money.

Upon a successful application, the architect may be instructed to draw-up plans for any required modifications and the appointment of local builders and tradesmen to complete the work.

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Technical advice prior to any change of use application
  • Review of local planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Analysis and professional opinion
  • Formal application undertaken on behalf of client
  • Planning department’s decision obtained and explained
Energy Certificate
Energy Certificate
Who Is This Service For?

Anyone who wishes to sell or rent out a property in Spain must have a valid Energy Certificate. 

This certificate contains information about the orientation, structure, energy and lighting systems of the property and to what extent it conforms to current energy ratings, with an energy classification of A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) 

The Certificate has a validity of 10 years, though if any material changes are made to a property, the Certificate should be updated. This might include changing the windows or the heating system. 

Failure to possess a valid certificate when selling or renting a property will incur a fine of between 300€ - 600€.

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Initial contact with a technical architect to arrange an appointment for a technical visit to the property
  • The technical architect will visit the property and then feed the details of the visit into a state technical database
  • The Certificate is issued with an overall Energy rating and recommendations for improvements

 

 

New Build Projects
New Build Projects
Who 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

What 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
Planning Application/Consultation
Planning Application/Consultation
Who 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 in Spain. 

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.

What 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
Property Survey Structural Report
Property Survey Structural Report
Who 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!

What 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
Refurbishments & Extensions
Refurbishments & Extensions
Who 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.

What 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
Regularisation of Property
Regularisation of Property
Who Is This Service For?

Often a property is acquired only to discover that one or a number of elements of the property are legally 'deficient'. Typical examples might be an extension to the property added by a previous owner a or swimming-pool for which appropriate planning permission was never sought.

Normally any such irregularities would be discovered upon legal due-diligence by a conveyancing solicitor. Other types of deficiency range from procedural to technical and may be simple to rectify or rather more complex, depending on the specific problem at hand. 

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Initial consultation with an experienced English-speaking architect to determine the gravity of the problem and the best solution
  • Depending on the recommended solution, the architect will make submissions on your behalf to the relevant local authority board or tribunal or may engage a solicitor if required
  • Representation throught the regularisation process, with the new title registered with the appropriate registry
Currency Exchange
Currency Exchange
Currency Exchange
Benefits of this Service

Every year we help thousands of individuals save money on their foreign currency payments for property purchase, emigration, overseas mortgage repayments, etc.

If you make or receive payments in a foreign currency, we could save you a great deal of money and make your currency transfers simple.

We guarantee much better exchange rates than the ‘tourist rates’ you would normally get from your bank and can save you up to 6% on currency transfers typically saving you £5,000 on a £100,000 transfer.

A is for Account:

Open a free account with us - Your account can be opened the very same day and you will be assigned a dedicated account manager.

B is for Better Rates:

Your account manager will keep you informed on currency market movements and get the best exchange rate for you at the time. Once agreed, this rate is then guaranteed for you.

C is for Currency Transfer:

Once you have paid for your currency we will immediately transfer the money to the bank account specified by you, anywhere in the world.

 

Benefits at a Glance

  • Highly competitive exchange rates
  • Quick and easy same-day transfers
  • Free tailored service with our currency experts
  • Dedicated Relationship manager
  • Safe & Secure transfers
  • Authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority
Financial Advisors
Offshore Pension advice (QROPS)
Offshore Pension advice (QROPS)
Who Is This Service For?

If you are an expatriate and you have a pension pot which is worth over £70,000 you may be able to release it from the restrictive UK system and it’s ever changing rules entirely. If your pension value is between £30,000 and £70,000 we now have exclusive access to cost effective products that could mean a transfer is beneficial. 

Benefits include: Leave ALL unused pension funds to your beneficiaries free of UK IHT (Inheritance Tax); Much greater investment freedom; Tax free lump sum of up to 30%; Take income from your pension in a much more tax efficient way.

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Initial discussion to discuss existing pensions
  • Request of information from existing pension providers
  • Free Report and recommendation sent via email including a brochure for the QROPS provider
  • Follow up discussion to explain the detail and answer any initial questions
  • Apply for the QROPS and complete necessary paperwork and ID requirements
  • Ongoing support and wealth management
Retirement planning
Retirement planning
Who Is This Service For?

Imagine that you are retiring tomorrow? How much money would you like to or need to write yourself a cheque for
to ensure that you will have enough in the bank to last you, your spouse and possibly even your family for one year in retirement?

One of the most fundamental issues for you to think about when deciding on your financial planning options is to make sure that you are preparing for your retirement sufficiently and appropriately. Many expatriates do not get ahead in the retirement race by saving hard as they are scared of this approach encroaching on their standard of living today. However, with careful planning it is easy to get ahead without hindering your current lifestyle.

What does this service consist of?

  • Initial discussion to determine your retirement goals and current circumstances
  • Free Report and recommendation sent via email
  • This will include a step by step guide as to the best course of action
  • Follow up discussion to explain the detail and answer any initial questions
  • Ongoing support and wealth management
Savings & Investment Advice
Savings & Investment Advice
Who Is This Service For?

We know it is very easy to fall in to the ‘live for today’ mindset and not plan for the future when you’re living overseas. 

Thus, we have devised this simple, step by step report to show you how to take your financial future seriously, and avoid being one of those expatriates who returns home with nothing more than a mass of photos and memories - and perhaps even debt!

What does this service consist of?

  • Initial discussion to determine your investment goals and current circumstances
  • Free Report and recommendation sent via email including a brochure for the recommended provider
  • Follow up discussion to explain the detail and answer any initial questions
  • Apply for the investment and complete necessary paperwork and ID requirements
  • Ongoing support and wealth management
Succession Planning
Succession Planning
Who Is This Service For?

Even if you have an existing financial advisor, it is unlikely they will be able to introduce you to the tax-saving opportunities available in your new country of residence.

Furthermore, a local advisor in your new country will more likely understand your unique expatriate status, how that relates to any tax saving potential in the nation in which you are residing, and how you need to structure your affairs appropriately in case you should ever want to repatriate or relocate elsewhere. 

Planned correctly, a move to another country can have some very special future tax advantages.

What does this service consist of?

  • Initial discussion to determine your tax liability and current circumstances
  • Free Report and recommendation sent via email, including advice on how to minimise succession taxes
  • Follow-up discussion to explain the detail and answer any initial questions
  • Ongoing support and wealth management
Insurance Services
Dental Insurance
Dental Insurance
What Does This Service Consist Of?

Introducing Our Dental Insurance Policy: Smile with Confidence

Kids Go Free: Children under 14 are covered at no cost when an adult is insured.

Unique Coverage in the Market: In the event of an accident resulting in the loss or fracture of more than 3 dental pieces, we provide up to 6,000 euros for you to choose the dentist of your preference, both within and outside our dental network.

Extensive Network: Access care through our network of 1,469 contracted dental clinics and 2,713 professionals.

Comprehensive Care: Enjoy over 57 free dental procedures and treatments to safeguard your smile, including dental cleanings, X-rays, extractions, and more.

Exclusive Discounts: Receive up to a 40% discount on all other treatments compared to market prices.

Specialized Medical Expertise: Benefit from the widest range of specialized medical consultations available in the market.

24/7 Second Medical Opinion: Gain peace of mind with access to a second medical opinion within 24 hours for serious illnesses.

Access to DKV Club Salud y Bienestar: Unlock exclusive discounts and benefits through our health and wellness club.

Choose our dental insurance policy for comprehensive coverage, exceptional benefits, and the assurance of a healthy, radiant smile for you and your family.

Health Insurance
Health Insurance
Who Is This Service For?

We understand the unique needs of expats living in Spain. That's why we offer more than just insurance – we provide tailored health coverage designed to give you peace of mind and clarity, no matter where life takes you.

Personalized Assistance: Request a quote today and our dedicated team will guide you through all the details, ensuring you have a clear understanding of your coverage, including any exemptions, limits, or optional deductibles.

Expat-Friendly Services: Our policies are crafted with the international resident in mind, offering English-speaking support teams, documentation, and consultants to ensure you feel confident and informed, even in a foreign country.

Flexible Options: Whether you're starting a new chapter in Spain or already established here, our health insurance plans are adaptable to your needs, providing comprehensive coverage for individuals of all ages, including expats over 75.

Extensive Network: Gain access to a vast network of over 51,000 medical professionals and 1,000 centers, renowned for their expertise and commitment to excellence in healthcare.

Comprehensive Care: From routine check-ups and primary care services to specialized treatments such as radiology, chemotherapy, and physiotherapy, our policy covers a wide range of medical needs to keep you healthy and thriving.

Hospital Support: Enjoy peace of mind knowing that our policy includes comprehensive hospital services, including surgical interventions, ICU stays, childbirth assistance, and comfortable accommodations for you and your loved ones.

Medical Hotlines: Access round-the-clock medical support with our specialized telephone lines, including 24-hour doctor consultations and expert guidance on women's health, pregnancy, and psychological well-being.

Global Assistance: Travel confidently with our worldwide emergency assistance services, providing generous coverage limits and support wherever your adventures may take you.

Dental Benefits: Take care of your oral health with coverage for dental consultations, cleanings, and diagnosis, plus discounts on additional services to keep your smile shining bright.

Lifelong Security: Rest assured with our lifelong policy guarantee following the third renewal, offering continuity and stability in your healthcare coverage as you navigate life in Spain.

Please note that certain services may have minimum waiting periods before they become available, ensuring fairness and sustainability for all policyholders.

Choose our health insurance policy tailored for expats in Spain and embark on your journey with confidence, knowing your health and well-being are in trusted hands.

Home insurance
Home insurance
Benefits to Clients

Introducing DKV EcoHome, the first eco-friendly home insurance. Not only does it safeguard and nurture your home, but it also alerts you to weather phenomena predicted by the State Meteorological Agency. Receive an SMS notification 24 hours prior to the event if your home's postal code may be affected.

Our Range of Home Insurance Options include the following:

  1. Fire Coverage: Ideal for meeting basic legal requirements for mortgage purposes.
  2. Basic Plan: Protects against essential risks at a competitive price.
  3. Comprehensive Coverage: A wide array of protections for your home.
  4. Plus Plan: State-of-the-art insurance offering extensive guarantees and coverage limits.

Our policies cover the insured and their family against risks to their home and its contents, as well as damages to third parties. Enjoy up to a 10% no-claims bonus and coverage for the civil liability of adult children living in the insured property.

Whether it's a traditional residence or a luxurious villa, we've got you covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance
What Does This Service Consist Of?

Experience peace of mind with our life insurance policy, ensuring that in the event of your passing from any cause, your family will continue to have income to sustain their quality of life and will receive support every step of the way.

With DKV Vida insurance, you have the flexibility to choose your payment frequency - whether monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually - and the predetermined compensation in the event of a terminal illness.

In the unfortunate event of your passing, beneficiaries can request an advance of funds for funeral expenses and settlement of inheritance and gift tax.

We provide psychological assistance services for you in case of disability or serious illness and for your family members in case of your passing.

But that's not all. Our policy includes additional differentiating coverages at no extra cost:

  • Legal advice and telephonic legal assistance for everyday life inquiries.
  • Online will service with guidance from a lawyer and coverage of notary fees.
  • Medical advice through specialized helplines on topics such as pregnancy, pediatrics, women's health, nutrition, and more.
  • Second medical opinion for serious illnesses.
  • Access to DKV Club Salud y Bienestar, offering discounted medical and health services exclusively for our clients.

Choose our life insurance policy for comprehensive protection and support for you and your loved ones.

Repatriation Insurance
Repatriation Insurance
What Does This Service Consist Of?

Are you an expatriate residing in Spain, seeking comprehensive protection and peace of mind? Look no further! Our premier insurance service offers a seamless solution for foreign residents, ensuring a hassle-free journey back to your homeland in times of need.

Imagine having all the necessary procedures and expenses for repatriation meticulously taken care of, including arrangements for your companion, all at no additional cost to you. That's right - we've got you covered!

Furthermore, we understand the importance of family, which is why children under 4 years old travel absolutely free with our service.

And that's just the beginning. With our innovative online will service, you can conveniently plan and update your will annually, ensuring your affairs are always in order.

Concerned about your digital footprint? Worry not! Our exclusive digital erasure feature ensures a seamless disappearance of your online presence, protecting your privacy and legacy.

Travel with confidence knowing that in case of a medical emergency, we've got your back with coverage of up to 18,000 euros in medical expenses. Plus, we extend your travel stay to a generous 90 days, giving you the flexibility to explore and enjoy your time abroad.

Accidents happen, even overseas. That's why we offer emergency dental expense coverage of up to 500 euros, providing you with essential care wherever you are.

But our service goes beyond the practicalities. We offer expert legal advice for your daily life, along with compassionate psychological support during challenging times like mourning and palliative care.

And when it comes to saying goodbye, trust us to handle every detail. Our comprehensive funeral planning service is unique in our sector and ensures your loved ones are supported in making decisions that reflect your values, providing them with peace of mind during a difficult time.

With our service, you're never alone. Our dedicated professionals provide personalized accompaniment, guiding your family every step of the way.

And for that extra peace of mind, upgrade to Serviplus and enjoy dental coverage with up to 47 free treatments, along with additional services at unbeatable prices. As a special bonus, all policyholders receive a complimentary yearly dental cleaning.

Don't leave your future to chance. Choose our insurance service for repatriation and embark on your journey with confidence and security.

Make a Will
Create Will & Testament
Create Will & Testament
Who Can Benefit from this Service?

Making a Last Will and Testament in Spain is essential for English-speaking expats residing in - or simply owning - assets in Spain. 

Whether you are a long-term resident, a property owner, or planning to settle in Spain, making Spanish Wills is crucial to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, adhering to the unique aspects of Spanish inheritance laws.

Prerequisites
  • To make a Will in Spain, it is necessary to be of legal age and sound mind. 
  • It is useful to understand the implications of the 'forced heirship' system in Spanish law and the ability to select the applicable national law for your estate. 
  • Additionally, owning assets or property in Spain or planning to be a resident at the time of your death qualifies you for this service.
Procedure: Our Approach

Initial Consultation:

  • Understanding your personal circumstances and estate planning objectives.
  • Discussing the specifics of Spanish inheritance law and its impact on your estate.

Legal Guidance:

  • Exploring the 'forced heirship' system in Spanish law.
  • Advising on the selection of the applicable national law for your estate.

Document Drafting:

  • Drafting a Will that accurately reflects your wishes and complies with Spanish legal requirements.
  • Ensuring clarity and precision in the language used.

Notarization and Legal Formalities:

  • Arrange appointment with the Notary
  • Attendance at the Will signing, act as translator
  • Guidance on registering the Will with the Spanish Wills Registry.
Advantages of this Service

Choosing our service for drafting your Last Will and Testament in Spain offers numerous advantages:

  • Peace of Mind: Ensuring that your estate is managed according to your wishes.
  • Expertise in Spanish Law: Navigating the complexities of Spanish inheritance law tailored for English-speaking expats.
  • Simplified Process: Making the process clear and straightforward, reducing potential legal hurdles.
  • Tax Efficiency: Advising on estate planning strategies to minimize inheritance tax liabilities.
  • Supportive Guidance: Offering continuous support throughout the process, from drafting to registration.
Key Elements of this Service
  • Tailored advice on Spanish inheritance laws and the implications for expats
  • Assistance in selecting the applicable national law for your estate
  • Drafting and notarising a legally compliant Spanish Will
  • Guidance on estate planning to mitigate inheritance tax liabilities
  • Support in registering your Will with the Spanish Wills Registry
Mortgage Services
Commercial Mortgages
Commercial Mortgages
Commercial Mortgages

If you are buying a property that banks will class as a commercial premises (offices, shops, hotels, B&Bs etc.), we can offer mortgages to suit your purposes. The mortgages available are generally 50-60% of the purchase price (or valuation if lower) and conditions differ from those for residential properties.

Some banks will allow you to purchase through a newly formed Spanish limited company (Sociedad Limitada or “SL” company). 

If the company is set up as a shell company for the sole purpose of buying the property, meaning it will not actively trade after the purchase, it can be possible to secure mortgage terms that would apply for a residential mortgage.

Construction Mortgages
Construction Mortgages
Construction Mortgages
 
For this type of mortgage, the best products are where the banks will offer a loan against the plot of land (up to 50% of the cost, or value of lower) and also for the construction works (up to 70% of the cost, or value of the project, if lower).
 
We have arranged many construction mortgages over the years and can offer expert guidance on the process. If you are interested in this type of mortgage, we would advise that you contact us as soon as possible, as the approval process can be lengthy.
Holiday Home Mortgages
Holiday Home Mortgages
Holiday Home Mortgages

Holiday home mortgages are generally for non-resident property buyers who do not live in Spain. The maximum borrowing amount is up to 70% of the property purchase price (or valuation if lower). Lenders offer fixed, variable and, in some cases, mixed rates.

For variable rate mortgages, the rates are based on the annual Euribor reference rate with a percentage margin added to this, for example, annual Euribor + 2%. 

We will help you negotiate the very best mortgage conditions available in the market at any given time.

 

Investment Mortgages
Investment Mortgages
Investment Mortgages

Investment mortgages are for those property buyers planning to rent out their property after purchase, or where the buyer already has at least one existing mortgage in Spain.
We have provided alternative finance solutions for property buyers who may have a sophisticated investment portfolio. We can help put together back-to-back loan arrangements secured against listed investments. This can be where the lender takes over as custodian, or where a guarantee is provided by the existing custodian of the assets.

Primary Residence Mortgage
Primary Residence Mortgage
Primary Residence Mortgages

Primary residence mortgages are for those where the property in Spain will be their main residence and they already pay their income tax here, or in exceptional cases are about to start paying taxes here. 

For this type of mortgage, it is possible to secure mortgages up to 80% of the property purchase price.

Your English-speaking mortgage broker will help you to overcome the administrative difficulties often encountered when obtaining a mortgage in a country different to the one where your earnings originate.

NIE Express
NIE Express
NIE Express
Who Is This Service For?
  • For anyone who needs to arrange an NIE (Foreigner Identity Number) in Spain fast!! 
  • Whether for purchasing property, inheriting assets, establishing a business, or paying taxes, the process can often be time-sensitive and require minimal hassle.
  • However, this is where the challenges arise. The NIE application process is overseen by the Spanish National Police or diplomatic services, and as a result, it is typically a slow procedure that can take weeks or even months to complete. 
  • This delay can prove costly for individuals who urgently need to address business or personal matters.
Requirements

Requirements and Conditions:
To apply for a Spanish NIE number, certain requirements and conditions must be met, including:

  1. Not being in an irregular situation in Spain.
  2. Clearly stating the reasons for requesting the assignment of the NIE.
Procedure

The NIE can be obtained in person at the request of the interested party. 

The application can be made directly through the General Directorate of the Police, or it can be submitted through the Foreigner's Offices or Police Stations. 

If the foreigner is not in Spanish territory at the time of the request, the NIE can be requested through the General Directorate of Immigration and Borders, via the Spanish Consular Offices abroad.

Required Documents:
 

When applying for an NIE, the following documents are typically required:

  1. Completed NIE application form (Form EX15), including personal information.
  2. Identification document from the foreigner's country of origin or passport (original and copy of all pages).
  3. Passport-sized photograph.
  4. Document certifying the reason for requesting the NIE.
  5. For EU residents, proof of residency in Spain is necessary, while non-EU foreigners need to provide proof of entry into Spain.
Benefits
  • Fast NIE Service: - obtain an NIE number in days rather than weeks
  • No need to queue at the local Foreigner's office - all is managed with the simple signing of a Power of Attorney which can be completed in less than 5 minutes at a local notary office
    For those seeking to obtain an NIE quickly, there is a service available that can expedite the process. This service typically includes the following steps:
What Does This Service Consist Of?
  1. The service starts with an initial phone call or office consultation to explain how the service works
  2. Dual language power of attorney provided to you for local notarisation and legalisation wherever you are located and then can be sent directly to our lawyers
  3. Once we receive the paperwork from you, together with payment for the service, your NIE number(s) will be ready within a few days!
Translation Services
Translation Services
Translation Services
Why Translation?

Documents that originate from outside of Spain will need to be translated into Spanish for many different legal and administrative processes before they can be used by local authorities here.

For formal processes, you will need a Sworn or Official Translator in Spain to translate and affix their stamp to the document. An Official Translator is approved by the Spanish Ministry of Justice as having the skill to carry-out this process for any legal proceedings as well as any other process that requires a Sworn Translator.

Examples of documents you are likely to need to get translated include, but are not limited to:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Financial Accounts
  • Academic Qualifications
  • Deed Poll Name Change
  • Company documents (e.g. Articles of Association)
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
Processes That May Require Translation Of Documents

The list is in fact potentially endless and will depend on the particular process that you need to complete in Spain. Below you will find a list of processes and the documents you may need to have translated into Spanish.

Inheritance

For inheritance proceedings it can often be necessary to arrange for translation of an official death certificate if death occurred outside of Spain, unless an International Death Certificate has been issued. Also, if only a non-Spanish Will is in existence, this may well need to be translated also.

Divorce Proceedings

If a couple were married in the UK or other non-Spanish speaking jurisdiction, and they have children born there, it will be necessary to have the marriage certificate as well as the birth certificates of any children born outside Spain translated. Furthermore, any other documentation relating to assets abroad may need to be translated.

Property Purchase

If a mortgage is required in Spain, it may well be necessary to justify your income, and should you be self-employed/business owner, then it may be necessary to have previous year's financial accounts translated to Spanish so that the bank may approve an application.

Immigration

Health insurance covering the duration of your stay in Spain is necessary. The terms and conditions of such insurance are may need to be translated. Also, any economic means (pensions or any other income) by which you might prove that you can afford to stay in the country, will need to be translated.

Enforcement Of A Foreign Court Order Or Judgment

Depending on the nature of the Court Order or Judgment that you have obtained in a foreign country, in order to have it enforced in Spain you may be required to follow the legal proceedings of 'Exequatur' which will require you to produce a translation of the original Court decision, carried-out by a Sworn or Official translator.

Languages We Deal With

Our team of official translators are able to deal with many languages, though most popular would be English, German, French, Dutch and Russian.

Next-day Service

Translations of documents will be returned the next working day, as long as the documents are sent before 2pm.