Spanish Will or an English Will?


Spanish Wills vs English Wills.- A useful video on the different options that a person owning property in Spain has in terms of Wills.

Do you own property in Spain? If you do, it is always convenient to have a Will in place to ensure that the property goes to the relatives or persons you would like them to inherit it. As you will see in this article, there are several options which include granting a Will in your home country or a specific Will in Spain. There advantages and disadvantages in each option and here Antonio Guillen, dual qualified Spanish lawyer and English Solicitor as well as former Honorary Consul for Spain in Manchester, will mention some of them.

For instance, did you know that the administration of a Spanish estate when there is a Spanish Will in place takes an average of 3 months? On the other hand, when there is no Spanish Will the administration process can take as much as 12 months. It´s a big difference as you can see!

As usual, this video cannot replace the complete full advice that you would get if you meet or consult with a Spanish lawyer but it will serve as good guidance to understand a little bit better the different options available.


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How to get a Spanish NIE- Part I

Antonio Guillen- NIE

Antonio Guillen – Spanish Lawyer & Solicitor answers one of the most frequently asked questions we have: How to get a NIE number

In this video Antonio Guillen talks about the “famous” NIE numbers that everyone doing business or investing in Spain has heard about.

There are three different options to obtain a Spanish NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero in Spanish):

  • First one, going to one of the Spanish Consulates in the UK. You will have to wait weeks or even months because of the long waiting list and the high volume of work the Spanish Consulates have.
  • Second option, going to one of the Police Station in Spain. However, you must travel to Spain and might come back two weeks later to get the NIE number.
  • Third option, granting Power of Attorney to a Spanish Lawyer or a relative/friend. In this option, your attorney will be able to get your NIE number on your behalf. We will talk about this possibility in a future post.

As we mentioned, the NIE number will be needed for any paramount transaction in Spain, for instance buying or selling property, inheriting a property from a relative or buying a car.

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As always, this is only for guidance purposes, but it cannot replace the advice received on a specific consultation where the lawyer instructed can analyse all the elements of the transaction. If you have any questions do not hesitate to