Spanish Will and Testament

We make the whole process of drafting a Will as easy as possible.

It is very important for property owners in Spain to make a Will and Testament, so their assets are distributed correctly in the event of a bereavement. Spanish succession laws are very different to other European countries, it is essential to write a Spanish Will to comply with all rules and regulations.

  • Drawn-up in Spanish and English
  • Easy and Stress-Free Process
  • Only affects your Spanish Assets

Expert Advice

Our team of experts will provide you with all of the information required to make a legal Spanish Will and Testament.

Spanish and English

Our team of multi-lingual professionals will ensure that your Spanish Will and Testament is drafted in both Spanish and English.

Complete Support

From drafting and reviewing your Will, to booking your appointment, and accompanying you to the Notary for signing.

Taxes

We will calculate the inheritance taxes and ensure that your inheritors pay the appropriate amount of inheritance tax.

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5 Benefits of making a Spanish Will

  1. Only affects your Spanish assets – A Spanish Will does not have authority over the Will you made in your home country. It only affects property or assets that you have in Spain. 
  2. Reduce your beneficiary’s inheritance tax bill – Spanish inheritance taxes must be paid within 6 months of the testators demise and late payments incur high penalties. Having a Spanish Will streamlines the succession process as they will not need as many documents, making the process a lot faster. This allows your beneficiaries pay their inheritance taxes on time to avoid fines.
  3. Save money and time for your heirs  – If you have a Will from your home country, it will need to follow a Grant Probate. This document is very expensive, usually around £1,200 in the UK. They will also have to translate all legal documents by a sworn translator into Spanish, have them notarised and each document must have an Apostille seal of the Hague Convention. These are all extra expenses for your beneficiaries, which also take time – increasing the chance of having to pay late fees for inheritance taxes.
  4. Follow the law in your home country  – When making a Spanish Will, you are not bound by Spain’s strict succession laws. It is possible to follow the laws from your home country, a very important benefit as many people want to fully determine how their estate is divided.
  5. Spanish Will in English  – With our Will writing service, your Will is drafted in English and Spanish. We know it is vital for you to fully understand every detail when making this important document, having it in your own language is essential. 

Inheritance Laws in Spain

Spanish inheritance laws are different to other European countries. We can ensure that your Will meets your needs and requirements – with as little stress as possible. 

Our team of professionals will ensure your beneficiaries do not incur high expenses due to penalties from the Spanish Tax office for late payment of inheritance tax. Access to funds deposited in bank accounts are frozen until inheritance taxes are settled with the Spanish tax authorities, our team ensures that inheritance taxes are paid in time so as to avoid this. 

Signed Will and Testament

Once the Will and Testament has been signed, the details are sent by the Notary who witnessed it to the Central Registry of Last Wills in Madrid for safekeeping. Your beneficiaries will therefore always have access to a copy.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend that our clients make a Spanish Will if they own a property in Spain. It makes things a lot easier as Spain has very different succession laws to the UK and rest of Europe.

Yes, it is possible for you to leave your beneficiaries a Spanish property in the Will you made in your home country. However, this can increase the amount of inheritance tax that your beneficiaries will be liable to pay.

Yes. For residents, Spanish inheritance laws are construed to protect the heirs in the deceased’s family. Therefore, restrictions are placed on the testators freedom to dispose of his estate. Residents in Spain are also subject to the same taxes on their worldwide assets. We recommend making a Spanish Will as you will be able to have more control over these taxes.

For non-residents, their national law is applicable when making a Will. Non-residents are still subject to pay Spanish inheritance taxes, which can be very high when left by non-residents to non-relatives.

The amount of inheritance tax that your beneficiaries are liable to pay is dependent on the value of their share. The current fiscal value of a property is deducted by any charges against it, to then show the net value of the property. To cover contents and such, 3% is then added to this figure.

Spain does offer tax allowances for spouses, parents, children and other close family members.

The original document is then sent to the registry of wills in Madrid for safekeeping. This way your beneficiaries will always have a copy.

Yes, we can offer advice on how individuals can reduce the amount of inheritance tax their beneficiaries will have to pay. Inheritance tax can be very high in Spain, so it is important to seek advice from a professional when making a Spanish Will.

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