Specialists Articles on Spanish Law

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How to become a Spanish national
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
If you are convinced that Spain is your home and you want to take the next step in showing you belong here, you might want to consider becoming a Spanish national. In this article María...
How to become a resident in Spain
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
If you wish to make Spain your home, how should you go about it? In this article Paloma Paris from our conveyancing department explains the process for members of the EU. You have made the...
Understanding embargoes in Spain
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Like many words, ‘embargo’ has different connotations in Spain to what it does in the UK. For most British people when you talk about an embargo you picture a prohibition from one country...
EU commission rules on floor clauses
Thursday, December 22, 2016
The EU Court of Justice has ruled that banks in Spain must return all the interest on mortgages that they have over-charged prior to 2013 as well as after. During the property boom, many Spanish...
Declaring your sources - Money laundering in Spain
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Post Panama, more people are probably aware of the issues around money laundering. In Spain, long gone are the days when few questions were asked about the source of your finance. We explain....
Spain's banks have their knuckles rapped
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
A judge has ruled that a clause included in 30% of mortgages in Spain is illegal. Ábaco’s legal department explain why and what this might mean for you. In the past, Spanish banks...
A mini guide to official translations in Spain
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Ever wondered what an official translation is? Can just anybody produce official translations? In David Ruiz’s mini guide he includes his advice for hiring an official translator. An...
First occupancy and habitation licences
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
They are both very important documents and yet many people haven’t even heard of them, let alone know what the difference is.  Not until they want to sell their property that is. Jessica...
Home improvements
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Some people like to buy their property brand new and ready to move into. Others prefer to buy a resale property in Spain and customise it to exactly how they want. There are advantages in both...
Energy performance certificate in Spain
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
A new law in 2013 established the requirement for an Energy Efficiency Certificate (EEC) or Certificado de Eficiencia Energética (CEE) to be made available to purchasers of Spanish property....