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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 Wiedemann...
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 decision...
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 on another...
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.   If...
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 have not always...
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 official...
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 Martinez...
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...

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Become a Spanish national
Sunday, June 26, 2016
As concern about what  Brexit will mean for those living in another European country rises, some people have wondered just what it would take for them to go one step further and become a Spanish...
Public security law
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
How far should we go when it comes to keeping the peace? There is a fine line between freedom of speech and racism, between the right to protest and lawlessness. At what point does a peaceful...
google taxes
Saturday, November 8, 2014
The word ‘google’ is part of our day-to-day vocabulary. In the Oxford dictionary paperback version it is defined as ‘search for information about someone or something on the Internet, especially with...
What is a vado in Spain?
Thursday, September 25, 2014
You’ll have seen the signs on the outside of walls - a circle with a line through it that seems to appear at every spot where you want to park. The ‘Vado’ sign is usually found outside garages,...
Cycle helmet laws in Spain
Thursday, June 12, 2014
When we first came to Spain, many years ago, it seemed to us that there was a kind of reckless disregard for ‘safety’ on the roads. Drinking and driving was not uncommon. Manoeuvres seemed to be made...
The new driving laws in Spain
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
It can be difficult to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing when it comes to driving in Spain. New laws are adding further to the confusion. Ley 6/2014 modificando la Ley sobre Tráfico,...
E-cigarette legislation in Spain
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Smoking in public continues to be a hot topic in most European countries. It seems governments are finding it difficult to work out how far to go/ not to go when it comes to the whole smoking issue....
Spain and alcohol - finding the right balance
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
If you see someone drunk and disorderly in Spain, it is likely they’re not Spanish. No doubt reading this there are many examples you can think of to the contrary. However, in my experience, problems...
Traffic fines in Spain
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
As in other countries, you can expect to be fined in Spain for a number of infractions of the traffic code. Speeding, parking where you shouldn’t, not having the right paper work in the car, all...
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