- Experts In Estates With Assets In Spain, The UK & Offshore
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- Inheritance & Probate For Spanish and English Estates
Inheritance is a particularly complex area of law if the estate includes assets outside your country of residence. Therefore De Cotta Law is ideally suited to be your legal partner with regards to the estates of foreign nationals in Spain and the Canary Islands.
Our experienced, multi-lingual Probate department handles inheritance of Spanish, UK and European estates, offering strategic advice to other law firms in Europe and further afield on obligatory heirs, succession to Spanish estates and Private International Law, including conflict of laws or jurisdiction.
On your behalf, we can value Spanish estates for UK probate purposes; English solicitors at De Cotta Law can apply for “Grants of Probate” or “Letters of Administration” for Spanish estates. We can also provide Certificates of English law on inheritance matters for English and Welsh nationals and work with lawyers and notaries in Europe to assist Dutch, Belgian and French nationals.
Our Estate Planning department are experts in dealing with estates that have assets in Spain, the UK and offshore. We are able to draft Spanish Wills on your behalf, taking into account where assets are held and the specific succession arrangements that are necessary. For the additional convenience of your clients that do not live all year round in Spain, we can easily arrange for them to sign their new Spanish Will in the UK.
Specialist inheritance tax advice is available that embraces all European countries and we can work with your accountants or financial advisers to find a solution for you.
Inheritance tax reductions for Andalucía The Junta de Andalucía is set to increase the tax free sum before inheritance tax is payable on estates within the region of Andalucía. At present the amount a spouse or direct descendant can receive … Continued
This affects the inheritance law which applies to the estates of people who die after 17th August 2015. Most people by now are aware that there will be a change but there is a lot of confusion in respect of … Continued
How Modelo 720 affects inheritance tax This is a change in working practice and enforcement of existing law rather than a change in the law. Since December 2012, there has been a requirement on Spanish tax residents to declare all … Continued
Free disposition of assets has a long tradition in England & Wales and you will have heard stories of wealthy individuals leaving all their assets to friends or even the local dog’s home. In one recent case a Judge had … Continued
In September 2014, the European court has decided that Spain has been discriminating against non residents by charging inheritance tax where a resident would be exempt from tax. The decision in Commission v Spain Case C-127/12 states that this discrimination … Continued
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO ENGLISH INTESTACY LAWS The law of England and Wales on intestacy, dying without a will, has been changed. The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act of 2014 has substantially changed the law. Previously where a husband, wife or … Continued
As a law firm serving the international community in Spain, we are often approached by ‘heir-hunters’ or companies who specialise in tracing lost relatives. Over the last 30 or more years of immigration, residence and property purchase by British nationals … Continued
Valid wills The Spanish notarial system provides more security for those who make a valid will. This is because there is a Central Wills Registry where each notarial will is registered by the notary. The original will is always kept … Continued
Q & A with Jon Sutton, Partner with De Cotta Law 1) Is it necessary for clients who own property in Spain to have a separate Spanish Will? Strictly speaking, it is possible to have one English form will to … Continued
Most ex-patriots from the UK will be acquainted with the fact that if you are domiciled back home, any assets bequeathed to a wife or husband are free of UK inheritance tax under the spouse exemption rule. However, many people … Continued