Specialises in Property, International Estate Planning & Inheritances and Company/Commercial.
Recognised expert in Europe for the timeshare, fractional and shared ownership
Regular speaker at A Place in the Sun
Co-author of You and The Law in Spain
Member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain
My Lawyer in Spain’s conveyancing team is here to help you with legal advice that explains the conveyancing process in Spain.
A step-by-step guide for property buyers, from your initial enquiry, we guide you through the process.
There are some additional costs to the purchase price so allow approximately 10-15% in additional costs.
Taxes: For new build property there is VAT of 10% also stamp duty of up to 2% and for used properties (re-sales) there is a transfer tax of 8-10% depending on the region you buy, there is no stamp duty on a used property purchase.
In Spain, the sale must be taken through a notary, this process is to exchange the purchase contract. The buyer is responsible for the notary fees. The fees vary depending on the purchase price.
The new owner must register the property with the land registry, this usually costs around 0.5% of the purchase price. Utility Connection Fees: To connect a property to the utility of water, electric,ity or gas there are fees to pay or if it is a simple reconnection there are also fees. When the services remain in operation there are fees for changing the subscription. Financing the purchase: There are some specialised banks and lenders that will help you with a mortgage or loan for buying overseas property. You may even get advice from your own high street bank.
Naturally depending on size and how much you will use the property will depend on the running costs of a Spanish home. Most properties are subject to a community charge, waste disposal, home insurance, and IBI (property tax) which is annual
We have retained Alex and his team for many years now - dealing with our Spanish tax, property queries, compliance and... general advice. All the guidance we have been afforded has been clear, concise and robust. We have felt all along that our best interests were at all times being considered and the outcomes the best for the client. Would not hesitate to recommend (already have done multiple times). Its a pleasure dealing with them and they are our eyes and ears in Spain when we are back in the UK!read more
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The team at My Lawyer in Spain helped me with the purchase of an investment property that was far from straight... forward. My Abogada, Patricia, was diligent and responsive, keeping me updated on progress and offering sound advice. I will use them again for future legal needs in Spain.read more
My company De Rossi Griffiths refers our Spanish Wills, conveyancing work and Spanish Estates work to MLS and we have a... top service for our Clients. Great team and we continue to refer to them regularly on the merit of their work. Highly recommended by myself, and I am a Solicitor of England and Wales.read more
Melanie and Laura have been absolutely excellent with the whole process of our visa applications, can’t fault them in... any way, Thankyou both for all your help and quick responses, we are now keeping everything crossed we get our visas approved quickly 😁🤞read more
My Lawyer in Spain has been my go-to law firm for acquiring, selling or renting properties in the Marbella area since... 2015. Their Spanish social security and employment lawyer, Carmen, just solved a major issue for us with a positive outcome. I am happy to recommend this law firm again.read more
No te he otorgado ninguna estrella de calificación: no te mereces ninguna por ser lo que eres: un zero a izquierda como... persona y de lo profesional ni quiero hablar.In English: who and what he is-Excerpt of a letter:Hello AlexWe have been knowing each other xmore than 15 years: every time we met up at the notary with our clients you told them: “A part from our professional relationship we act as if we were friends”. Today I am in deep distress suffering of shortage of all kind. I wrote you about that last week -you did not answer; before that your Benevolent Friend Olaf has been “ auditing” me for weeks to refuse finally my desperate request for help via his British Benevolent Fund, because he was simply not willing to understand my situation as a whole nor even a tiny part of it.Now - without food nor funds, along with an health issue that the social security don’t covers- facing to end up on the street rambling around with my two dogs between containers -while you are announcing your benevolent activity- the London Marathon-in public (calling for donation to Christel House- what is wonderful) ignoring at the same time a distressful situation of a human being here, not in London, who you have been knowing for a long time.MY GOD- DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND THAT?Maybe it sounds better saying: I fly to London, run the Marathon with pace and grace, do something for charity and publish that in social network and other media- the glossier, the better.Nice man- isn’t he?read more
Tried to speak to these people and the 'lawyer' woman had a very bad attitude and kept asking if I'm a tax resident in... Spain and wasn't taking yes for an answer for some reason, she kept repeating the question as if I was lying. That was really weird.read more
Excellent service from Alex and the team. Laura was our lawyer and she was professional and kept in contact with us... through the whole process. I asked ALOT of questions & she always came back to me with an answer.I would recommend giving POA to your lawyer as this means they can act on your behalf for agreed services eg NIE, opening bank accounts, signing for completion. We were not able to be in Spain for completion so this was a god send.I would recommend my lawyer in Spain to friends & family.read more
I had a work related problem that needed legal advice. I was signposted to a lawyer called Carmen who is the employment... lawyer. Carmen was able to assist me and help me resolve a legal case. Carmen was professional and very supportive through the whole process. This resulted in a positive outcome for me. I can't recommend Carmen enough and My Lawyer in Spain as a company. A big thank you to the team at My Lawyer in Spain.read more
The best service anyone could hope for. Professional and an absolutely amazing eye for detail. I have nothing but... praise for the work I had done. If I ever needed any help and assistance I would always use their services. Even after the purchase of the property they continue to help and assist me. Im very grateful and I couldn’t have made a better choice.Jayson Lewisread more
Alex and the team were professional, very efficient, knowlegeable and willing to answer questions, even before we... engaged their services. It felt we were in very safe hands, negotiating buying a property whilst also becoming residents. We used them as Power of Attorney too, and they did everything for us, from opening bank accounts to getting our house services connected. We can, and do, thoroughly recommend Alex and the term.read more
We turned to Alex Radford at My lawyer in Spain after we were badly let down by another law firm, with no notice and... precious little time left to obtain Residency in Spain.Alex immediately took us on, sorted what needed doing right away, with no fuss, and within a week of us arriving in Spain, the team had obtained our Padron, another week saw my application for Residency approved. In the midst of all this, we bought a house and Alex got us completed and moved in, all within 6 weeks of arriving in Spain. Worked on our Spanish wills, ready for signature.Alex and his staff, particularly, Melanie and Monica, have been fantastic for us and our situation, which is not yet totally complete, but I have no doubts that this team of people lawyers will meet our end goal with the same professional, helpful attitude they have exhibited so far.I wholeheartedly recommend My Lawyer in Spainread more
My Lawyer in Spain provided very good services, professional, efficient and trustworthy. Many thanks to Patricia for... all the support. She made the process of purchasing my first property in Spain very smooth. I highly recommend the firm in terms of both their employees and quality of the services.read more