Thursday, 8 May 2014

What should I consider when appointing a Spanish Lawyer

When buying in Spain and requiring legal services there are a number of considerations you should make when apppointing a Lawyer.

What matters should be considered when appointing legal services in Spain.

Very important when apppointing a contracting legal services in Spain is does the lawyer speak your language and can they communicate with you effectivley. Another important point is are the fully independent and not attcahed to any other party in the buying process.

Do I need to appoint a local Lawyer in Spain

There are some arguements for appointing say a Marbella based Lawyer if you are buying in the Costa del Sol or a Barcelona Laywer if you are buying in Cataluna. The key benefit is normally one of cost, as travelling expenses are not incurred. Appointing a local Laywer does not however mean you will recieve the best possible advice and all legal work related to a purchase in Spain can be done perfectly effectivley by a lawyer outside the area.

Cost of legal support when buying or selling in Spain

In general most Lawyers in Spain charge a percentage of purchase price, normally 1%. As many of the checks required apply whether you are buying at the high end of the market or the cheaper end this means for those clients buying cheaply you have to question the levelof diligence that will be undertaken and skill level of the perosn appointed to undertake the checks as use of a qualified lawyer throughout would not be possible within the total fees.

For buyers buying at the high end of the market a percentage of purchase price could mean they are paying far too much for the actual cost of the work required.

Are there alternatives to percentage legal fees

Fixed fee conveyance quoted based on the actual services provided and level of work required is available and may be a better reflection of what should be paid on a more specific bases.

Read the full article: Legal advice when buying in Spain

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