Monday, August 20, 2018

New squatting rules in Spain drastically speed up the eviction process

THE Senate has approved specific measures against illegal occupiers of private property. Under the new bill, squatters will be served with an eviction notice...

Financial experts blast Spain’s tax office as a ‘bully’ which turns taxpayers into ‘tax servants’

Many see in the Spanish Tax Office a tyrannical entity intent on extorting wealth from law-abiding citizens

The costly experience of using a phony driver’s licence writes Antonio Flores

IT is a well-documented fact that the Spanish Costas’ rich variety of foreign residents increases the complexity of legal issues and driving licenses -...

Spanish law change is affecting those living in the Costa del Sol

The criteria for residence for tax purposes varies considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and “residence” can be different for other, non-tax purposes

BEWARE: What expats need to know about investment funds in Spain

THE collapse of Continental Wealth Management, an Alicante-based advisory firm, has left tens - possibly hundreds - of investors worried sick.   CWM was not...

Leading lawyer breaks down the impact Catalunya will have on private business contracts

After two banks have moved their HQ's out of Barcelona leading Spanish lawyer Antonio Flores examines the knock-on effects of the political unrest occurring in Catalunya.

Notaries and Supreme Court at war over validity of powers of attorney

ACCORDING to the General Council of Notaries, these highly qualified professionals fulfill an essential part of the judicial life of this country by bringing...

National Spanish press slam Marbella’s growing ‘trash and noise tourism’

ALERTED by groups of neighbours suffering from a small number of establishments throwing endless daytime parties with blasting music, Spanish national TV press has...

Choosing photocopied documents over originals could cost you

THE ruling of this topic goes to show how can a case -otherwise strong- go horribly wrong for a client and subsequently his lawyer....

Banc-no Popular: Up to 300,000 Banco Popular shareholders to sue for their lost investment

BACK in 1993, the London-based IBCA rating company, later absorbed by Fitch Ratings Inc., hailed Banco Popular as the most profitable bank in the...

Malta tax haven in the spotlight – The European Panama?

EIC network has dug into hundreds of thousands of documents that show that Malta operates a tax system where companies pay the lowest tax on profits in the EU

How to get lasting power of attorney in Spain

They are legal documents which allow anyone aged 21 or over ('donor') to appoint one or more people (‘donee’) to act on their behalf as proxy decision maker in the event of lost mental capacity

How easy is it to sell your off-plan pad before it’s finished?

Columnist Antonio Flores explains why many off-plan buyers are finding that there is now a market to sell on their contracts before they get the keys to the properties.

Fail to declare your rental income at your peril

"Fines for not declaring rented income range from 50% to 150% of the unpaid tax"

Spain’s police forces: Understanding which does what

SPAIN'S federalization process has added layers and layers of bureaucracy to everyday living

The fight for mortgage justice for home owners in Spain

The abusive nature of these contractual clauses, which makes them void, stems from the description made by the Supreme Court

Brexit backlash: New ruling threatens hundreds of expats’ court cases

The effects of Brexit appear to have reached some Spanish government offices, including some courts of law

A decade of litigation

To celebrate with the Olive Press special tenth anniversary, Antonio Flores of Lawbird picks out his Top Ten Legal cases

LOCK THEM UP: Precedent set as dishonest estate agents sentenced to jail

Real estate agents should serve a minimum of two years in prison for defrauding both buyers and sellers

How effective is the legislation against squatters in Spain?

The activities of a squatter are not protected by the law

Legal myths in Spain

IN our previous column, we discussed a number of “law” urban legends believed by both expats and locals. Here we discuss a few more:   Squatters...

The urban myths surrounding the law in Spain

From public nudity to insurance for red cars
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