Inheritance Law Spain

If you own a property in Spain it’s important you understand the inheritance law in Spain to ensure that you are well aware of the process of handing down your belongings in the unfortunate case that you pass away. Making a will is the only way to decide which will be the applicable law to your inheritance: the law of your nationality or the law of Spain. This decision has big consequences for your inheritance, so it is important that you carefully consider your options so you can leave no stone unturned and a very clear pathway of events after your passing.

Here at Manzanares Lawyers, we understand that the concept of inheritance law is difficult to grasp, especially if you have no prior knowledge of Spanish law. Luckily for our customers, this is one of the fields of Spanish Law that we specialise, and will gladly be of assistance. We recommend that you entrust the help of a professional law firm, such as ourselves. At Manzanares Lawyers, we can give you immediate, sensible advice on what the most legally correct way is when dealing with your situation. We have over 20 years of assisting foreign nationals to achieve the outcomes they desire, by using our in-depth knowledge and expertise in the field of inheritance law in Spain.

It is important to accurately understand inheritance law. We can help you be safe in the knowledge that your assets are going exactly where you want them to.

If you have any questions about inheritance law Spain then they may have been answered in our FAQs below. But if you require any more information on this field of law, then please get in touch with our friendly team today. Give either of our offices a call on +34 952 82 41 12 (Marbella) or +34 952 59 50 42 (Alhaurin). Alternatively, you can drop us an email at or fill out our online form and we will respond as soon as we can.

How is Spanish inheritance law different from the UK?

One of the key differences between inheritance law in Spain and the UK is that, in the UK, most of your possessions will automatically go to your husband or wife. In contrast, with Spanish inheritance law, two-thirds of your possessions automatically go to your children if you don’t have a will in place. If you have no children, then any surviving parents are entitled to one third of inheritance if there is a surviving spouse or 50% if there is not.

What else is important to know about Spanish inheritance law?

If you die without making a Spanish will, then this can result in a complicated process, identifying which inheritance law applies to you, whether this is Spanish law or the law of the country you are a national of. This can be complicated and complex but can be established by the team of experienced lawyers here at Manzanares.

Contact us at Manzanares Lawyers

Inheritance law can be intricate at the best of times. The best way to ensure the outcome you desire is to make sure that it is expressed explicitly in your will. If you have any questions about inheritance law in Spain, feel free to contact our team of experienced lawyers. We would love to assist you with your enquiry.

Why not get in touch for a free consultation from one of our friendly team today? You can either complete our online form or give us a call. Call our Marbella office call +34 952 82 41 12 and for Alhaurin, use +34 952 59 50 42.

In what can seem like a stressful time following the passing of a loved one or friend, we can assure you at Manzanares Lawyers that our approach to inheritance in Spain will ensure that all of the complicated legalities that comes with this process are dealt with in the best possible way. We make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible during this difficult time, providing an advocate that you can trust and will guarantee a successful outcome. We can negotiate the Spanish inheritance laws with you so you can be assured that you are in safe hands.
Technically you don’t need a lawyer when dealing with inheritance in Spain, but we do recommend that you use one. Just like you would in the UK, due to the small print that is often involved in these kind of processes, it is best to enlist the help of an expert that has plenty of experience in this field, much like the team at Manzanares. We can give you the assistance and advice you need during this time, so you can come away confidence that proceedings are being dealt with correctly. This is especially true if you have no experience of inheriting in Spain before, as the inheritance law in Spain do vary greatly between countries.
A notary is important during the inheritance process in Spain. Their function is to ensure that all the sufficient checks are made, as well as being present at the signature of the title deed and even registering the property in question. Although a notary is important, they do not affect the majority of the procedure, so it is worth turning towards a lawyer for advice with inheritance law in Marbella.

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