FAQs about legal issues
Q: If I have a will that was drawn up in my home country, does it also cover my property and my assets in Spain?
A: Yes it does. However, for it to be valid, it must be translated, registered, etc. which involves significant costs and a lot of bureaucracy. To spare your surviving relatives a lot of difficulties with matters of proof, etc. it is best to have a lawyer in Spain prepare a supplementary will for you. It is also a lot cheaper.
Q: I will be moving to Spain with my spouse. What happens if we divorce a few years from now?
A: Once you have lived in a different country for two years, you are subject to the laws of that country if you divorce. So it is important to talk to a legal specialist to establish what rules apply under Spanish law, and what you can do to influence them.
Q: Will I have to pay property tax in Spain?
A: Yes. You will have to pay a municipal property tax, which is calculated on the basis of the assessed value. The tax rate varies from one local authority to another, and is typically charged at 0.4–1.1%. You will also have to pay a kind of state property tax. This is usually around 0.5% of the assessed value of the property.
Q: How will I be taxed when I sell my property in Spain?
A: Capital gains are taxed in Spain at 19%.