We recommend that you use a lawyer when purchasing a property and can refer you to a choice of legal firms with a solid reputation for professional expertise and service.
Your lawyer will check the legal and fiscal status of the property you are interested in buying, making sure that there are no outstanding debts or claims against it.
Once this is done your legal representative will process the required Sale & Purchase contracts and documentation for you, explaining them to you and providing translations if necessary.
In addition, your lawyer will help you to apply for a N.I.E. (fiscal identity number of overseas buyers), open bank accounts, offer tax advice and assist you at the signing of the title deeds at the notary – after which the property is officially yours and your name will be entered in the Land Registry as the new owner.
Should you not be able to attend the signing at the notary in person, you can appoint your lawyer to represent you under a Power of Attorney.
However, your lawyer is also available to act on your behalf beyond the property purchase alone, helping with applications for residency permits, ensuring direct debits are set up for utilities, the setting up of companies and generally providing fiscal and legal advice and representation.
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