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Most European property buyers don't use a lawyer when they purchase a property so why should I ?

Property conveyancing with lawyers is a British institution and many British Costa Blanca property buyers are more comfortable purchasing this way. Not surprisingly, Spanish lawyers are quite happy to provide a similar service, and most speak a foreign language (usually English). They will check the documentation of a property to ensure that it is free of debts, check the local planning situation, provide translations and accompany foreign buyers on notary and N.I.E. number visits. A Spanish lawyer may also provide the useful service of changing utility bills over to the name of the new owners. However don't expect him to negotiate on your behalf. It is up to you to decide on the value of the property you have seen, and reach an agreed a price through your agent.

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Costa Blanca lawyers and API licensed estate agents

In Spain most property is sold by A.P.I. (Agentes de la Propiedad Inmobiliaria) government licensed agents who have a number of offices in all the Costa Blanca towns and villages and have the apismall.gif (321 bytes) shield outside their offices. They have traditionally carried out all the property conveyancing in Spain until recent E.E.C. legislation obliged the Spanish government to allow unlicensed agents. This accounts for the large, and somewhat problematic grey area that now exists, so it is very advisable to use the services of a an A.P.I. agent (included in the property price) or of a Spanish lawyer.

A complete list of Calpe lawyers is provided here. They all carry out conveyancing and include long time Calpe resident and town hall representative, Linda Townsend and her capable legal team. Fernando Ferragud Pardo specializes in German documentation and Moises Vicent Moliner provides general legal work with an emphasis on planning regulation.  A complete list of Benissa lawyers, Moraira lawyers and Altea lawyers is  provided here with their street addresses, languages, contact numbers and e mail addresses.

Should you not be able to come to the Costa Blanca for the signing of your title deed, you can arrange for a lawyer to represent you in the notary's office or for bank or other official transactions. They can also, of course, advise you with regard to making and accepting Spanish and foreign wills and testaments.