We always recommend that you complete a Spanish will if you have assets in Spain, Spanish wills can also be made universal. They are completed in both English and Spanish and legalized in front of a Notary here in Spain and then registered within the Spanish Registrar of Wills. All that is required from the client is to complete a form and attend the Notary signing we take care of the rest of the process including the translation of the document, notary appointment and registration.
Several factors will determine where probate is made, if a Spanish will exists for the deceased then the inheritance can go ahead in accordance with its context, and proceed to executing the Spanish will.
There is not Spanish will, but a UK will. The English Will must be translated into Spanish with an Apostille of The Hague attached to it. The Grant of Probate also needs to be obtained along with the Death Certificate and sometimes a Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate.
The actual acceptance of inheritance in Spain is done by formal deed in front of a Notary Public. Please remember that if the inheritance taxes in Spain are not paid within 6 months of the date of death then fines are imposed for late payment.
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