Very few British buyers have a Spanish solicitor in their address book when they set out to buy property in Spain. So it should come as no surprise that many of them end up using the solicitor recommended by the estate agents or developers they buy from.
Surveys reveal that 63% of British buyers end up using the lawyer recommended to them by their estate agent. Of these 20% report being very dissatisfied with the legal service they receive, compared to just 2% who use a solicitor that they have found themselves.
The fact of the matter is that using a solicitor recommended by an estate agent or, what is worse, the agent's in-house lawyer, you should try to avoid. Estate agents are highly motivated to close sales that pay commissions and unscrupulous agents recommend lawyers who will facilitate this outcome. Buyers can be lulled into a false sense of security whilst the recommended lawyers do nothing more than oil the wheels of the transaction on the estate agent's behalf. The buyer's need for security of purchase can become irrelevant in this equation.
When buying something as expensive as property in a foreign country you need a lawyer who you can be certain is working for you and you alone. Looking for an independent lawyer once a dispute has started is like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. You need your own lawyer from the very start.I
It is also very important to use a local lawyer that has a good understanding of the English language to ensure that all proceedings and documents are understood.
From our extensive experience in the area we know which lawyers offer the best services for individual areas and developments. Taxation and Spanish will services also available.
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