Incredibly, some buyers still "sign on the dotted line" without taking proper legal advice. And equally incredibly, there are still agents who inform eager-to-buy clients that: "You don't need a lawyer here in Spain, we've been doing this for years and can handle everything on your behalf."
Do I need a lawyer to buy a property in Spain?
While it is true that it's not a legal requirement to have a lawyer in Spain to enact a property purchase, it is simply not the case that an agent can "handle everything on your behalf". Even with the very best intentions, how could any agent be impartial enough to keep your best interests at heart?
Our advice is therefore unequivocal: As soon as you have found the property you want, the next step is to employ the services of a reputable lawyer with a proven track record in property conveyancing in Spain.
Remember too that a good Spanish solicitor can be an invaluable ally to you in all kinds of situations: Give your lawyer power of attorney and they will be able to take care of all kinds of formalities without you even being there, for instance.
Some law firms offer a valuable suite of extra services such as signing paperwork on your behalf; getting utility accounts set up in (or switched to) your name; and putting direct debits in place for regular payments. This can be a valuable add-on in terms of the time, hassle and travel it saves you, and for a relatively minor extra expense.
How Altavista can assist
We can help you to find a suitable bilingual lawyer, so please do ask if you're unsure or don't already have one. We have a shortlist of independent law firms who have already successfully helped other clients to buy their homes through us, who we're happy to recommend.