February 22nd, 2013
Back in 2011, a widely publicised BBC television programme, Panorama, highlighted concerns about the levels of professionalism and regulation of will writing and probate services under English law. Following that, a major regulatory review was undertaken in the UK, which concluded with much stricter regulatory controls. So, effective consumer protection in the UK for this area of legal services is now firmly established.
It is equally important (if not, even more so) when choosing your Spanish legal adviser, that you make the same enquiries of your Spanish legal adviser, as you would make of professional advisers in your own country.
Due to the professional background of our team (see “Our Team“), these are matters which have always been extremely important to us.
Our professional body in the UK is The Society of Will Writers and Estate Planning Practitioners (www.willwriters.com). Also, the Spanish lawyers handling our Spanish legal cases are fully qualified and highly experienced in Spanish legal matters. They are accountable to; regulated by; and professionally insured through their own professional body in Spain (the Colegio de Abogados).
In addition to this, every single Spanish legal document we provide for execution in Spain is specifically approved by an authorising Notary- and in the case of Wills, also accepted by the Central Wills Registry in Madrid. As such, the level of accountability and professional protection afforded to our clients is second to none.
It is essential if you are not a Spanish national, but have assets in Spain, that the legal advice you receive is from legal professionals, who are appropriately qualified and experienced in Spain. But equally importantly, your Spanish legal professionals must also have the necessary qualification and experience of such matters in your country of origin. Otherwise, it is impossible for you to be confident that your legal position and responsibilities in Spain are correctly “dovetailed” with your legal position and responsibilities in your country of origin. Getting it wrong by not having proper professional advice could end up being very costly for you and your family.
Also, it is important to note that before confirming instructions in any Spanish legal matter, you must be certain that you are completely clear about all applicable charges and costs and how they are calculated; and further, you should ensure that any client monies will be securely held on your behalf, in a designated client account.
We are more than happy to give our clients the comfort they need on all these matters, as we are dedicated professionals, committed to 100% client security and satisfaction.