March 11th, 2013
For English nationals with property in Spain, in the majority of cases we deal with, the answer to this question is: no. Most English nationals are not subject to the Spanish law of succession (which would otherwise require parents to leave specified proportions of their estates to their children).
However, individual circumstances have individual legal consequences. So, this is a matter which has to be considered carefully in each client case in dealing with Spanish Wills and estate planning- both from the Spanish and UK legal perspectives. This ensures that correct legal advice is given; and appropriate and secure legal documentation is signed.
To have clear, correct and individual advice on this point, helps to avoid anxiety and uncertainty when it comes to Spanish estate succession.