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Barcelona Real Estate Investment

Investment in the Barcelona commercial real estate market has weathered the storm of COVID pretty well, especially when compared to Spain’s other large market, Madrid. In the first half of 2021, Barcelona accounted for 80% of commercial real estate investments in Spain. This is according to the commercial real estate consulting firm Cushman and Wakefield. Barcelona’s continued success in real estate investment is a testament to the work done in the past as well as the outlook for the future. Much of the commercial real estate success is centered around Barcelona’s “22@,” an urban renewal zone in the Poblenou neighborhood. This...

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Prenups in Spain

Are prenups legal in Spain? What happens if you don't sign a prenup? Marriage can be described as a contract between two partners. Should this contract ever be dissolved, a prenuptial agreement, short: prenup, can make the separation and divorce process both easier and less painful. Unfortunately, a lot of couples shy away from this topic as it can be an uncomfortable and difficult conversation. Ironically these couples might happen to have even more inconvenient conversations during the process of separation and divorce. What does “prenup” mean? A prenup is defined as a written contract between two people before they commit to marriage. It...

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What is a Family Book in Spain?

The Family Book, Spanish “Libro de Familia”, is a free document issued by the Spanish Ministry of Justice and processed at the Civil Registry. It is used as a family register which records the relationship between parents and children, births, adoptions, deaths, separations, divorces and much more. In the event that the holders divorce and have children with other couples, a new book is issued to certify this new relationship. What is the Family Book good for? The use of the Libro de Familia was approved in 1915 during the reign of Alfonso XIII, with the aim of compressing an entire family’s...

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What is the right of usufruct?

A usufruct is a real, non-saleable and non-inheritable property right that grants another person - the usufructuary - the right to make use of one or more assets which belong to someone else - the main proprietor - and to earn income such as rent from it without owning it himself. A usufruct is a combination of the two property rights usus and fructus. Usus refers to the right to use something directly without damaging or altering it. Fructus refers to the right to enjoy the fruits of the property being used, which basically means profiting from the real property by leasing it,...

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How to dissolve a common-law partnership in Catalonia?

These days it becomes more popular for couples to cohabit without even the intention of getting married. Nevertheless, couples often want to put their relationship on a more solid, practical and lasting footing. With the "pareja de hecho", a legal status that a couple can apply for and that requires them to have a long-lasting relationship in which they have lived together for at least 12 months, Catalonia has granted couples legal protection even if they are not married. However, as with marriages, cohabiting couples can also separate if, for example, the love is over or living together becomes unbearable. There are...

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How do you homologate a degree in Spain?

Recognizing academic qualifications in another country is not always as easy as it sounds. Getting an overseas qualification officially recognized (“homologación de título”) in Spain means that it has the same academic and professional value as its Spanish equivalent. The process of degree recognition in Spain is a complex and time-consuming one and there is no automatic recognition of academic qualifications between EU countries. It usually takes between 6 and 12 months. Who needs degree homologation in Spain? You may need to have your university degree recognized in Spain if you want to work in a professional field that requires academic credentials, if...

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What rights do tenants have in Spain?

Spain has recently updated its urban lease law to prohibit certain clauses found in rental contracts. While these types of provisions are now prohibited, many lease contracts still contain them. For such contracts, these provisions will be null. It is important to know them when you see them. Duration of the Lease In the wake of COVID-19, many lessors have tried to convert vacation rentals into more permanent residencies with vacation rental time periods. These time limitations are generally null and void. Renters for contracts of less than five years have the opportunity to extend their lease regardless of constraints the lessor...

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Guide to the S1 form for UK nationals living in Spain

The S1 form, once registered, entitles you and your dependents to state healthcare in Spain on the same basis as a Spanish national. You may be eligible for this form if you fall into certain categories. These include some frontier workers as well as those Britons who moved to Spain before 1 January 2021 and receive certain ‘exportable benefits’. If you have a UK State Pension, you must request an application form from the NHS Overseas Healthcare Services over the phone. You must then register your S1 form with the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS). If you cannot go...

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Klev&Vera corresponding office in Florida

Klev and Vera International Law Firm is very happy to announce the start of what promises to be a fruitful collaboration with Boyer Law Firm, P.L.. With its impressive reputation and strong presence in Florida and New York, we are certain that Boyer will prove an invaluable partner in many cases to come. Boyer Law Firm P.L. has much in common with Klev and Vera. They are an outward-facing, multilingual firm with particular specialties in family law, immigration, business and civil litigation including fraud, debt collection and breach of contract. This seems to be a perfect fit with our fields of...

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Enforcement of foreign judgments after BREXIT

A brief overview of the situation with enforcement of foreign judgments after BREXIT on cross-border civil and commercial cases linked to Spain. Given the large amount of trade between the nations of the European Union, it is unsurprising that many cross-border disputes arise and end up being litigated. This, however, can lead to a difficult problem. How can I, as a party in a legal case, be sure that the final decision of the court is enforced on the opposing party, even if they are based abroad? Over several decades, the EU has developed a set of rules to resolve this...

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