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The Klev&Vera Law News Update

Why should I buy a property in Spain?

Spain is considered one of the most attractive countries for real estate investment in the entire European continent. Its location, security, historical and cultural richness, the large number of tourists it receives each year and the expanding market create positive conditions for investment. Unlike other countries, investments here are protected by one of the most important members of the European Union. Spain is located in a privileged geographical position, it is the European country with the easiest access from the American Continent. Also three Spanish airports are part of the top ten most busiest airports in Europe. In addition, Spain has...

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Digital Nomad Visa in Spain – requirements published

The Spanish Immigration Office on International Mobility has published the long awaited detailed list of documents that digital nomads applicants need to provide. Rather than clarifying the situation, the list still raises more questions that are yet to be answered. Apart from the obvious documents, such as: Passport Application forms Background check – police certificate – novelty – only from the countries where the applicant lived during the last 2 years (earlier – 5 years) Proof of remote employment or professional activity the list requires to provide: Certificate of coverage of the Social Security of the country of origin of the applicant, OR...

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How to Get Residence Permits for Ukrainian Refugees in Spain?

The Spanish Government published on the 10 March the long expected information on how displaced persons from Ukraine can get a temporary protection status in Spain (Orden PCM/169/2022, de 9 de marzo, por la que se desarrolla el procedimiento para el reconocimiento de la protección temporal a personas afectadas por el conflicto en Ucrania). Starting from 10 March 2022 Ukrainian citizens can apply for a temporary protection status, which includes residence and work permit. Spain initially announced it to be for 1 year, however currently the protection status cards are given for 2 years. Spain committed to renew the cards as...

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Does Spain have freedom of speech?

Insight into M.D. and Others v. Spain – How Does The Court Determine When Investigative Journalism Becomes a Violation of One´s Privacy? The 2014 case, M.D. and Others v. Spain, was seminal for illuminating the dichotomy between the rights of an individual and the rights of a published journalist. This article will explain the alleged violations by the applicants and demonstrate how the Court decides on whether a right has been violated, considering a person´s private life under both the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Spanish Constitution.   Table of Contents Background of the Case Violation of Article 8 –...

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Do I pay tax on money gifted to me from abroad?

Many wonder when and how much they will be taxed when transferring money or donating. A common misconception is that taxes only need to be paid on money transfers over 3000 €; however, that is not the case as all donations or transfers are taxable, no matter how big or small. Donation Defined Section 618 of the Spanish Civil Code defines a donation as “…an act of liberality through which a person freely provides money or goods to the favor of another person, who in turn accepts.” Essentially, under Spanish law, when a person gives away a sum of money or item...

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Pet custody laws in Spain

As nearly half of Spanish households have a pet, it is important to recognize the importance of special bonds created between the animal and the people who live with it. Such an affective bond develops feelings of empathy and respect; however, the affective bond does not prevent that, in situations of family crisis, pets can be used as a throwing weapon, either to do harm, or to blackmail, because when one member of the couple stays with the pet, the other experiences loss, often mourning or suffering. History of the Law Typically, courts have been hesitant to grant legal protection for the...

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