Main Features of Spanish Wills

Spanish inheritance law and procedure is totally different to that applicable to common-law systems such as the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. There are also differences with regard to other European countries.

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Estate Partition

Under Spanish inheritance laws, a certain proportion of the Testator’s estate must be left to his wife and children. However, foreigners can leave their Spanish property to anyone of their choice.

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Validity of a Foreign Will in Spain

Can my foreign will deal with my Spanish property? Under Spanish inheritance laws, a certain proportion of the Testator’s estate must be left to his wife and children. Notwithstanding, foreigners can leave their Spanish property to anyone of his choice.

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Legacies in Spain

Under Spanish Law, may I bequeath some specific assets and rights to the person of my choice? what if this person is other than my children?

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Usufruct in Spain

The usufruct is the right of enjoying an asset, the property of which is vested in another person, and to draw from this all the utilities which it may produce, provided that it is being done without altering the substance of the asset.

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