might have noticed that the newsletter has been absent
for a couple of months. The reason? We have been very
busy with Imserso (hopefully lots of you will
have booked your holidays by now). Excuses aside, we
are back now and will try to keep you up-to-date with
what's been happening and what's being planned.
new ÁbacoInheritance Service
know from talking to our clients and from the queries
we receive, just how many people are anxious about inheritance.
The inheritance laws in Spain are very different
and can be complicated. There is no automatic transfer
of property to the next of kin and inheritance tax often
Following the success of our ÁbacoConnect service our
new ÁbacoInheritance service provides similar online
accessibility. It includes two specific services. Firstly
for inheritors, with a comprehensive package to enable
them to access their inheritance and take possession
of any property. Secondly, a will-making service
for those wishing to plan for the future.
For more information go to the website AbacoInheritance.com
or call us on (+34) 96 571 26 56.
would you like to know?
Ábaco clients will very shortly be receiving their hot-off-the-press
copy of Ábaco Magazine No. 23 in the post.
We publish two magazines every year and feature a range
of articles about legal and tax matters as well as more
general articles about living in Spain. It's a mammoth
task sending them out to countries all over the world
and in three different languages!
It's like the Forth Bridge. One magazine roles off the
production line and we're already on with the next.
This time we would like your ideas too. What
would you like to have information about? We can't promise
to write about everything but we feel that there may
well be gaps in your knowledge about home ownership
in Spain that we can help fill.
all need a little HELP sometimes
when you're living in or visiting a foreign country.
So, it's useful to know that there are people out there
who can help you in times of crisis or if you just need
some information. The HELP Association, Vega
Baja, advertise that they 'help people of all ages with
all sorts of problems' - they have a 24 hour emergency
line and there are many useful and informative leaflets
on their website HelpVegaBaja.com
Another source of help for those living on the Orihuela
Costa is Denise Wesserling. She is the new coastal
residents' officer. She is based at Orihuela Town
Hall and can be contacted at 966
760 000 or by emailing email@example.com
non-resident tax deadline December 31st is coming!
we're into November we can start talking about December.
It's a busy time of year for us not only because of
the festive season but because non-resident tax declarations
have to be in by December 31st. This
article provides information about non-resident
Our clients can take pleasure in the fact that they
need do NOTHING at this time. For anyone who is a non-resident
Spanish property owner who isn't a client, read
this article and do something…quickly!
With the Spanish general election over yet another
country has changed its political party. A turbulent
and troubled Europe is desperately seeking a solution.
Will the PP party be the solution for Spain?
They've certainly got a tough job ahead but have the
advantage of a comfortable majority receiving 53% of
the votes as opposed to the socialist party (PSOE) who
received just 31%.
No coalition needed here. Rajoy will now replace Zapatero
as president with everyone hoping that a brighter outlook
will follow a change of government.
you're a numbers person and financial information is
what tickles your fancy then you might like to visit
'the Spanish economy' website. It's in English
and includes slides, summaries and succinct information
about how Spain is managing its budget.
I can't vouch for what's on here or advise you of any
underlying message. However, I did find the slides 'General
Overview Spanish Economy' accessible. It is an indication
that the Spanish Government do want to convey in English
that they have things in hand. Access it at:
official - Spain is cool
so are America and Brazil according to a poll of 30,000
people across the world. When asked which is the coolest
country by social networking site Badoo.com, the US
came out top, followed by Brazil and Spain in front
of Italy and France. Least cool? Belgium, Poland, Turkey,
Canada and Germany. Britain? Came in sixth out of 15
countries - above half way, that's cool enough for me.
special little gift - on the forums
was an interesting discussion on one of the forums about
what traditional Spanish gift you could take
home with you for friends. There were a number of suggestions:
- Biscuits (Spanish looking ones of course)
Hand made woven baskets (apparently someone makes them
in San Miguel de Salinas)
Ceramic bits and pieces
Salt (always useful in the winter for non-residents)
Perhaps most interesting was the fact that someone asked
whilst visiting Spain 'where can I get something Spanish?'!
To see the discussion: Torrevieja.co.uk
would you recommend?
If you're a resident in Spain and looking to send
a gift back that's a little more English than Spanish
you might try SendPresentToUk.com.
This website has been launched by the same people who
(one we told you about earlier)