What should you consider when choosing a lawyer to obtain your residency in Spain?
Our years of experience have demonstrated that the choice of a reliable residency solicitor is one of the biggest decisions in the entire residency process. In this article we provide some points to consider when choosing a solicitor in Spain to assist you.
- Are you speaking with an expert:
In today’s electronic world, it is not always easy to know the calibre of service you are about to employ or indeed if the communication you are receiving is from a qualified body or even a computer and not a person.
With this in mind, we would first recommend that before you take steps to employ any services, you ensure that the organisation you are speaking with is actually a registered solicitor in Spain and that you can pick up the phone and speak with someone in your preferred language.
SpainResidency forms part of a Spanish solicitor, Counsel of General Advocacy N°4712 with over 15 years’ experience in many sectors. Our legal offices employ 7-Solicitors which allows us to expertly handle, not only your residency, but any other legal matter you may require as a resident of Spain.
- What are their areas of experience:
It is it important to know what services can be undertaken by the service you employ.
In most cases, you will require much more than just getting your visa or residency.
Perhaps you will need to set up your own company, maybe want understand your tax situation as a foreigner in Spain and define which taxes you will have to pay once you settle here. Maybe you would like to obtain a permit such as the Golden-Visa which will require you to purchase property. It is more than likely that your immigration attorney will need to assist you in other areas aside from your residency. With matters such as property purchase or rental, you are much more secure to use a solicitor.
Because we are a solicitor, we offer a complete package for any legal solution you may require in Spain.
With over 15 years of experience, we have handled successfully hundreds of residency procedures and most of these clients are now our customers who continually utilise our legal services.
- Be sure that the company has experience with residents of your country:
Our 15 years of professional experience in the Spanish residency sector has demonstrated that although all residence permits for non-European citizens are qualified independently and treated equally, it must be taken into consideration that not every application is the same. Because of this and in each country, the Spanish consulate must qualify independently the applications it receives from citizens of the country they are in.
Let us take the case of the Non-Lucrative residency visa for example. While the general law establishes that is necessary to demonstrate the possession of a minimum of €26,000 in a bank account to be sufficient. An application in certain countries with only this amount demonstrated, will be rejected for being too little.
This occurs because what is accepted as ´normal´ for one country and its culture, is not acceptable for another.
Because of this, we stress the importance of choosing a law firm which understands this and has experience in your country of original having already worked with the consulates in your country. It is because of this change of requirements that your application must be presented with an in depth understanding of this, in a way which will be accepted to obtain success.
- Check out the company’s reputation and read reviews:
Thankfully in today’s digital world we can instantly locate information at the touch of a button. Our law firm recommends exactly this type of investigation before you contract any services.
Check out the reviews on the services provided, look internally on their website, but also look for objective third party reviews.
- Is price a good indicator of the service you will receive?
While you may be tempted to choose the lowest price, it should be remembered that you might just get what you pay for, a cheap service.
There are a lot of immigration attorneys offering services at a wide range of price tags. With this in mind, we revert you once again to reviewing the company’s service prior to contracting them, confirm that they have experience arranging residency from citizens of your country and making sure that you can pick up the phone and speak with someone in your preferred language.
When it comes such a big decision like moving to another country, reliability together with professionalism of service are the most important and not price!
Permanent residency is obtained after 5 years of Spanish Residency through Self-Empoyed Residency or Non-Lucrative Residency or Residency through Investment. This followed by 5 years as a permanent resident and means you can then obtain Spanish Citizenship with a Spanish Passport.