DEADLINES FOR LEGAL CLAIMS EXTENDED TO 28 DECEMBER BECAUSE OF Covid-19

While Spain was in a state of emergency (estado de alarma), businesses were allowed to extend the deadline to claim debts from 7 October 2020 to 28 December 2020. In October 2015, legislation reformed Article 1.964 of the Civil Code so that personal claims without a specific term expire after five years instead of 15, as formerly. As a result of this reform, debts without a specific limitation period and which were due by 7 October 2015 (the day after the law came into force) are subject to the 15-year limitation with a deadline of 7 October 2020.

Since the declaration of the estado de alarma, however, these deadlines have been extended by 82 days, so that creditors have until 28 December this year to claim debts and avoid suffering losses due to late payment by debtors.  Continue reading “DEADLINES FOR LEGAL CLAIMS EXTENDED TO 28 DECEMBER BECAUSE OF Covid-19”

WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF YOUR HOME IN 3 STEPS

This article looks at how to deal with situations where our own home or second home is illegally occupied by unidentified persons.

GETTING A SWIFT EVICTION ORDER

The first thing is to define this type of behavior in criminal terms

If it is our main residence, we would have to report the occupants to the police or duty court for breaking and entering. The Spanish Criminal Code, indeed, in article 245.2 says that this crime consists of “… the entry into a private individual’s dwelling by someone who does not live there, and who enters or remains in it against the will of its owner. This crime is punishable by a prison sentence of six months to two years. Continue reading “WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF YOUR HOME IN 3 STEPS”

WHY SHOULD WE MAKE A WILL?

Our Last Will and Testament is the declaration of our final wishes, the document in which we dispose of our assets and settle our affairs so that no-one else can make decisions about them after our death.

Last will

The Will avoids family conflicts, potential lawsuits and helps smooth the process for our heirs at notaries, property registries, banks and insurance companies. It is an extremely useful legal tool.

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