Oops! Accidentally revoking your Spanish will …

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, August, 1. 2019

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers
1st of August 2019


It is customary that when a solicitor drafts a will in the United Kingdom they add in a provision along the lines of “this new will revokes any other prior wills.”  

This little line automatically revokes any prior Spanish will making it null and void. The legal implication of this is that to distribute the Spanish estate, as there is no longer a valid Spanish will, the family is now stupidly forced to go through a Grant of Probate in the UK; which normally exceeds one year, attracting in its wake penalties and delay interests from the tax office in Spain. All of which could have been easily avoided…

So, when you happen to make a new will in your home country, or elsewhere, please ensure your solicitor or lawyer adds in a provision safeguarding the validity of any previous existing wills made in Spain.

This little word of advice will save your family at a time of bereavement considerable aggravation, stress, money, hassle, extra fees and disbursements, tax penalties on submitting taxes late, delay interests, sworn translations, additional non-required Apostille seals etc

We all have our 'blond' moments, from time to time; just try and avoid this 'oops'.

You are welcome.


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