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What about my Spanish will now I live in the UK?

What about my Spanish will now I live in the UK?

Old Aug 4th 2016, 2:03 pm
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Default What about my Spanish will now I live in the UK?

When I lived in Spain, I had a Spanish will for all assets in Spain, and an English one for all assets in UK ( same applies to husband)
Now back in England , I was thinking, should I have cancelled the Spanish one?
I have no assets in Spain at all, but don't want to fall foul of Spanish bureaucracy
If I do have to cancel it, is it a simple matter of emailing the solicitor who arranged the will
Or shall I just forget about it?
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Old Aug 4th 2016, 3:19 pm
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Simply make a new UK will as this will override all others (will it not )
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Default Re: What about my Spanish will now I live in the UK?

If you have no Spanish assets, then you don't need a Spanish will - so my advice would be to forget it.
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Old Aug 4th 2016, 3:42 pm
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Default Re: What about my Spanish will now I live in the UK?

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Simply make a new UK will as this will override all others (will it not )
As my UK will covered only assets in UK, I don't need to go to the expense of a new one
My Spanish will has no authority over my UK assets
That's why I did separate wills
I just needed to know if I needed to tie up this loose end officially
I think I will do as Fred said, and forget it
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Default Re: What about my Spanish will now I live in the UK?

What happens to all these 'old' wills that are lodged in Madrid? Is it like people registered on the padron where they have a 'purge' from time to time?
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Old Aug 4th 2016, 4:54 pm
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Aren't the originals kept with the solicitor, and copies in Madrid?
I presume the solicitor informs Madrid when wills have been processed and then they are destroyed
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Default Re: What about my Spanish will now I live in the UK?

They keep a register of wills in Madrid, but the originals are held at the Notaries office where they were signed.
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Default Re: What about my Spanish will now I live in the UK?

Maybe you could get the solicitor who holds your UK will to write a letter on your behalf to you Spanish one. That would wind it up and you would have a copy of letter. Then you would have peace of mind and not have to worry about some obscure new rule/fine coming in to force in the future. You never know what could be brought in in the future in Spain
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Default Re: What about my Spanish will now I live in the UK?

If you have no assets whatsoever in Spain then how would they even know you had passed away? My guess is by contacting a solicitor or whatever to cancel a Spanish will would no doubt just incur needless cost.
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Old Aug 5th 2016, 2:58 pm
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Default Re: What about my Spanish will now I live in the UK?

I did contact a solicitor who frequently writes in the expat press, and he said the same as Fred.
Had my Spanish will covered assets in both countries that would have been a different matter
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