How to choose your Lawyer?
Ensure that your lawyer is a member of a Lawyers College and ask for their registration number. This is given by the respective college when qualifying so it will also show the lawyers seniority for example the lower the number the longer qualified the lawyer.
Most of our clients are introduced to us from other satisfied clients. We have some large reputable Estate Agents who recommend us and know that we are independent, acting solely in the interests our clients. Recommendations also come from Bank managers and other professional firms.
Whilst we cannot ask clients to personally verify our services, these are some of the comments we have received:
It was a lucky day when friends recommended a good laywer in Almunecar, who also speaks excellent English! I had given up any hope of selling my house, until I spoke to Ms Velasco.
Thanks to her tenacity and initiative, things progressed steadily, and all in the right direction. After having done business in Almunecar for the past eleven years, I have found the people delightful, but things don´t normally happen unless you are there to chase up frequently yourself. For the first time ever, someone else was taking the initiative, things were happening in my absence and I was being emailed with regular updates.
I have every confidence in Ms Valasco and would be delighted to recommend her to anyone wanting to ´get things done´ in Andalucía. It is a pleasure, and immense relief, to do business with her.
I forbindelse med køb af fast ejendom i Almunecar blev vi rådet til at benytte Velasco Lawyers.
Vores første møde med Maria Teresa Velasco var meget positivt. Professionel, hurtig og venlig rådgivning, der samtidig tog hensyn til vores usikkerhed over for spansk jura og procedurer ved handel med fast ejendom i Spanien.
I forbindelse med handelens afslutning medvirkede Maria Teresa Valasco myndigt og med rettidig omhu på en måde, så vi idag er de tilfredse ejere af en virkelig god lejlighed. MariaTeresa Velasco og hendes stab nyder vores fulde tillid, og vi kan varmt anbefale Velasco Lawyers som samarbejdspartnere. Endvidere er danske Else Marie ansat i firmaet og taler flydende spansk. Hun er en særdeles venlig og effektiv medarbejder. Der på meget fin vis vejleder i de praktiske juridiske forhold.
På vegne af familierne Træholt og Fleischer.
Med Venlig Hilsen
Maria Teresa Velasco er en dygtig advokat med stort kendskab til juridiske forhold og lovgivningen i Spanien. Som person er hun en varm og behagelig spansk dame. Pga. hendes store erfaring med proceduren i bolighandel i Spanien, ved hun præcis, hvornår og hvilken vejledning og hvilke råd man skal have. I hele handles processen føler man at Maria Teresa støtter en både som advokat og som ven.
Kontorchefen passer klientens økonomi og regnskab meget omhyggeligt og kompetent. Hun er en eksemplarisk omhyggelig og høflig engelsk dame som har haft kontakt med os med klare informationer hele vejen igennem.
I den Skandinaviske afdeling er der Else Marie Hansen som arbejder på kontoret. Else er en meget omsorgsfuld og rar dansk dame, og det var faktisk hende der den første dag vi var hos vores advokat, kørte os til politistationen for at få vores N.I.E. nummer (meget vigtig nummer for at få lov til bolighandel i Spanien) og også til Notaren for at ordne fuldmagten til Maria Teresa.
Vi vil varmt og trygt anbefale Velasco Lawyers til dem, som ønsker en problemfri og sikker bolighandel i Spanien.
“We’d like to say ‘ … provided an outstanding, professional and friendly service’ and ‘…gave us independent and essential advice to make the property purchase pain free especially by the use of the Power of Attorney.'”
“When looking to purchase in Spain we were directed by the local bank manager to a well known and reputable lawyer based locally in the town. We were instantly impressed by the warm, pleasant and friendly service offered and found Maria Teresa Velasco acted in a highly professional and reputable manner. We consider ourselves lucky to have found a local, independent company offering a high level of service. We were informed at every stage of the purchase and the after sales service was worth its weight in gold. We would highly recommend Maria Teresa Velasco to anyone seeking a first class professional service.”
We have been looking for a property in Spain since January 2002. We started in Alicante and worked our way down the coast to Cadiz using all of my holidays from work. We read all the books and watched all of the “A place In the Sun” programmes. One thing became very clear; GET A GOOD LAWYER, one that will work for you. It wasn’t until October 2003 that we settled on our preferred location, Motril. Having found the property we needed a LAWYER. Panic set in. Where do we find an English speaking lawyer, in what is a very Spanish area? Had it been further down the coast near Malaga, no problem, but Motril! We were very lucky in that we stopped at Almunecar for coffee, where we were directed to the local free paper. Within this there was an article on a firm of Abogado’s, Velasco Lawyers. This company has an English secretary and an English speaking Abogado, the perfect combination. Whilst not working in the same way as an English lawyer, they have steered us through the buying (using a Power of Attorney), banking and Will process. They have also sent communications on our behalf where we found it difficult to reach Spanish companies. Well done Velasco Lawyers.!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for all the help and advice given to us in the recent purchase of our house in Spain. I consider myself fortunate in finding a lawyer in Spain, who gave me complete confidence in, not only dealing with all the legal matters concerning my house purchase ,the drafting of the POA, but the many other areas of setting up living in Spain. Once again many thanks for your efficient and approachable service.
This is just a little note to thank you for your continuing help over the past few years. I really could not have managed to survive in a business sense without your efforts and too in my personal life with buying my house. You truly do make a difference to the problems I have encountered while living and working here in Spain. It is nice to know that while taxes are always a headache, they are not my headache. Thanks especially to Maria without her help I would have suffered greatly. Regards and thanks again
We would like to thank you both for all your help and advice which made the purchase of the house trouble free for us. You helped us not only with understanding the purchase procedures but with setting up our bank account, instigating direct debits to pay all the monthly bills and in making our Spanish wills. Having been in business ourselves, we really appreciated being dealt with in such a friendly professional way.
When buying a property in Spain I was told by many people how important it is to find a good lawyer. To us Brits, this means one who speaks good English and, just as important, understands our culture……which is VERY different when it comes to buying and selling houses. I was lucky……but only on my 3rd lawyer! By the time I was introduced to Marie-Teresa I was very stressed, having been pretty much ignored by 2 other Spanish lawyers I had signed-up with. The casual attitude which is very Spanish can be very worrying when you are parting with large sums of money and signing contracts for larger sums of money, giving a power of attorney, yet not being entirely sure of what is happening. Thankfully, Marie Teresa made me feel very confident that my business was in the right hands and matters became straightforward. Well, as straightforward as they can be buying a house in Spain. They are efficient, friendly and sympathetic and you have no doubt that they will fight your corner, if need be. And communicate clearly to those of us whose Spanish is not yet as proficient as we would wish, so we understand fully what is happening .A stressful experience is made much less so. I recommend Velasco Lawyers to anyone buying in Costa Tropical or Granada. Instruct your lawyer, let them take the worry out of the situation, draft a Power of Attorney, and then be free to get on with other important things.
When we bought our house in Almunecar, we were told that in Spain it wasn’t absolutely necessary to use a solicitor but we decided it was better to have one. We haven’t regretted that decision. Maria Teresa really smoothed the way for us. It took less than two months from having our offer accepted to moving in. As well as handling the transaction, they dealt with changeover of the utilities and are still helping us with the inevitable problems which arise from time to time. They also drew up our Spanish wills. Our Spanish was non-existent, so the fact that Maria Teresa is fluent in English and Spanish was a huge help. We can, without hesitation, recommend Maria Teresa and her team. We can testify that they provide an excellent service for anyone buying a property in Spain.
A Brit abroad without the grasp of the local language is so vulnerable. After many years at the peak of my profession I thought I was capable of almost anything, until I arrived here in Spain. All my previous experience meant nothing when it came to buying a house, since the Spanish system is nothing like the English system of house purchase. We may think we know our way around but without the help of multi-linguistic professionals, we would be like putty in the hands of the unscrupulous estate agents and developers. Maria Teresa’s knowledge of law her helpful assistance has proven invaluable to me in the two property purchases that I have made, and securing of my residencia was made so simple. I shall always be so grateful to you both for your help, professionalism and most of all friendly approach to the problems I had – that you solved for me.
Anyone who tries to buy or sell a property in Spain with out a lawyer’s services must have more money then sense. The process is full of pitfalls delays and frustration. We were advised to contact Maria Teresa Velasco and her team by an estate agent and will always be grateful for that advice. Maria Teresa was always helpful, patient and efficient during the various delays we experienced when buying an apartment. They prepared and processed a pre-purchase contract which led to the property developer having to provide us with a rent-free flat for one mouth when our place wasn’t finished by the due date. We cannot thank them enough for their support, information and advice, and we fully recommend their services.
On coming to Spain to purchase our first property abroad, we were very pleased to have been introduced to Velasco Lawyers, who were not only helpful with the purchase of our property but arranged all the requirements with local authorities and also assisted with the purchase of a car. We would have no hesitation in recommending them for their first class service.
My wife and I first made contact with Maria Teresa Velasco during September 2003 when we considered it necessary to make a Will. We telephoned several lawyers offices concerning the securing of non residence, taxation, town council rates and assistance in dealing directly with the Spanish service industries before deciding that we would with Maria Teresa Velasco to handle all of our business affairs in Spain. We chose her because her command of the English Language was excellent and she showed us that she totally understood our delicate and private matters. She has an excellent knowledge of Spanish Laws enabling her to provide our new Will in both Spanish and English for our easy understanding. The final details were available to us within a few days of our initial approach and signed and completed in the Notary Office. These factors have contributed to allow us to be more relaxed to enjoy our home in Spain knowing that if a problem arose that we could not resolve ourselves, good efficient professional help is available to us to call upon for assistance”. “Nothing is too much trouble” for the clients of Maria Teresa Velasco.
I recently bought two properties in Spain and Velasco Lawyers were tremendously helpful throughout this process! As I live in Hong Kong I needed to find a legal partner on the ground in Spain who could help guide me through the complicated Spanish legal process! The expertise of Maria Teresa made the whole event a lot more straightforward and after engaging their services I was finally able to sit back and relax, knowing that they had everything under control. Velasco Lawyers are a professional and friendly firm; I would recommend their services and the use of a Power of Attorney, to anyone contemplating a purchase in the South of Spain
We have now purchased two properties in Spain. The first purchase was made without a lawyer, relying on the services of an Estate Agent and hoping that the Notary would ensure that all was well. It was not and there followed the most stressful three years of my life. During this time we appointed two different lawyers to try and sort out our problems. They never were and some of the sagas continue. When we sold our first house and purchased our next property we used Teresa at Velasco Lawyers. Everything went as smooth as silk. Not one hitch. Everything was done efficiently and with little fuss. Thank you both.
I arrived in Spain with my wife and children in late April 2003 with the hope of buying a holiday home and no previous experience in such an undertaking. 6 weeks later we had completed, and were the proud owners of a delightful home. The entire process was painless and was professionally executed on a tight schedule by Velasco Lawyers. I devolved Power of Attorney to them, and all transactions were completed without a great need for me to return to Spain until the final contract signing .It was obvious to see why the real estate company recommended her services. M. Teresa is fluent in English and is expertly supported by her English PA. They excel in responding promptly to your e-mails and concerns, and you quickly develop confidence in their ability to keep the process on course .Following on from this we have found their help in arranging utilities, setting up standing orders, arranging tax payments and drafting Wills Added to this they are delightful and polite. The fees are also competitive and we feel very reasonable.
We purchased our Spanish home in June 2004. The entire project has been totally trouble free and professional. This was entirely due to the help and support given to us by the Velasco team. The service and help they offered proved invaluable for my wife and I, neither of us had a great command of the Spanish language, therefore the linguistic skills and professional approach to arranging absolutely everything, from meeting the Notary, to setting up standing orders for the utilities, were all carried out by Teresa, we contributed very little! It was all done for us. Large purchases, such as foreign homes need to be conducted by people who have a through knowledge of the local language, local laws and regulatory bodies. It is absolutely essential to fully understand each phase of the process as it unfolds, therefore a law firm that actually employs English speaking people is invaluable, and I believe the offices of Velasco to have been instrumental in ensuring that our new home in Spain has been the success it has been.