When I bought a property in Spain, I did as everyone tells you to, and made a Spanish will (with a Spanish solicitor) to cover everything I had/owned in Spain, had it signed at the notary and put it away.
On seeing a different solicitor recently he offered to check my will was correct for me.
He told me it was not correct and would in fact block the transfer of my property rather than speed it up, and I would be better not to have a will rather than the one I had got.
He told me;
I was not allowed in Spain to have a benefactor as an executor of the will. (As we would in the UK)
He said that it should be a Spanish lawyer who should be the executor as only he could deal with all the legal formalities.
Someone else then told me that in Spain you do not have an executor at all! Getting completely confused I wrote the British Embassy who on there site suggest going to a solicitor, but if the solicitors info conflict who do you trust? They pointed me to the Notary site, which has not helped me much.http://www.notariado.org
I have now made a new will but worry that having a Spanish solicitor as an executor is not right, as I would never do that in the UK. I asked how much he would charge for being the executor and he said he could not tell me as I might be around in 30 yrs. time. I asked what happened if he died, he said he would not!!
If the Notary signed the first will and it was not correct surly they would have said it was wrong?
Can anyone help advise me what to do? tell me what your exp has been?