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Recommended Lawyers in Portugal

Do you need to instruct a lawyer in Portugal?

If you have a legal issue relating to Portuguese law you will usually need to instruct a lawyer in Portugal to assist.

Whether you need a Portuguese lawyer for a property purchase/sale in Portugal, a Portuguese inheritance matter or business transaction you will want to instruct the best lawyers in Portugal to assist you with your particular legal matter, but it can be hard to know who to choose.

Unless you have a recommendation for a reputable English-speaking Portuguese lawyer it can be difficult to know how to find a suitable lawyer in Portugal to assist you.

Fortunately, Worldwide Lawyers can help!

Worldwide Lawyers can put you in touch with a recommended English-speaking lawyer in Portugal who will provide you with a no-obligation quote. Contact us on 01244 470 339 or email us at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk.

We have provided some guidance below to point you in the right direction when choosing a Portuguese lawyer. You can of course just contact Worldwide Lawyers for details of a recommended English-speaking lawyer in Portugal!

All of Worldwide Lawyers’ recommended Portuguese lawyers satisfy the following criteria. Before instructing any lawyer in Portugal, you should check that there are:

  • Registered: You should check that your Portuguese lawyer is registered with the Portuguese law society. Ask for their registration number and ensure that you check this.
  • Experienced: Not all lawyers in Portugal do the same type of legal work. You will therefore need to ensure that your Portuguese lawyer has the relevant experience to assist you with your legal matter.
  • English-speaking: Your lawyer in Portugal should be fluent in both English and Portuguese so that you will be able to understand the advice you are paying for.
  • Recommended: Ideally it would be good to have personal recommendation from someone who has used the Portuguese lawyer before and can recommend their services. Worldwide Lawyers obtain feedback from other people who have previously instructed our recommended lawyers in Portugal to get their feedback and recommendations.
  • Independent: It is extremely important to make sure that your Portuguese lawyer is not in any way connected to the seller, estate agent or property developer (if dealing with a property transaction) or any other parties in your case. So steer clear from recommendations from estate agents, developers, sellers or the party on the other side of your transaction!

If you need advice in relation to Portuguese law, Worldwide Lawyers can put you in touch with a recommended English-speaking Portuguese lawyer who has the relevant experience to assist you.

We can put you in touch with a Turkish lawyer who can assist with any of the following areas of law:

If you need a lawyer in Portugal, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01244 470 339 or email us at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk 

Our friendly and experienced team will be able to discuss your requirements with you and, if required, put you in touch with a suitable Portuguese law firm to provide you with a no-obligation quote for their services.

Our lawyers can assist all over Portugal including Lisbon, Algarve, Madeira, Porto Santo, Central Portugal, Porto (Oporto)….

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New EU Succession Regulations To Affect Foreign Wills And Cross-Border Estates

Anyone who has been involved in cross-border inheritance or estate planning will be aware that it is a complex process especially when someone owns property in more than one country. This is because the various assets in the same estate can be subject to the laws of different countries.

However new regulations are due to come into force on 17th August 2015 which are intended to harmonise the differing, and sometimes conflicting, laws of the EU countries in relation to the succession of assets.

The intended effect of the new European Succession Regulations (Regulations) is to make things less complicated so that instead of different laws of different countries applying to different assets, just one country’s laws will govern the succession of all the assets in the deceased’s estate.

So which country’s laws will be applied?

The default position is that the law of the country in which the deceased has their habitual residence at the time of death will apply and will govern the succession of the whole worldwide estate.

People will however be able to opt for the laws of the country of their nationality (or one of their nationalities if multiple) to apply to their estate instead by properly setting this out in their will.

The Regulations also state that the law chosen does not need to be the law of another EU Member State. This would therefore enable, for example, an Australian national who is habitually resident in Spain to choose Australian law to apply to his estate.

It is important to note however that these regulations deal with the laws of succession only i.e. who inherits the assets of the estate. It does not deal with any tax matters, including inheritance tax. National law will continue to determine how inheritance tax is calculated and whether it is the estate or the beneficiary who is liable for the payment of the tax.

All EU countries will apply these regulations with the exception of the UK, Ireland and Denmark who have opted out. Although the UK is therefore not a signatory to these regulations, the regulations are still of considerable relevance to UK residents and nationals with assets in participating EU countries.

After 17 August 2015, an English national (for example) will be able to create a Will that stipulates that English law is to apply to his/her entire worldwide estate, including property in other participating EU member states. As such, any EU member state which is a signatory to the regulation would be required not to apply its own succession rules to those assets, and apply English succession law instead.

Often we get asked if will therefore still be necessary to make a separate will covering the assets of each country. Our advice is always to seek the advice of a properly qualified lawyer to advise you, as the position may be different dependent on each individual’s circumstances. They may also be additional benefits to having more than one will when it comes to the practicality of administering your estate.

The Regulations also provide for the issue of a European Certificates of Succession. This is a document similar to a Grant of Probate and provides proof of who is entitled to the assets of the estate. The ECS will be issued by the authorities of the participating Member State in which the deceased was habitually resident and will be recognized by all of the participating Member States.

For example, the beneficiaries of a Spanish National, who dies habitually resident in France, with assets in France, Italy and Spain will be able to deal with all the assets on the basis of the one Certificate which will be recognised not only in the country issuing it (France) but also (in this example) Italy and Spain.

However because the UK has not opted in to the Regulations it is not bound by them or subject to their application. Therefore where a UK national who is habitually resident in France has chosen UK law to apply to his estate it may still be necessary to obtain a UK grant of probate to administer any UK assets.

If you require any advice in relation to these new Regulations and how they may affect you or if you need assistance with making a Will contact Worldwide Lawyers who can put you in touch with a lawyer to advise you.

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