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Do I need a notary or a lawyer when buying a property in Italy?

There is often confusion about whether you need a lawyer or just a notary (notaio) when buying a property in Italy. It can be tempting to cut corners and save a money on hiring an Italian lawyer (avvocato) when buying a property in Italy, as people often mistakenly believe that the notaio performs the same function as a lawyer. The […]

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Buying a property in Spain – Do I need a lawyer?

We’re often asked whether you need a Spanish lawyer when buying a property in Spain or whether you can just use a notary – notario – to complete a property purchase in Spain. The answer is you need both! What does a Spanish lawyer do that the notario doesn’t? The role of the notario in Spain is essential to complete a […]

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Resealing a UK Grant of Probate in Gibraltar

When dealing with the estate of someone who owned assets in Gibraltar, to administer the Gibraltar estate you must either obtain a Grant of Probate in Gibraltar or make an application for the grant to be ‘resealed’, to allow the assets to be transferred to the beneficiaries or sold. As Gibraltar is a British overseas territory, thanks to […]

International surrogacy

What do you need to know about international surrogacy? 

Surrogacy is an emotive and complex matter, and international surrogacy can present additional unique legal, ethical and risk-management challenges. However, restrictions to commercial surrogacy arrangements in England and Wales combined with lower medical expenses and a greater availability of women abroad who are willing to act as surrogates compared to the UK, means that using a […]

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Can I claim for food poisoning abroad?

Following a 500 per cent rise in holiday sickness claims, according to The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), there has been a clamp down on fake holiday sickness claims. Under new rules, similar controls relating to personal injury cases, will apply to for holidaymakers seeking compensation.  The legal costs that can be claimed in […]