What is the cost of buying a property in Cyprus?

There are huge financial benefits to buying a property in Cyprus. Property prices in Cyprus are incredibly low – you can bag yourself a studio apartment in Paphos for as little as €30,000! There are also fantastic tax benefits available for property owners with no inheritance tax in Cyprus and for those who are retired, […]

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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 […]