4.7 million foreigners live in Spain. In 2015, more than 580,000 of them conducted nearly 640,000 acts with a notary, a similar trend to that registered in the first ten months of this year. The average number of acts executed represents around 8% of the total for the whole country. The most requested notary services are powers of attorney, property transactions, business related acts and wills. Where are these nationals from? Nearly two out of every ten notary acts are conducted by Britons, far ahead of their Romanian and German counterparts. And where are these notary acts carried out? In Valencia, Andalusia and Catalonia. For all of them, the General Council of Notaries has recently distributed material in English in order to allow for greater understanding of how using a notary can be beneficial.
“What should you know before buying a property?”, “The advantages of making a will before a notary” and “Notaries and their services” are three of the leaflets produced in conjunction with a video (http://cort.as/p7SR) on notary advisory services as well as a website http://www.notariado.org/liferay/en/web/notariado/home. As these materials explain, all foreigners who use Spanish notaries must leave the notary office fully informed of the stipulations within the contract they are going to sign or the actions they are going to carry out. To this end, they can rely on the free and impartial consultation provided by the notary they choose.