It is quite normal to hire a lawyer when a problem arises, in other words, as a responsive gesture. However, it is not so common to do so to prevent or anticipate a complication which might lead to some unpleasant surprises.
When buying a property to use either as a family home, holiday home or as an investment, we cannot proceed the same way as when we purchase ordinary consumer goods; prior research is advisable, because if it does not meet expectations, it is not as simple as asking for our money back by showing the receipt.
A lawyer can review the property’s legal situation, checking if unauthorised modifications have been made and the chances of having them legalized; community finances and if any extra payments are due; the property’s planning status and any possible modifications it might be subject to; financial liabilities for which the owner is responsible, and which may not appear on the land register, etc.
What’s more, a lawyer can offer advice on costs arising from the acquisition of property, not only taxes and duties to be paid upon purchase, but also fiscal obligations for homeowners or those derived from any subsequent conveyance.
An expert conveyance lawyer will revise the deeds to be signed before a notary, ensuring that they not only comply with current legislation but also protecting the buyer from possible hidden flaws which may have passed undetected at the time of purchase.
If you are thinking of buying a new property and are unaware of its condition, contact the professionals at Agote Diez Abogados who will revise its legal status and offer advice regarding any doubts or queries which may arise.