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EU Citizens in Spain
Information on Legal Issues
Thursday, 26 August 2010

This seven page booklet published, in English, by the Ministry of the Interior  covers all the regulations governing EU citizens living temporarily or permanently in Spain.

Click here to read or download this booklet in PDF format.  (2.29 MB)

For further information see the Ministry of the Interior  website.

Certificado de Antecedentes Penales
Information on Legal Issues
Monday, 25 January 2010


If you are a resident in Spain and need to apply for a Spanish police certificate this is the quickest route on how to do it.
Certificado de Antecedentes Penales = a certificate of any criminal convictions etc - like the CRB checks in UK

Modelo 790

Download the 3 page pdf form from the Spanish Ministry of Justice here http://www.mjusticia.es/ use the search box for modelo 790.

Fill in the details, including the reason why you need the certificate. Take it to any bank and pay el importe 3.47€
Make sure all 3 pages are stamped by the bank. They keep 1 page.

The nearest Ministerio de Justicia is in Sevilla:
SEVILLA (Cádiz, Ceuta, Córdoba, Huelva, Sevilla)
Plza. de España, s/n. Torre Norte, 2.º, 41013 SEVILLA
Open 9am-2pm on weekdays

Voting in Spain
Information on Legal Issues
Saturday, 04 July 2009

If you are registered as a resident of Chiclana, you are entitled to vote at Local and European Parliament elections.

To be registered you need a ‘Volante de Empadronamiento’ which is obtained from the Ayuntamiento office at present located at 3 Calle de la Plaza. Take your Escritura, N.I.E. and passport for each individual and they will issue the certificates.

At the same time you can ask for a ‘Reclamacion al Censo Electoral’ to be completed which is your application to be included on the electoral roll for ‘foreigners’.

You will be notified by the Council as to which Polling Station to attend but at the time of an election, you will need to check that you are included on the ‘foreigner’ list posted at the Polling Station, if not, ask to be directed to the ‘official office’ which is open on the day of voting to deal with any problems.

Contesting Endesa Fines
Information on Legal Issues
Saturday, 24 January 2009




Juan Antonio of Temple Cambria, the Association’s legal advisor, has provided the following summary of the law relating to the fines which Endesa have been imposing upon some householders who have recently been provided with electricity meters. The fines are claimed to be in respect of electricity which has been “stolen” before the meters were installed (ie electricity which has been used before a legal connection is made).

Wills and Inheritance Tax
Information on Legal Issues
Sunday, 09 November 2008


An introduction

All adults should make a will (testamento), irrespective of how large or small their assets (each spouse should make a separate will). If a foreigner dies without a will (intestate) in Spain, his estate may be automatically disposed of under Spanish law and the law regarding compulsory heirs applied.

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