Finding details of my Father’s property

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    Hi All, my dad had a property in Spain and sadly he has passed away. I don’t know the address of it, but i was wondering if there is any way of finding out who was on the deeds etc by just using his full name?

    Many thanks

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    Mark Stücklin

    Beckyboo, I don’t think it’s possible to get a simple registry filing (nota simple) without knowing the address, or at least the area where the property is located so you can identify which registry office you should enquire to. However, I’ll double check this and let you know if there is a way to get a nota simple with just a full name.

    If you have an address this is where you do your search online for a nota simple:

  • #192362


    Thanks very much Mark for your help. I do have a rough idea of the area, unfortunately i never got the chance to visit the property. I know it is in Los Alcazares, Murcia, but that is all the info i have i’m afraid. I am desperately trying to see if i can find the address from a family member, but it’s proving to be quite difficult.

  • #192396

    Mark Stücklin

    Hi Becky, correction, you can search just using a full name. The problem is you might get too many results if it’s a common name, though I’m guessing an English name helps to reduce the search results. The online registry office is here, not the link I gave above, which is just for finding your local registry office. The problem is the online office is only in Spanish, quite complicated to use, and you have to pay. A lawyer or gestor should be able to help though.

  • #192406

    You can access the Land Registry online and the site is also in English. You get only search results with the name of your father plus his NIE-number.

  • #192418


    Thanks so much Mark for all your help.

    I have managed to locate the full address of my father’s holiday home, so i now just need to get a copy of the Nota Simple.

    I am very sorry to bug you, but i have another question.

    Is there any way i can get a copy of my father’s will or find out if he had a Spanish will?

    No-body seems to know if had one or not



  • #192426

    Mark Stücklin

    Hi Becky, yes, there is a way to find out if your father made a Spanish will. See point 4 of this guide by Raymundo Larraín:

    Non-Resident Home Owners in Spain – Making a Spanish Will

    4. Spanish wills are stored safely at no extra charge. On you making a Spanish will you will be given only a “copia simple” (simple copy) or “copia autorizada”. The original is stored by the Notary in his files for record. The Notary will send off to Madrid the details of this will to a registry known as “Registro General de Actos de Última Voluntad” (Central Registry of Last Wills) for safekeeping. Your beneficiaries can always request an authorised copy (“copia autorizada”) of the testator’s last will from the Notary who witnessed it. You can always know before which Notary it was made (if you happen not to know it) by means of requesting a “Certificado de Últimas Voluntades” from the aforementioned Central Registry of Last Wills. It’s just an A4 sized sheet of paper from the Ministry of Justice with the seal of the said registry which specifies which Spanish Notary witnessed the last will and the date on which it was made. The latest will always overrule any prior will unless specified otherwise.

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