If you already live in Spain you will almost certainly understand the need for a good Spanish Gestoria. Every aspect of life and business revolves around Spain’s predilection for generating paperwork. Simple tasks such as Transferring your Car in Spain are simplified with the help of a Gestoria.
Gestoria’s are agents who mediate between you and public administration. In the UK for example you would register your own car or submit your own taxes, in Spain a Gestoria will handle all of this for you. A good Gestoria in Spain understands the Spanish administrative system and he or she will know exactly who to speak to ultimately saving you a great deal of time and money.
These individuals or companies specialise in different areas of administration and you will find most people or Business’s in Spain have more than one Gestoria. Some Gestoria’s will help you with Registering at Town Halls in Spain, Applying for Residencia in Spain, pre-purchase Spanish Property Searches, English Passport Renewals and other aspects of everyday life.
If you are Moving to the Costa del Sol for example, contact a Gestoria for guidance before you arrive. Many Gestoria’s on the Costa del Sol are bi-lingual offering Translation Services for Ex-Pats. Their advice will save you time and money in the long run. Importing English Cars, Caravans, Motor Cycles and Boats to Spain can be a lengthy and costly process. Discussing your requirements before hand will undoubtedly point you in the right direction.
Some paperwork in Spain must be submitted by the individual in person, such as Applications for Residencia in Spain. However, a Gestoria will be able to help you by pre-checking your paperwork before you set off to the Comisaria in Malaga for example. For added security Gestoria’s will accompany you to offices acting as a Spanish Translator if required.
A Gestor in Spain can handle the Transfer of Houses at the Notario or help with your taxes, but please be aware that some of these functions may best be handled by an Spanish Abogados (Solicitor) or Spanish Economista (Accountant) depending on the complexity or the individual’s situation.
Gestoria’s Fees in Spain are not usually very high and are well worth paying especially if you are new to the Spanish system of bureaucracy. Make sure you understand the costs involved and get a quotation for the work required. Most Gestoria’s in Andalucia for example charge similar rates although shopping around for prices is advised.
So contact your chosen Gestoria’s in Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola or Marbella and get your paperwork inspected. Be prepared to queue when you get to that particular office that requires your presence, this unfortunately is another Spanish predilection. If everything runs smoothly and your paperwork gets stamped to death, who knows, you may even consider opening your own Gestoria’s in Southern Spain.