Thomas and Danielle “going native” in Calpe, Spain

I am delighted to invite you to follow the blog blog.bouman.io. “Our adventures in Caspe”.
It is made by Thomas and Danielle, a young Dutch couple who bought a property in Caspe, Spain. I had the priviledge of being their lawyer / solicitor for the house purchase, www,hugolawyer.com; and witnessing the energy and enthusiasm both had for the project. It is a real and inspirational story, not only of people looking for a place in the sun, but also of people trying to make a living and positive impact in their new place, sustainable, eco-friendly. I am not sure if applies to “grand design” project in the terms of the size of the construction; but the fact that it is done by them, foreigners, with no previous experience, makes it a real challenge, and a real adventure.

Good luck, and the very best my friends.

Power of attoney formalized from New Zealand to be used in Spain

To formalize a Power of Attorney with the Spanish Consular authorities in New Zealand, you will have to come to Wellington in person.


Honorary Consular Offices do not have this ability. Such acts can only take place at the Consular Posts, as you must sign it in the presence of the Consul.


There is, however, an alternative route. You could go before a notary public of New Zealand and sign the Power of Attorney. Then you must send that POA to the Department of Internal Affairs of New Zealand (Department of Internal Affairs http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf) for appropriate translation into Spanish and to be sealed with The Hague Apostille. The Apostille gives validity to the document to be used in Spain.


If you finally decide to grant the power here with us, you must send: a) a scanned copy of the draft of the POA (you should get this draft from your lawyer in Spain), this scanned copy must be in WORD DOCUMENT. b) a scanned copy of your passport or ID card c) a scanned copy of passport or ID of the person you want to grant power.


With all this, you would be given an appointment, according to the availability of the Consul to appear and sign. At the time of appearance, you must bring your identity card or passport and pay the appropriate fee (the fee will vary according to the length of the document).



Catalonia has been named top large region in fDi’s European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19 ranking for its FDI Strategy

Catalonia has been named top large region in fDi’s European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19 ranking for its FDI Strategy, with Greater Copenhagen topping the table for mid-sized regions and Greater Helsinki first of all small regions. Cathy Mullan reports.

As Catalonia scoops the FDI Strategy award for a large region, local investment agency Catalonia Trade & Investment (CT&I) is tasked with attracting financial support and promoting the region to companies around the world. Supported by a strong team, the agency has an international vision and prioritises its efforts by countries, top sectors and the types of investment.

To read more about the press, please click HERE.