In 2005 the Spanish Law changed enabling gay couples to marry giving them the same rights as heterosexual couples, which, for example, means they will receive widower’s pensions on the death of their partner.
Having said this, however, should there be no will in place your partner would receive nothing, as under Spanish Law, which states compulsory heirs, two thirds of the estate must be left to your descendants. Should there be no descendants then to your ascendants. You could only leave your partner one third of the estate. In the case that you have no blood relatives, then the state would get the lot!
The good news is that if you are British, then you can have a will drawn up according to UK law, whereby you have the right to leave your assets to whom you wish. This means that married or not, your partner will be fully covered on your demise.
We recommend that if you have assets in the UK, you should also have an English will drawn up too. The reason for separate wills being that it makes probate much easier to deal with, and ultimately if you are a property owner on the Costa Blanca, UK law states that in Probate the law of country in which the assets are located is applicable, so if the property is in Spain, then this must be dealt with under Spanish Probate Law.
Drawing up a will in Spain really is a simple process, and saves so much confusion at a later date.
If you are planning to marry in Spàin we can assist you will the the necessary formalities to ensure that your Special Day goes without a hitch. When it comes to planning your reception we have an excellent Wedding Planner who can achieve small miracles when it come to “Over the top” parties. Nothing is too small or large for us. Our aim is to ensure that you have the Day of your life.