Business in Europe – Spain and Romania vs the United States: How to Open a Limited Liability Company

Most people creating a small business opt for the legal structure of a limited liability company (LLC). But why is this company structure so popular and where can it become most profitable?
The United States requires no minimum capital for the startup of an LLC, however in Europe in countries such as Spain and Romania have considerably lower tax rates. To determine advantages and disadvantages in various regions worldwide we must first understand the legal specificalities of an LLC in each selected country. In this article, we will draw a comparison between two European states, Spain and Romania, and the U.S. [read more]

Physical Assault – how to denounce it, types of assault and domestic violence

The Spanish criminal law defines assault as any type of harmfulness which impairs one’s physical or mental health. Article 147.1 from the Penal Code differentiates the types of assault based on the medical treatment received by the victim and therefore, highlights the penalties correspondent to each category type: “the one that, through any means, impairs the bodily or mental integrity of a person, will be held liable, as the criminal, with a penalty of imprisonment from 3 months to 3 years or a fine from 6 to 12 months, given the assault objectively imposes a medical or surgical treatment for the victim’s health, in addition to an initial, voluntary medical consultation. [read more]

How to set up a company in Spain as an expat? (QA)

Are you thinking to start a business in Spain?
Check the most popular QA!
Do I need a NIE number for starting a business in Spain?
Yes, you need to have a valid NIE number. Each foreigner must obtain the Identification Number in order to open a business in Spain. The NIE is the most important document in order to freely operate in Spain. [read more]

Divorce in Spain: this is what you need to know – 8 FAQs Answered

You just need to make sure that:
– You have been married for at least 3 months
– You have lived in Spain for more than 6 months before the separation. You must provide the evidence for this, like your town hall registration (empadronamiento)
– One of the two members of the couple is a Spanish national or Spanish resident
– Other citizens can also divorce as long as the last marital home has been established in Spain [read more]

Coronavirus disinformation. Consequences and prevention

From the original claim that the virus spread through bat-soup, to “it does not help to wash your hands” or “the Coronavirus is only a danger to the elder people” – these are untrue affirmations that potentially put lives at risk… [read more]

Announcement regarding the quarantine of the persons who arrive in Spain from foreign countries

Starting from today, 15th of May of 2020, a Spanish ministerial Order enters in force and establishes that the people traveling from abroad have to keep a quarantine of 14 days after their arrival in Spain, always during the coronavirus crisis.
The Order SND 403/2020 mentions that all of those who internationally travel outside Spain must respect the two weeks quarantine when they return, and also details its conditions… [read more]

Legal considerations on the Spanish Ministerial Order SND/370/2020, which regulates the movement of children and its conditions, in the context of coronavirus

The 26th of April has been the first day in which the kids could finally go out during the active state of emergency, and even if prevention indications have been imposed, we have all witnessed the little ones playing football, and their parents conversations in large groups of people, which should not happen and more than that, it is not legal.. [read more]

Legal aspects regarding child custody during Spanish confinement

Should the separated parents still respect the visiting schedule of their child imposed by the Judge? How is the custody issue handled during the state of emergency? The lawyers from Barcelona, Marin& Pasalodos, are keeping you informed. [read more]

Tricky clauses in a contract

Signing a contract should be an exciting moment, whether you’re signing a new client, buying a house or purchasing a service. However, it may be devastating if you fail to carefully review all its clauses, in order to completely understand the legal consequences that will affect you.
To help you avoid getting scammed, Barcelona lawyers of Marin&Pasalodos advise you to be alert, read the document more times and pay attention to the following: [read more]

The new law regulating rentals in Spain

The law firm Marin&Pasalodos wants to inform you on the changes brought by the new decree of property renting, as many of our foreign clients have shown massive interest in moving to Barcelona. The appeal to live in Barcelona is as powerful as ever, not just because of its evident lifestyle advantages, but also thanks to its expanding reputation as a major nerve center for tech industries and innovative start-ups. Let’s take a look at the rental scene, as it tries to meet demand from growing numbers of businesspersons choosing to settle in the Catalan capital, Barcelona, or from individuals that simply decide to relocate and live in the city of Gaudi.In March 2019, the new law concerning property renting came into force in Spain. We will point out the key aspects of Real-Decreto 7/2019. [read more]

About Habeas Corpus and Illegal Detention

Habeas Corpus is a procedure that has the purpose to quickly verify if the detention of a citizen was illegal. In the Spanish Constitution, this form is regulated in the 4th paragraph of article 17: Habeas Corpus is configured as a right of the detainee, who may request to the Court, from the moment of his detention, to determine within a maximum period of 24 hours whether his detention has been carried out under the legally established conditions or not.It is really important to know that being taken into detention without any cause is not the only reason to invoke this procedure. [read more]

Illegal actions that Security Guards perform

There are quite many situations in which private security agents exceed their powers. Barcelona law office Marin&Pasalodos invites you to read this article and keep yourself informed about what are the actual tasks of security guards, what are they allowed to do and what they cannot. This way, you will know whether you have the right to refuse to comply with their instructions, or you must indeed do as they indicate; the Spanish Law 5/2014 establishes the regulations concerning private security. [read more]

Replacing prison penalty with expulsion

The Spanish Criminal Code regulates the situation in which a foreign citizen has been convicted to a penalty behind bars in Spain, but, under certain conditions, this imprisonment can be replaced with the expulsion from the Spanish territory.
Article 89 of the Criminal Code states that prison sentences of more than one year applied to a foreign citizen will be replaced with the expulsion of the citizen from the Spanish territory. [read more]

The establishment of Limited Liability Companies (LLC) in Spain

Given the fact that many of our clients have contacted the Barcelona law office Marin&Pasalodos regarding legal consultations on the procedure of establishing a Limited Liability Company (LLC) on the territory of Spain, we have decided to highlight the main implications of this process, as it would be useful for those interested to start a business in Spain. In addition to this, more and more persons that own businesses in The United Kingdom have contacted us lately, taking into consideration the current political situation of the Brexit, and the consequences that this will have on their commercial operations. [read more]