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  • the seller;
  • their legal representative;
  • the real estate agent;
  • the public notary;
  • the land registry;
  • utility companies;
  • the city hall where the purchase is being made;
  • the banks; and in some cases,
  • the local courts (in an insolvency or executive judicial process);
  • regional authorities (mainly in rural assets);
  • the seller’s neighbours (they may even have something to say in some legal rights of first refusal).

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A legal dispute is a difference that concerns rights and liabilities in law and which is resolved by the judicial process.

Legal advice is necessary even during the early stage. There are a number of traps for the unwary which if not avoided could affect the outcome of the dispute. The areas of professional action are comprehensive, accompanying linked to forensic performance, so all engage in litigation, namely:

  • Civil disputes
  • Criminal Law
  • Business Law
  • Administrative law
  • Divorce Proceedings


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Sephardic Jews citizenship, Golden Visa Program and Tax regime for non-habitual residents

Sephardic Jews citizenship:

According to the recent amendment to the Regulation of Portuguese Nationality (Decree-law n.º30-A/2015), published in the Official Journal on February 27th 2015, the Portuguese Government may grant Portuguese nationality by naturalization to the descendants of Sephardic Portuguese Jews through the attestation of their links to Sephardic communities of Portuguese origin, namely, surnames, family speaking language and direct or indirect descent FAQ


Golden Visa Residence Permit Programme:

The rules governing the granting of Residence Permit for Investment (ARI / Golden Visa), in force from 8 October 2012, enable third country nationals to obtain a temporary residence permit to conduct business activities with visa waiver to enter national territory. FAQ


Tax regime for non-habitual residents:

The Investment Tax Code (TIT), created by Decree-Law n.º 249/2009, approved on September 23rd, implemented a Personal Income tax system for the non-regular resident , with the purpose of attracting to Portugal non resident professionals qualified for activities with high added value intellectual or industrial propriety or know-how, as well as beneficiaries of pension schemes granted abroad. FAQ


Also see: “Europe’s best  kept secret Individual Taxation” by 


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– Family businesses

– Divorce

– Inheritance tax

– Marriage (pre-nuptial agreements)

– Wills & Succession

We deal with the issues of making a will and will attend outside the office and outside office hours as may be necessary. The office can also provide a document translation and interpretation service if required.

Portuguese wills are different from British wills as they are formally drawn up at the notary with two independent witnesses and a translator if not fluent in the language. This is mandatory by law, and…

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