Legal and administrative support

As an entrepreneur in a foreign country, you must surround yourself with the best professionals to ensure that your business is in good hands. As for being the head of a business, you should learn in detail how the administrative and legal operations function in your new country. To allow you to select the best employees, read on here to learn exactly about their roles and how they can help you.

The administrative role: the gestor (manager)

The role of manager is to take control of the administrative processes vital to the company's management. Assigning the role of gestor is not entirely essential but it can prove very useful since Spanish administration procedures often seem to be endless.

In addition to this, the manager works with his own contacts and his legal assistance can help you save valuable time. The first thing your manager should do is check with the Technical Department within your local council to verify that your business activity is permitted in the area. Once this has been taken care of, you will need a form to request a permit.

The finance and taxation role: the accountant

The financial advisor will explain everything you need to know in terms of the tax obligations of your business and he can even arrange your accounts on site. You will be able to find English accounting firms in large cities like Madrid and Barcelona. The accountant will handle the monthly and annual statements through audit and internal controls as well as an analysis of depreciation and amortization. They can also help you to optimise your fiscal management to lower your premiums and increase the profitability of your company.

The legal role: the lawyer

Finding a lawyer who specialises in entrepreneurship is highly recommended in order to ensure your rights and your duties in Spain. To choose a good lawyer, contact other companies in your industry for recommendations of the most efficient professionals. Lawyers in Spain must be registered in the Register of Lawyers (Colegio de Abogados). If your lawyer can help you to manage your business, they should take care of all your procedures, starting with a check that the name you want to assign to your company does not already exist in the Mercantile Registry as well as reviewing contracts and so on. When the forms are completed to an appropriate stage, your lawyer will arrange an appointment to sign with a notary and then take care of registering your company on your behalf at the tax offices and in terms of social security.

The legal assistance role: the notary

Under Spanish law, a notary must be involved in any property transaction, marriage, wills, establishment of limited liability companies and the purchase or sale of a business. In theory, there is no different between different notaries since they are all officials and provide the same service under the same laws and charge the same prices. However, you should know that most of the documents you present to notary will go through an official translation.

Some forms of legal and administrative assistance :

? Research Insurance: Insurance in Spain is a necessary security for both private individuals and companies. ? The composition of documents and trading permits. For example, if you want to launch yourself into the industry of import export, you will need a certificate of origin in Spain. ? Within daily life at a company, it is not uncommon to one day be faced with a dispute and the intervention of a lawyer can be helpful in resolving such a disagreement between an employer and an employee or between a supplier and a customer.

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