COMMITTED TO PERSONAL SERVICE
In the more than 50 years we have been providing legal and tax advice, we have learned that not all our clients have the same concerns. So we not only offer a comprehensive, professional service, we are also especially committed to providing a personal service to our clients. We build relationships based on trust and that has a positive effect on the results our clients need.
Are you an agency that handles administrative procedures?
No, the Fandos Law Firm is not an agency of that kind. We offer and provide management and accountancy services for any kind of business but that always goes hand-in-hand with the legal and tax advice that is essential in our sector. In-depth, coordinated knowledge of the legal regulations, combined with experience, are the cornerstones of the way we work, avoiding present and future problems. Since regulations are constantly changing and becoming increasingly complex, especially in recent years, nowadays a mere agency service is not enough to guarantee professionalism. Actually, it tends to be people and companies who thought they were doing things correctly that have a lot of problems.
Would you recommend having several different firms handle different cases involving a single person or company?
Generally speaking, no. Certain aspects of business are closely connected to one another: accounts, tax affairs, commercial matters, personal taxation … Although each professional must have their own practice area, it is highly advisable for them to work together and not only coordinate with one another but also have an overview of the client’s needs at all times. The advantage of our firm is that we have professionals who specialise in each of these areas but who are constantly aware of what their colleagues are doing, even if they work in a different field. We work as a team and there is a constant flow of information between us, which enables us to provide comprehensive, coordinated and complete advice to our clients. Our advice generally covers issues that affect both companies and the businesspeople themselves. We also have trusted colleagues we can bring in from outside when necessary, who coordinate their work with us just like we do internally, for more specific areas that occasionally arise.
Do you provide advice on negotiations?
Of course. Legal, tax and even financial aspects are an essential part of negotiating any kind of deal. If you are looking to purchase or sell property (even just an apartment), we are aware of all the ins and outs you need to watch out for, take account of and protect yourself against. Indirect taxation on all kinds of property transactions is particularly complex and that is one of the fields we specialise in.
Does the concept of tax planning really exist?
It certainly does. Choosing to invest or divest in one way or another, or structuring a person’s financial affairs so as to minimise the tax payable by their business, themselves or their future heirs, is completely legitimate and legal. In fact, not being aware of how the various regulations interact with one another is what often results in taxes being payable. By that time it is already too late to take action. Good tax planning is essential to prevent this. The only enemy in this context is unforeseeable changes to legislation although, generally speaking, there tend to be rumours before changes take place, which gives you some room for manoeuvre.
Are you also able to advise people who do not live in Spain?
Absolutely. Not living in Spain does not mean you do not have tax obligations here if you are involved in certain transactions in our country. These could be property investments (of which there has been a surge in recent times), buying or selling goods, online sales, setting up branches or even companies, hiring of employees by a foreign company … All these involve tax and legal obligations, whether VAT, non-resident income tax and even inheritance or gift tax in the future. Our firm knows all about this field and we are well-used to working with foreign clients. We also offer the advantage of being able to serve you in English or French without any difficulty, which foreign clients tend to appreciate.
What makes you different to other firms?
We essentially take a personal approach. We get very involved and interact personally and naturally with our clients. We like them to feel comfortable and well looked after. Commitment is the foundation of what we do. We handle cases with care, as if they were our own: there is a person behind every transaction or business deal. We regard that human aspect as an essential part of the rigour and knowledge that our profession requires: no-one is just a number. We take great effort to build trust: we would like all our clients to become our friends or at least see us as such.
We also have long-standing, extensive experience in all the areas we handle, which is a guarantee of results and professionalism: we know what we are doing.