Maria Luisa Castro

Director and Founder

Expertise: All aspects of Residency, Family, Real Estate and Commercial Law in Spain

Education: University of Seville, Catholic University of America, University of Navarra

Highlights

  • Leading expat lawyer in Spain
  • Proud to be recommended by the UK and Irish embassies
  • Winner of a landmark sentence in 2012 in Spain’s high court against off-plan property developer’s banks, paving the way for thousands of claims against irregular building and banking practices.
  • Registered Lawyer number 2745 of the Cadiz Bar Association and is licensed to practice in all areas of law throughout Spain.
  • Languages – English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Experience

María founded CostaLuz Lawyers in 2006 and is the Firm’s Director. María is registered Lawyer number 2745 of the Cadiz Bar Association and is licensed to practice in all areas of law throughout Spain. Working closely with her team, María has developed the firm into one of the most highly regarded and trusted Spanish Law Firms acting for English-speaking clients with legal problems in Spain.

The Beginnings

I founded CostaLuz Lawyers in 2006 with the idea of attracting property investment to the Costa de la Luz in southern Spain and help English-speaking foreigners buying property to retire to, live in or spend holidays in Spain.

My founding principle was to help foreigners understand how Spanish law works and get the best possible outcome for their interests. This mission now forms one of the pillars of CostaLuz Lawyers.

Maria Luisa Castro

Application documents

Understanding ‘Arraigo Social’: Your path to temporary residence in Spain

The residence on Social Roots and/or work permit in Spain is governed by the following laws and regulations:
Organic Law 4/2000, of January 11: This law, focused on the Rights and Freedoms of Foreigners in Spain and their Social Integration (specifically article 31.3), is commonly referred to as the Immigration Law.
Regulation of Organic Law 4/2000: Approved by Royal Decree 557/2011, of April 20, this regulation (articles 62 to 66 and 123 to 130) is known as the Immigration Regulation.
Royal Decree-Law 19/2012, of May 25: This decree covers urgent measures for the liberalization of commerce and certain services.
Law 39/2015, of October 1: This law outlines the Common Administrative Procedure of Public Administrations.

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Unlocking Spanish real estate market: A comprehensive guide to buying and selling properties in Spain

Embarking on a real estate journey in Spain is a thrilling endeavor filled with opportunities, but navigating the intricate landscape of the Spanish property market requires insight and expertise. Whether you’re a prospective buyer or seller, unlocking the secrets of the Spanish real estate market is key to making informed decisions and maximizing your investment.

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Embracing retirement in Campo de Gibraltar: Costaluz lawyers’ comprehensive legal services and the region’s alluring charm

Celebrated for its delightful climate, rich local cuisine, and attractively priced rentals and housing, this region offers an unexplored haven of affordable living and vibrant cultural experiences. It’s an ideal destination for those seeking a tranquil yet fulfilling retirement lifestyle.

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