The Zoning, City Planning and Real Estate Law department of Balms Abogados is one of the departments with a greater number of professionals, and also boasts the direct involvement of several partners. It tackles all kinds of legal implications of real estate transactions and promotions, whether they are of a civil, commercial, administrative, registration or contentious sort and regardless of their nature (plots; offices and commercial premises; housing; residential, tourist or commercial complexes; industrial buildings; etc.)

The advice provided by Balms Abogados includes all the necessary procedures for the full development of any real estate activity. The department studies the planning that is in force under the regional legislation and analyses all of the feasible alternatives for obtaining the highest and best urban use (if applicable), performs all urban enquiries to verify that the property complies with the regulations, develops and studies all types of preparatory contracts, prepares and revises purchase and mortgage deeds, later proceeding with the tax processing and registration thereof.

The main areas of practice within the department are:

  • Studying the plan currently in force
  • Drawing up of the corresponding documents related to the development of the plan, with the constitution, management and monitoring of the collaborating urban entities.
  • Compensation, cooperation, land subdivision processes, etc.
  • Negotiation of urban agreements
  • Intervention in all types of administrative procedures involved in the preparation of the general and derived plans
  • Providing legal assistance to urban and urbanising entities
  • Requesting of all kinds of planning permission, permits and administrative authorisation necessary for the construction and development process.
  • Advising in the recruitment process of urbanisation and building works, (contracts for execution of works, provision of services, site management, etc.)
  • Tax planning for real estate investment
  • Negotiation and drawing up of all types of real estate contracts (those with down payments, the option to buy, private contracts of sale, of lease, assignments of use, bailment, etc.)
  • Acquisition and sale of all kinds of real estate assets
Our specialists

Juan Luis Balmaseda de Ahumada y Díez

Balms Marbella

As practicing lawyer since 1994, Mr. Balmaseda has extensive experience in public and private law. He specializes in real estate, commercial, civil and criminal law; in addition, he is continuously undertaking training which enables him to consolidate his experience and bring creative legal solutions that are adequate to every client...

Julio Aguado Arrabé

Balms Marbella

He has previously exercised as independent lawyer in Madrid and Marbella, and he also established and headed a small franchise in the province of Málaga. Once created Balms Abogados, he specialized in Commercial Litigation Law, Mortgage Law and the Urban Planning Law through the Lawyers’ Bar association of Málaga. Furthermore, being Marbella a cosmopolitan and international enclave, he speaks Spanish, English and French...

Katharina Blackmer

Balms Marbella

Dr. Iuris Katja Blackmer Doctorate in Law, University of Vienna, Austria; Austrian jurist and licensed lawyer in Spain; Practicing in Spain since 1994...

Óscar Gómez Monasterio

Balms Marbella

Bachelor of Arts in Law, Universidad de Sevilla. Master in Legal Advice to Enterprises by ICADE, P. Universidad Comillas (Madrid).

Elisa Saraci

Balms Marbella

Elisa has been a working as a lawyer since 2011, and she is highly experienced in private law. Her specialization includes international, commercial, real estate and civil law, where she holds extensive experience...

Cristina Serrato Schou

Balms Marbella

Lawyer in exercise of the Department of Real Estate and Commercial Law in Balms Abogados. With experience in the area of private law, especially real estate, civil and commercial law.

Cristina García Salazar

Balms Marbella

Graduated in Law from the University of Cádiz, she obtained a Master's Degree in International Law from the Higher Institute of Law and Economics (I.S.D.E.) in Madrid, as well as the Certificate of Professional Aptitude from the Iltre. Bar Association of Madrid.

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