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Resolve to review your financial planning for 2024

By Paul Montague, Partner, Blevins Franks

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Is your financial planning up-to-date for 2024? Is it designed for living in Spain? Take a little time now to check your tax planning, investments, pensions and estate planning are all on track to protect your family’s long-term wealth.

The New Year is a time when most of us take stock of our situation and set goals to improve our health, happiness, lifestyle and wealth. This year, make it one of your resolutions to confirm that your financial planning is on target to meet your needs and provide financial security for as long as you’ll need it to.

Why regular reviews are important


Regular reviews help keep your financial affairs up to date and compliant.

It is important to keep ahead of any developments that may affect you, for better or worse. Tax rules or financial regulations can change at any time, which may affect the tax efficiency and security of your existing arrangements. There may also be new opportunities that you could find beneficial… but only if you know about them.  You don’t know what you don’t know, which is why conducting your review with the help of a professional financial planner can prove so valuable.

You also need to consider if any changes in your personal and family circumstances mean you should adjust your arrangements. Did you welcome any new family members or are there any upcoming major life events – such as retirement, relocation or divorce – that may warrant a rethink of your plans?

For a truly effective review, and to ensure it is suitable for your life in Lanzarote, consider how your tax planning, investments, pensions and estate planning work together.

Tax planning

You should first make sure you know where you are resident for tax purposes, especially if you are new to Spain or spend time in more than one country.

You then want to structure your investments and wealth in the most suitable way to minimise taxation – in Spain, the UK and wherever you have financial interests – while still meeting your tax reporting obligations.   Research the local tax regime to establish what opportunities it may provide to residents if you structure your assets correctly.

With all the ‘automatic exchange of information’ that goes on these days, you need to ensure that you get it right. Your local tax office receives financial information about your offshore assets without having to even ask for it.

Cross-border tax planning is complex, so take specialist advice to achieve peace of mind and potentially secure significant tax savings.

Savings and investments


If you do not already have a financial plan in place for Spain/, you need to take a fresh look at your savings and investments. Are they actually better suited to a UK resident? Do they meet your risk/reward appetite? Are you taking advantage of suitable tax-efficient opportunities in Spain?

Successful investing is about having a strategy specifically based around your personal circumstances, time horizon, needs, aims and risk tolerance. You should ensure you have adequate diversification to avoid over-exposure to any given country (including the UK), asset type, sector or company. Explore investment structures that allow multi-currency flexibility to help minimise exchange rate risk.



For most people, their pension is key to their financial security through retirement, so deciding what to do with yours could be one of the most important financial decisions you make.

So take the time to ensure you are up-to-date on the latest pension regulations and to explore all the available options.  Weigh up all the pros and cons and consider the tax implications and potential benefits in Spain.

Make sure you take regulated professional advice to protect your retirement benefits from pension scams and do what is right for your personal circumstances and aims.


Estate planning 


It is vital to review your estate planning when living in Spain.

Here in Spain both succession law and tax work very differently to the UK.  Are you aware, for example, that Spain’s ‘forced heirship’ rules could automatically pass a significant proportion of your worldwide estate to your direct family, whatever your intentions? You can specify in your will for the EU regulation ‘Brussels IV’ to apply relevant British law to your estate instead, but take care to understand your options and any tax implications.

Your estate plan should be set up to achieve your wishes in the most tax-efficient way possible. If you remain UK domiciled – as many expatriates do in most countries – you continue to be liable for UK inheritance tax, so you should plan to reduce this liability for your heirs.

To bring all these complex elements together and ensure you have not missed out on any suitable opportunities, take expert, cross-border advice. Spending time on a financial health-check now can secure peace of mind that you and your family are in the best position to enjoy a prosperous 2024 and beyond.

The tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; individuals should seek personalised advice.

Blevins Franks Wealth Management Limited (BFWML) is authorised and regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority, registered number C 92917. Authorised to conduct investment services under the Investment Services Act and authorised to carry out insurance intermediary activities under the Insurance Distribution Act. Where advice is provided outside of Malta via the Insurance Distribution Directive or the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, the applicable regulatory system differs in some respects from that of Malta. BFWML also provides taxation advice; its tax advisers are fully qualified tax specialists. Blevins Franks Trustees Limited is authorised and regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority for the administration of trusts, retirement schemes and companies. This promotion has been approved and issued by BFWML.

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