Orba Notary (notario) is Manuel Garcia Guardiola, located at Calle Pintor Ruano 11 | Tel: 965 583 200 | e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Notary office is open Monday - Thursday 9am - 2pm and 4.30pm - 7pm and Friday 9am - 2.30pm. Friday afternoons by appointment only. If you wish to speak to someone in English, ask for Ivan who speaks excellent English.
There is an English speaking lawyer (abogado), Rosa Mari Mut Lull at Avinguda de les Ameriques, 35 (above Bar Punt). Tel: 965 584 277 or 669 127 876 | Website: www.costablancalawyer.com| Email: email@example.com Her opening hours are Monday - Friday 9.30am - 2.30pm.
Citizens Advice Spain is a very useful resource for legal matters. Visit their website or their Facebook page for detailed information on a large number of subjects including Covid-19, Brexit, Residency, etc.
The Government pays an allowance direct to the Town Hall in Orba for everyone who is registered on the Padrón. This money subsidises your rates (Suma) and means that the Town Hall has money to improve services such as roads, rubbish collection and the Health Centre. If you live here most of the year you are required to register on the Padrón (if you only live here some of the time you can also register if you wish as that will help the Town Hall). To register, take your passport and escritura or rental agreement to the Town Hall which is open Monday - Friday, 10am to 1.30pm. When registered you are entitled to vote at Municipal and European Elections.
The form that you have to complete to register on the Padrón may be downloaded by clicking here (PDF format, Adobe Acrobat reader required - file size 173Kb)
If you live here and haven't registered, go and register now!! Note that you will regularly require a new copy of the Padron before making certain purchases, for driving licences, etc, so just take your current copy to the Town Hall and they will issue a new one.
NIE / TIE/Residencia
As of July 2020 a TIE identity card is available for UK nationals. New applicants for residencia in Spain will now automatically be issued with this card, but If you already have a green residency certificate it is not mandatory, but recommended. It is valid for 10 years for residents and 5 years for non-residents. Appointments are currently available only in Alicante (previously Denia and Benidorm) and it is easy to follow the advice on this website and arrange it yourself. However if you feel more comfortable, for a small fee a gestor will book the appointment for you, complete the forms and advise you of all paperwork required. You will still have to visit Alicante twice, once to submit all the paperwork and get your fingerprints processed and again, about 6 weeks later, to collect the TIE card.
Applications for NIEs can still be made at Oficina de Extranjeros de Denia, Avinguda del Marquesat, 53, 03700 Denia
It is possible to make an appointment ONLINE using this link. Select [Alicante] from "Provincia Seleccionada" then select [Policia - Asignación de N.I.E.] from the next drop-down box. You will be presented with a series of requirements needed to complete the application during your appointment, including the completed EX-15 form - in duplicate - as well as copy of your passport, the reason for application and proof of payment of fee at a bank (Tasa Modelo 790-012). For the appointment, you will need your passport number (take care when entering the passport number, avoiding spaces or hyphens and entering the full name as shown on the issued passport; failure to do so will result in the rejection of the application). It is quite possible to do the business yourself but if you are intimidated by Spanish bureaucracy it is advisable to appoint a gestor. For more information, and details of the appointment procedures visit this link.