It's five years since we purchased our old village house in valencia for 42,000 euros-so the lawyer fees have probably changed since then-and I can't find all the paperwork at the moment, but we paid a total of approx. 3,000 euros.
For that we passed power of attorney to the solicitor as we are still full time in the u.k.- and he arranged NIE x2, bank account +credit card,electricity and water supply connections and direct debits,letters to the town hall and visits to the notary.
The house was a probate sale, so took a year to go through the legal system, and he kept us up to date via emails and 'phone calls, and gave us his mobile number to contact him at weekends if we had any questions. He detected a couple of mistakes in the original declared m2 of the property and had that put right prior to purchase.
We were very pleased with the service and were quite happy to use him for the spanish will making procedure (extra) at a later date. We also used him to do some preliminary work for us when we considered buying an investment apartment about a year and a half ago. Excellent result--he came up with at least 3 illegal clauses that the promoters had put in the contract + a heap of other stuff that made him uneasy about going ahead ( this was the day before we were due to put down a 6.000euro deposit)
So, on his advice we pulled out of the deal--and mighty glad we were ! Some 6 months after we would have made final payment if we'd gone ahead with the deal we just had to go take a look at the development site, and it was a half finished abandoned looking place. We had been told by the promoters that there wouldn't have been any problem with getting a mortgage on the place as a rental property-but our own investigations have since proved otherwise.
Not all solicitors are sharks ! You just have to go trawling to find a good one. Our guy even appologised for having to charge us 150 euro for the work that he did on the aborted appartment purchase, but as he said-" You pay me to keep you out of trouble"
One bit of advice that he gave when we first met him five years ago was " Don't ever buy anywhere outside of an established village, town or urbanisation"-and seeing the sad stories that crop up we're glad that we followed his advice.
When you're still living full time in the u.k. and can only visit your spanish property a few times a year-and don't have much spanish vocabulary- it's good to be able to have the legals and financial/tax stuff taken care of by some one you can trust.( not everything can be done online)
As ever- when employing a solicitor -DYOR