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21 Feb 2017 9:52 AM by kgfella Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

What a relief!

A big thank you to Maria and all the Team at Costaluz Lawyers.


February 2017 has arrived - some 11 years after we thought we had purchased our dream home on a beautiful Spanish island – how wrong can you be?

For whatever reasons, in the intervening period, our development did not materialise, our large deposit disappeared and the developer went into liquidation – believe me, a nightmare scenario all round! More so, when we had gone out of our way to be careful and ensure that “it couldn’t happen to us” – we even had a second lawyer checking both the contract and the main lawyer’s work – all to no avail!

We subsequently spoke to various law firms at home and in Spain, who basically did not offer us any hope and whilst they said court action could be taken, they offered us little chance of recovering our deposit.


Then, at our wits end, and after trolling through the internet for any scrap of information that may be of use, we came across (on Eye on Spain) testimonials and articles written by others in a similar position to us, they were all using “Costaluz Lawyers” who were seemingly achieving results in areas where other lawyers “feared to tread”.

We contacted Maria, who gave us the solid and sensible advice we were looking for and the glimmer of hope we needed not to just write off our deposit and walk away, which we were so close to doing.


That was some 8 years ago and since then, along with her team and associates, Maria has taken our case through the (painfully slow at times – so be patient!) process of the Spanish courts, one step at a time, & at times waiting for other cases to be completed so the judges findings could be used to strengthen our case.

Initially we had a case against the developer, which we (Costaluz Lawyers) won, however in the meantime the developers went into liquidation, so subsequently (2016) proceedings were taken against the banks.


So here we are 11 years on, a lot older and wiser, but most importantly once again smiling as we have just received settlement for our “lost” deposit and interest - which we never realistically expected to see again.

Needless to say my wife and I are over the moon and we would like to express our gratitude to Maria and her team who have achieved what we thought may well be impossible.

Throughout the process the whole team have acted in a professional, trustworthy and diligent manner – I cannot recommend them highly enough!


Kevin & Barbara G………………… February 2017

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21 Feb 2017 10:13 AM by tricia5 Star rating. 12 posts Send private message

What a lovely post, and a great advert for this forum.

Despite the odd nastiness prevalent in any anonymous environment this forum remains a fantastic source of info, insight and as above can change lives.

Well done EOS!

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21 Feb 2017 10:14 AM by briando55 Star rating in Yorkshire. 1982 posts Send private message

Thank you very much for sharing this. 

We are going through the same process with the same lawyers and there are dark and lengthy times in the process, and it's hard to keep the faith.  

Your post was exactly what I wanted to read right now. 

Oh and congratulations by the way haha!!


Best wishes, Brian


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21 Feb 2017 11:06 AM by Elsietanner Star rating in Alicante & New York. 164 posts Send private message

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kgfella Clearly you were the victim in all this and well done getting your deposit back. Did you get your full deposit back? What rate of interest did you get? Roughly how much were you legal costs and who ended up paying them?. Were you awarded any compensation?.



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21 Feb 2017 1:01 PM by Mrsubby Star rating. 75 posts Send private message

What a nice ending to a nightmare for you.

this is what this forum is all about and hope your story gives other people hope!

i can't believe why people start bickering and arguing behind a keyboard about useless subjects.

they must be so bored.

well done Marie your clients can now sleep at night.

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21 Feb 2017 3:09 PM by mariadecastro Star rating in Algeciras (Cadiz). 9401 posts Send private message

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Thanks a lot.

Hundreds of hours of hard work.


Sometimes..... exhaustion.... but.... always ready to walk again: the whole team of almost 20 people

For the clients

For our families, who need our salaries

For Spain and the recovery of trust in their systems by foreign buyers


Maria L. de Castro, JD, MA


Director www.costaluzlawyers.es

El blog de Maria

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21 Feb 2017 8:26 PM by potblack Star rating in Alicante & Singapore. 233 posts Send private message

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Perhaps a bigger relief than you appreciate and a blessing in disguise. If the plan had actually completed maybe you would now be the proud owner of your dream property, that is worthless and unsalable.

NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER: A mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others.

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