Certificate of Last Will Acts: A Guide for Executors and Heirs

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What is it?

The Certificate of Last Will Acts is an official document issued by the Spanish Ministry of Justice. It certifies whether or not a deceased person has registered a will with the General Registry of Wills. This document is crucial for executors and heirs to manage the estate of the deceased.

Who needs it?

Executors, heirs, and legal representatives who need to manage or distribute the deceased’s estate will require this certificate. It is a mandatory step in the inheritance process in Spain.


  1. Obtain the Death Certificate: Before you can request the Certificate of Last Will Acts, you need to obtain a certified copy of the deceased’s death certificate.
  2. Fill Out Form 790: Download and complete Form 790, which is the request for the Certificate of Last Will Acts. This form can be obtained from the Spanish Ministry of Justice website.
  3. Pay the Fee: There is a small fee associated with this service. You will need to pay this fee at a bank. Keep the proof of payment as it will be required.
  4. Submit the Request: Submit Form 790, the death certificate, and proof of payment to the General Registry of Wills. This can be done by mail or in person at one of their offices.
  5. Wait for Processing: The processing time can vary, but it typically takes a few weeks. You will receive the Certificate of Last Will Acts by mail once it is processed.

Required Documents

  • Certified Death Certificate: Obtainable from the Civil Registry.
  • Form 790: Can be downloaded from the Ministry of Justice website.
  • Proof of Fee Payment: Payment can be made at any bank with the corresponding fee receipt.

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Additional details

Please note that processing times may vary depending on the time of year and workload of the registry office. Ensure all documents are correctly filled out and submitted to avoid delays.


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