The old adage “hope for the best and plan for the worst” has served us very well during and after our move to Portugal. Now that we are residents and own personal property here, we needed to direct how those assets will be handled in the event of our deaths. This post covers that process in Portugal and also includes some information about U.S. Wills for ex-pats.
One of the questions we’re frequently asked is just how good is the healthcare in Portugal. An earlier post covered Harold’s time in the emergency room of one of Porto’s big public hospitals, and this one is about my experience in a private hospital. Let's find out how that went.
BePortugal recently offered an overview of the various regions of Portugal in regards to retirement. Large city, smaller town or village, this country has them all. (Photo courtesy of BePortugal)
I posted this on our Facebook page because it's a fun look at Portugal's incredible history, amazing people and unique geography.
It has been a while since our last post. It's been a bit busy, folks. Here's a few things that have been going on:
1) I (Jana) spent over five weeks back in the U.S. and have some thoughts about that trip which I'll share in a future post.
2) And then I had surgery on both my hands, which means typing (or pretty much anything else) has been on hold for a time. I'll be writing up a post on how that experience went which included an overnight stay at one of Porto's private hospitals. Meanwhile Harold has been been doing all the cooking and cleaning. ;-)
3) We had our Portuguese wills and powers of attorney drawn up. There are significant differences between the US and Portuguese versions of these legal docs and we will be discussing those in a post, as well as the procedure for making this magic happen.
4) We are currently in the process of setting up a Trust in the U.S. to handle what liquid assets are there as well as my intellectual property (I'm an author). Again, a post is definitely going to written about this process.
So much to write about. Hope you all have had a grand fall. It's definitely heading toward winter here.
Hi! Harold here. A recent personal experience has led to this blog post and it’s all about Portugal’s healthcare system. Let’s face it, there’s no better way to learn about something than doing it yourself. Let’s dig in…
Now that you’ve found your perfect new home, the next step is going to contract. This can be a challenging experience, but it is doable. Let’s dig into the process.
In Part Three of this series, it's time to dig into those often hard-to-decipher rental ads and discuss some of the differences you'll find between Portuguese apartments and houses compared to the U.S. Let’s dig in!
Wondering what it's like to wander around Portugal's capitol city and Sintra? Rick Steves gives us a fine tour, complete with lots of yummy food.
Though renting an apartment or house in Portugal has some similarities to the process in the U.S., there are significant differences as well. In America, the landlord typically specifies the rental amount and which deposits (security, rent pre-payment) they require. Usually there is not much room for negotiation. That's not necessarily the case here.
Harold is a former software engineer. Jana is an author. Together they're exploring their new life in Portugal.