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Can the Mexican Government Seize my Property?

The most common fear we hear from foreigners interested in buying property in Mexico is, Can the government take my property? There are stories in the news about foreigners investing in Mexican real estate to later have it taken from them with no recourse. Using a Mexican lawyer during your real estate purchase will guarantee you title on the property, making it virtually impossible for someone to seize your home. Ejido Land The ejido is property which Mexican Nationals are given the right to use by the government for living and working, typically farming.  Do not buy Ejido land, you may be offered...

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The Roles of The Notario Publico and The Lawyer in Mexican Real Estate

Canadian or American notary public is a public officer who is licensed to serve the public in non-contentious affairs and whose principal duties are to witness and authenticate certain documents, also known as notarization. A Notary may take testimony, affidavits, administer oaths, deal with matters concerning estates and perform other official acts depending on the jurisdiction. The term of notary public refers to common-law notaries. The Difference between a Notary Public and a Notario Publico in Mexico is that the Notary in Mexico is an experienced lawyer who has been selected and appointed by the Mexican state after practicing law, completing...

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The Cost of Living in The Riviera Maya

It seems hard to believe you can have a better life and live close to the Caribbean sea for less money than you pay now. Life in the Riviera Maya costs less, of course, this depends on your lifestyle, but you will receive more for your buck here in Mexico. You will afford some of the luxuries you may not be able to afford in the rest of North America. For example, two people living on $2000 USD a month can afford to rent a beautiful condominium near the beach, with all the amenities you dream of, including a swimming pool,...

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Last Will And Testament of a Foreigner in Mexico

It is important to understand it may be difficult for your loved ones to deal with your estate if you do not have a Mexican Will. Residence of Mexico, primarily property owners, should consult a Mexican attorney regarding their estate planning. Is a Canadian or American Will valid in Mexico if it includes my Mexican real estate and valuables? Although your foreign Will is valid in Mexico, the time and expense it takes to have it verified and processed will cause your family undue stress and expense. The problem is getting these documents recognized, American documents need to be apostilled, and notarized in...

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How to Renew Your American Passport Without Leaving Mexico

Save time and money by renewing your American passport through the local U.S. Consular Agency. Here is a guideline to get your process started. It is important to realize this process may take up to 3-4 weeks, be aware of your passport's expiry date. Quick Steps to Renew Your Passport Make an appointment with the U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen by phone or email. Include the service you require, your contact information and preferred appointment time. Be sure to complete your application before your appointment, including your social security number and a local Mexican address. The permanent address field on...

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