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International Legal Matters Through Letter Rogatory

Rogatory letters are a formal request from the court in one country, to be executed in the court of another. For instance, a court order may be obtained in Canada or the US and be carried out in Mexico. The letter rogatory may be used for civil or commercial matters. One example of the use of a letter rogatory would be a divorcing couple with shared property in Mexico; the wife lives in Canada, and the husband lives in Mexico on their Mexican property.  In the case where the husband, in Mexico, is not cooperating with the split of assets...

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Keeping Up with Travel Alerts Regarding Travel to Mexico

The recent headlines are buzzing with the US Department of State’s current travel advisory updates. While some journalists paint an accurate picture, other journalists publish sensationalized and misleading headlines about safety in Mexico. The truth is Mexico’s top vacation destinations are not subject to the US restriction; Cancun, the Mayan Riviera, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit, Mexico City and Los Cabos are considered safe vacation hot spots for foreigners. Last August the US Department of State posted a travel alert which included Quintana Roo and the famous beach destinations Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Cozumel. However, on January 10th the travel alert was...

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Requesting an Appointment with a Mexican Consulate

If you have ever attempted to call a consulate for information or to schedule an appointment, you know how frustrating it can be. Typically you are not able to speak to a human being, you may receive a constant busy signal or a message stating they will not answer questions over the phone. Did you know some consulates allow you to register and request an appointment online? Read on to find out how. In order to apply for residency in Mexico, either temporary or permanent, you need to ask for an appointment at a Mexican consulate. You are not required to...

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Is Your Mexican Real Estate Agent Licensed to Sell Property?

If you are investing in property anywhere in the world, it is important to hire professionals to assist you with your purchase and ensure your investment is protected. In the past, anyone in Mexico could claim to be a real estate agent or rental agent, there were no licenses or regulations in place. In the state of Quintana Roo, one of the fastest growing real estate markets in Mexico, new real estate regulations have been imposed. The new license requirements were published on July 6, 2014. Although the law has been in effect for a few years now, it has...

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Important Considerations of the Construction Contract

Whether you are hiring a contractor for new construction or a renovation project in Mexico, it is imperative to have a contract with your contractor. Construction contracts are designed to establish the obligations between a builder and an owner of a property concerning the execution of work. Its primary purpose is to determine the price, terms, and the manner in which work must be carried out according to the conditions agreed in the contract. The construction contract between individuals is regulated by the Federal Civil Code and the commercial code. Before proceeding with a construction contract, it is important to consider some...

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