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Do Foreigners Feel Safe Living in Mexico? Testimonials From Expats in Mexico

There is a lot of media sensationalism about the dangers of living in Mexico, but those of us who are living in Mexico have to disagree. Of course, like any country, there are areas you should avoid, and precautions you should take when you are out and about. You should always be aware of your surroundings, but the greater part of Mexico, especially those states catering to tourists and expats are perfectly safe. Every day more foreigners make the decision to move to Mexico. The immigration office in Playa del Carmen reports that they process an average of 60 new procedures a day.

Recognizing a Timeshare Resale Scam in Mexico

Mexico’s weather, beaches and lower living expenses have captivated many vacationers. In addition, the dream of owning a second home in paradise makes visitors easy targets for timeshare sales agents. Before they know it, they are swept away by the possibilities and wind up signing on the dotted line and purchasing a timeshare in Mexico. Once the excitement wears off some buyers may have regrets. Luckily there is a small safety net in Mexico - a five-business-day grace period in which to cancel a timeshare contract (despite what the salesperson tells you). However, if the grace period has passed by the...

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Avoiding Online Real Estate Scams in Mexico

Researching properties online is a great way to get an overall view of available properties in Mexico. It is exciting to search and dream about purchasing one of the amazing vacation homes featured on the net. The internet is also a great tool to search for the most popular areas, or if you prefer the most secluded properties and obtain the general price range of your new home. However, there are many online real estate scams, here are a few pointers from our Mexican Real Estate Legal Team on how to avoid them. Do not engage with an online “seller”...

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Love, Marriage and Real Estate in Mexico

February 14th marks the annual day of love and romance, and in Playa del Carmen it is also a day of Bodas Colectivas (collective wedding), a mass wedding sponsored by the Solidaridad municipality on Valentine's Day. It will be a beautiful day for many happy couples, and although it is an exciting event in one's life, we have to play devil's advocate and suggest some legal considerations for married couples in Mexico. Permission to Marry a Mexican National Foreigners marrying Mexican nationals require the approval of the Mexican Migration office. The document is called "Permiso para contraer matrimonio con un nacional," and...

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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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