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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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The Condominium Regime in Mexico

What is the condominium regime and why is it important? The condominium regime is a document granted by a Notario Publico and recorded in the Public Property Registry, and until the developer has received the regime, the new buyers do not have legal title to the property. In some instances this process can take up to six months. Once the state and local municipalities approve the project, the regime is the legal approval issued by the government. The regime contains the rules and regulations of the development. It also includes the legal documents of the property including location, description and measurements of...

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Validating Concubinato Status (Common Law Marriage) in Mexico

Many couples forgo a legal marriage and are living together as husband and wife without the religious or legal formality. Your relationship status may not be of great importance in your day-to-day life, but once you begin accumulating assets as a couple, terminate the relationship or if one partner passes away, then the legal status of your relationship comes into play. If you are in a common law relationship, you need to understand how to protect yourself and your partner in these scenarios. The term concubinato relationship is Mexico’s version of common law marriage, although the word concubinato is similar...

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Details of a Bank Trust for Property Purchased in the Restricted Zone (Fideicomiso en Zona Restringida)

As a foreigner purchasing property in the restricted zone, you will be required to purchase through a bank trust called a fideicomiso. The bank trust was created in order to comply with the provisions of Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution in which foreigners are limited from acquiring direct title of lands or waters within a range of 100 kilometers from any national border and within 50 kilometers from any coast, these areas are called restricted zones. The bank is the owner of the property. However, the beneficiary has all rights over the property, and the rights allow you to: sell,...

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Understanding the Process of Being Accused of a Crime in Mexico

As a traveler or an expat living in a foreign country, you need to be aware of the laws and the legal procedures of that state. Being accused of a crime in a foreign country can be a frightening and costly experience, and it becomes even more worrisome when you do not know the process or the rights that are available to you. If you are arrested, the state will assign a public defender if you can not afford a lawyer. However, having a private defense lawyer is of great importance, since you may face criminal charges in which your...

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