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Who Will Inherit Your Property in Mexico?

Many foreigners invest in real estate in Mexico to benefit from the high returns on investment that this market offers, to enjoy their leisure time here by owning vacation property, to retire, or a combination of all of the above. Ironically, few foreigners give any thought to what will occur to their property in the event of death. The purpose of this article is to provide some insights on how Mexican Law will deal with property owned by foreigners upon death and, hopefully, will provide foreigners with some suggestions on how to deal with this situation. A foreigner with property in...

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September is Will Month in Mexico, Is Your Estate in Order?

Each year, Mexicans are encouraged to have a Will completed in September. If you are a foreigner who owns property in Mexico, you also need to have a Will created in Mexico. Death is not a subject we enjoy discussing, however, you need to be prepared. Mexicans, as a culture, have a unique relationship with death. They celebrate and venerate their ancestors on los días de los muertos, which is celebrated from October 31 to November 2. As a prelude to the celebrations, every September in Mexico is considered Will month. Mexicans are encouraged to prepare a Will, and notaries...

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The Ejido, a Mexican Concept Misunderstood by Foreigners

Plots of land located near the beach, specifically in Playa del Carmen, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, and the Riviera Nayarit are most likely part of an Ejido. Foreigners frequently ask, “What is the significance of an Ejido property and why am I prohibited from buying land there?” An Ejido or ‘propiedad comunal’ is an area of communal land mainly used for agriculture, on which community members farm designated plots and collectively maintain communal holdings. While this was the original intention and was once an accurate description of Ejido activity, today many Ejido properties are abandoned, with no farming activity taking place. Why...

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Traffic Regulations, Fines, and Bribes in Quintana Roo

Before deciding to drive a vehicle abroad, One must be aware that as in other countries, Mexico has its own traffic laws which govern all drivers and their vehicles. These regulations must be respected as it aims to maintain and protect the public. When the driver has violated the law, the police officer is obliged to stop the vehicle, advise the driver which traffic regulation has been violated, request the license and vehicle documents to verify that everything is in order and determine if the violation deserves a penalty. If the violation is not serious, the safety of pedestrians, passengers, and...

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Diversifying Tourism in The Riviera Maya with Dora The Explorer and Shrek

Is the Riviera Maya ready for the Ninja Turtles and Spongebob Squarepants? They are coming soon. Nickelodeon plans to open a family themed all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya by December 2017 or early 2018. The construction of this complex has generated 1,800 jobs, so far. The beachfront resort will cater to children and their families and will feature swim up suites, slime machines, Nickelodeon characters, a child-friendly spa, zip lines, pools, and a theater. The Riviera Maya will be Nickelodeon's second theme park resort; the first is located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The 440-room hotel offers cartoon themed suites...

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