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Points to Consider When Purchasing Land in Mexico

Obtain an Active Cadastral (Property Survey) Ensure the measurements of the property match the those of the cadastral and confirm the property the seller is selling is the same as the legal deed. Infrastructure and Utilities Is the infrastructure in place for new construction? Are utilities and water available? Are there extra fees involved for connecting to water and sewer? Is there internet and tv services available in the area? These services may or may not be relevant to you. Zoning and Permits Research the zoning of the property. Depending on what you plan to build on the property you need to be...

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One Million Dollar Wrongful Death Case Settled in Mexico

MexLaw recently settled a wrongful death claim out of court for one million USD; this is one of Mexico's largest out of court settlements in history. The case was settled to the mutual satisfaction of all parties within nine months. When tragedy touches your life, you need a litigation law team that can obtain the fair restitution you deserve. Trials can drag on for years, they are costly and emotionally draining and delay the healing time of the victims. This tragedy took place in Mexico, making it extraordinarily unusual that the settlement was this substantial since in most cases the...

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Time Restraints and Mexican Immigration

These are some of the most common questions we receive regarding immigration and time restraints in Mexico. When I arrive in Mexico as a tourist how long can I stay? As a tourist, you will enter Mexico on a Visitors Permit (FMM) this permit will typically grant you a maximum 180 days which cannot be renewed in Mexico, you must leave the country before it expires. If by chance you overstay your permit, you will be required to report to INM immigration at the airport and pay a fine before you leave. How long do I need to stay out of the...

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Economic and Investment Certainty

Published: Real Estate Market.com.mx Monday, 01 October 2018 Written by: Ricardo Vázquez At the beginning of the last quarter of the year 2018, in economic and financial matters, it stands out that the main factors of uncertainty have been defused and left behind. The first of these was the federal election, where the broad triumph of Andrés Manuel López Obrador did not generate any post-election conflict, and we are observing a smooth transition so far. The second element is the signing of a new version of the old North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, formerly NAFTA,  now the United...

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Several Large Hotel Developments Demonstrate Continued Growth in Mexico’s Tourism Industry

Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism reported 40 million tourists visited Mexico in 2017, and 10.6 million tourists arrived during a record-breaking first quarter of 2018. Tourism in Mexico continues to grow; it is no wonder some of the largest hotel and travel companies continue to invest millions of dollars in Mexico. This week Air Transat announced their plans to develop a hotel chain in the Riviera Maya. Air Transat is a leading international tourism company based in Montreal, Canada. They have purchased property in Puerto Morelos in the Riviera Maya 20 minutes from Cancun to develop a beachfront resort. They have also...

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Foreigners Buying Real Estate in Mexico are Advised to Hire a Mexican-Based Lawyer

Mexico's real estate market is diverse and robust and if purchased through the correct channels, a secure investment. The Mexican real estate market continues to flourish offering excellent ROI in the form of vacation rentals, appreciation for investors and a better lifestyle with affordable luxury housing for your retirement. Foreigners can purchase property in Mexico however, there are restrictions regarding buying property within the restricted zone, which is any property within 50 kilometers from the coast or 100 kilometers from the border. Foreigners may purchase property within restricted zones, provided it is held in a fideicomiso (bank trust), or the buyer can...

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MexLaw Seller Assistance Program

Are you selling your property in Mexico? MexLaw can assist you with obtaining the documents you need to sell your property. Dealing with official agencies in Mexico can be frustrating at times and much worse if you are not fluent in Spanish. We do the work for you, and you avoid dealing with the red tape of various service providers and government offices. Our expert accountants can help you reduce or avoid capital gains tax. MexLaw offers three levels of assistance from obtaining the following documents to providing tax and legal advice: Basic Assistance Package Cadastral certificate (official survey of the property) Proof...

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MexLaw’s legal services are now available in Merida!

We may be new to Merida, but we are a well-established and respected international law firm in the Riviera Maya, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico and in Canada. MexLaw is a law firm comprised of international lawyers with extensive experience in Mexican law. We are accountable for our conduct, integrity, and competence of our professional order and especially to our clients. MexLaw is focused on providing legal services to expats who are visiting, living or investing in Mexico. Our English, Spanish, and French speaking team can assist you in any legal matter. Some of our legal services include: Real...

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Merida´s Colonial Homes: Conservation of Pasta Tiles

Merida’s expats and visitors are investing in neglected colonial homes and mansions. Foreigners are purchasing these properties at a low price and restoring them to their former glory. In fact, there is an initiative in Merida for the recovery and conservation of these historic homes, which may include tax breaks for qualified properties. One of the first characteristics you notice about these homes is the flooring, and if the restoration is intended to preserve the home’s history, it includes handmade pasta floor tiles. The term “pasta floor” does not mean someone dropped spaghetti on the floor. The term refers to...

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The Legal Process of a Personal Injury Claim in Mexico

Injuries happen without warning, and they can not be scheduled for a convenient time or place. Some injuries occur on vacation in Mexico and as a result, you may lose employment, wages and end up with financial debt for medical treatment and rehabilitation. What if the incident was not your fault? Who is responsible for your loss? You may have a personal injury case on your hands. When accidents happen at no fault of your own, it is hard to think about what you need to do besides getting medical treatment. You need to think about the accident as a...

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