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Foreigners Living, Retiring or Investing in Mexico, Choosing the Right Attorney

The first decision to consider is whether you prefer a local lawyer or an international law firm; both have their advantages, but an international company will offer the same type of service and standards you are accustomed to back home. Keep these points in mind when selecting your attorney: Do they have a proper website and an established office in the area, avoid an attorney that works out of the coffee shop. Seek recommendations from people you know and explore expat forums, you should take their comments with a grain of salt, but you will get a good...

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Mexico is the Number one Choice for The World’s Best Places to Retire 2017

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According to International Living.com’s new Annual Global Retirement Index, Mexico is the number one retirement choice for 2017; although Mexico has always been one of the favorite retirement destinations, this is the 5th time Mexico has topped the index.

International Living compiles the best places to retire list every year, after gathering information from their international correspondents and evaluating all aspects related to expat living and retirement in a foreign country. By assessing ten categories—real estate; benefits for retirees; cost of living; ease of integration; entertainment and amenities; health care; healthy lifestyle; visa and residence; infrastructure; and climate. Considering safety for retirees and quality of life, Mexico is the best choice.

Canada Lifts Travel Visa Requirement for Mexican Citizens

As the US president-elect Trump continues to alienate Mexico and its citizens with threats of deportation and the infamous wall between the US and Mexico, Canada, on the other hand, is working towards a closer relationship with Mexico. As of December 1st, 2016 the requirement for Mexican citizens to have a visa to visit Canada was lifted. Now Mexicans only require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The visa requirement had been in effect since 2009 when the Conservative government implemented the process, causing tension between the countries. When Prime Minister Trudeau was elected into office, he announced the intention to lift the visa...

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Buying Mexican Real Estate, Who is Looking Out for Your Best Interest?

If you are purchasing property in Mexico, your real estate agent may choose to hire a Closing Coordinator to collect all the documents required to close the deal. The Closing Coordinator is typically an independent professional that is involved in many different real estate transactions and will communicate with the buyer, seller, real estate agents, appraiser, the Notario, bank of the Fideicomiso, and the government agencies. They are an impartial representative and organize the groundwork for the Notario. Although the Closing Coordinator may be an attorney with experience in real estate transactions, he or she is not your Real Estate Attorney and...

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The Loss of a Mexican Temporary or Permanent Residence Card

What do you do if your resident card is lost, stolen or destroyed? If you lose your temporary or permanent resident card in Mexico, you will need to go to the Immigration office to apply for a replacement card. Provided your card is still valid you may replace it by providing your passport, identification and travel documents that prove you have a condition to stay in Mexico. Also provide the original receipt of your payment to IMN, complete application, photos 2.5 x 3 cm, two face frontal view, and one of the right side of the face, white background with forehead and...

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Legalizing Documents For Legal Procedures in Mexico

Mexican authorities require foreign issued documents be verified before they are accepted as legal documents in Mexico. If you intend to do business, apply for an immigration visa or get married in Mexico you may need to have your personal documents apostilled in your home country. Typically, official documents are only valid within the country that issued them, except for the passport which is recognized in every country. Since other countries have no way to verify if your foreign documents are legitimate, you will need to have them legalized. What is an Apostille? The Apostille Convention is an international treaty which numerous countries...

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10 Reasons Mexican Property Owners Need a Will

Without a Will prepared in Mexico, you are allowing the Mexican government to handle and disburse your estate. Foreigners living in Mexico are well advised to have a Mexican Will as there are no survivor rights in Mexico and property held in trust may not be enough protection for you and your family.   10 Reasons you should contact MEXLAW to have a Will prepared; A foreign Will will require a professional translation and verification, and this may be an expensive process for your heirs. American documents need to be apostilled, and notarized in the U.S., and translated into Spanish by a...

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Canadians in Mexico with Dual Citizenship Need to Keep Their Canadian Passports Updated

Many Canadians living in another country, such as Mexico have allowed their Canadian passport to lapse, but with the new regulations in place, Canadians will be required to renew and keep their Canadian passports up to date if they plan on traveling by air to Canada. Canadian Citizens traveling with an expired passport or with dual citizenship in another country will be required to carry a valid Canadian passport as of November 10, 2016, in order to travel through or return to Canada. The Government of Canada’s electronic system will verify each passenger by scanning the appropriate travel document before boarding...

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Americans Wanting to Leave the US in the Wake of Trump win Should Consider Mexico

According to a Morning Consult/Vox poll conducted on March, 1 in 4 Americans has threatened to leave the USA if Trump won the election.  Americans say they plan to relocate to Canada, in fact, the interest in immigration to Canada was so great it caused the Canadian Immigration website to crash on election night. An American entrepreneur has gone as far as creating a dating website called Maple Match, which brings Americans and Canadians together in hopes of finding love and relocating to Canada through marriage. The fact is, it is not easy to immigrate to Canada unless you are a...

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Tourists Should Be Aware Of These Basic Laws Before Visiting Mexico

  What better way to spend your vacation than on a Caribbean beach in Mexico. Vacationing in Mexico portrays an illusion that traditional laws and rules do not apply, Mexico is regarded as a vacation destination where you can let loose, with no boundaries and no consequences, think spring break in Cancun. However, you should be aware that the local Mexico laws apply to you as a visitor as they do to all Mexican citizens, and it is your responsibility to respect them. If you commit a serious felony, your country or consulate cannot interfere in the Mexican legal or judicial...

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