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Renewing Your U.S. Passport While Living Abroad

If you are a U.S. Citizen living abroad, you may need to have your passport renewed. The good news is that you do not need to return to the U.S. to do this. The bad news is that, unlike in the U.S., you will have to request the new passport in person. But, don’t worry, the process is very easy, and the staff at the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Consular Generals, and U.S. Consular Agents make renewing your adult 10-year passport relatively pain free. Please note: While the U.S. Embassy, Consular Generals, and Consular Agents are slowly beginning to resume normal operations...

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Buying Property in Mexico: Fideicomiso or Corporation?

If you are considering buying a property in Mexico, there is more to think about than just the price and location. You need to consider how you will be using the property. Will you be using it for vacations for you, your family and friends? Or will you be purchasing it as an investment with the plan of renting it out. Why does it matter? Because knowing how you will use the property will help you determine what legal process you should use to obtain the property - A fideicomiso (bank trust) or a Mexican Corporation. Fideicomiso (Bank Trust) All foreign individuals...

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Closing Costs in Mexico: What to Expect

Congratulations! You found your dream home in Mexico, and you are ready to put in an offer. But, your lawyer just gave you the breakdown of the estimated closing costs, and you are feeling a bit shocked! Why are the closing costs much higher than you are used to in the United States and Canada? Closing Costs: What to Expect? You should expect to pay the following fees when closing on a property in Mexico: Notary Fees In Mexico, any legal acquisition of property must be administered through a Notary. A Notary (Notario Publico) in Mexico is an experienced lawyer, selected and appointed by...

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What is the importance of registering a trademark?

For the consumer, the brand is what distinguishes one product from another, regardless if it is closely related or even if the products offered are of the same type.  This creates brand loyalty which is a valuable asset reflected in the financial statements of a business under the category “goodwill” or “intangibles”. That brand is what will ultimately generate in the public that awareness of quality of the product or service that is being offered.  It will make a different impression from the rest of the products of the competition. Therefore, the registration of the trademark and its corresponding logo is an...

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Buying Mexican Real Estate – Some Common Real Estate Terms

Closing Date The closing date or completion date is the day the property is transfer to the buyer, and the title deed is signed. Condominium Regime This document granted by a Notario Publico and recorded in the Public Property Registry. It contains all the rules and regulations for the development as well as legal matters regarding the complex. The buyers will not receive the title until the regime is registered. Notario Publico A Notario Publico is a licensed attorney, certified, and appointed by the government. The notario acts as an official representative of all parties of the transaction. They do not represent only you; you...

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