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How to Renew Your American Passport Without Leaving Mexico

Save time and money by renewing your American passport through the local U.S. Consular Agency. Here is a guideline to get your process started. It is important to realize this process may take up to 3-4 weeks, be aware of your passport's expiry date. Quick Steps to Renew Your Passport Make an appointment with the U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen by phone or email. Include the service you require, your contact information and preferred appointment time. Be sure to complete your application before your appointment, including your social security number and a local Mexican address. The permanent address field on...

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Common Questions About Mexican Family Law

If you are a foreigner and married, living common-law or raising a family in Mexico, you should understand the family laws you may face here. Find out how the laws and procedures may differ from Canadian and American family law. Here are some of the most common questions foreigners have about family law in Mexico. How are the family assets divided in Mexico during a divorce? Typically the division of assets is 50/50, but it is important to note that the judge basis the division only on the assets that were acquired by the couple during the marriage, no matter which person brought...

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WEBINAR – Discover how easy and safe it is to buy real estate in Mexico, using the proper methods!

  Charles Tibshirani, MEXLAW Founder, CEO and Thomas Lloyd, TOP MX REAL ESTATE Founder and President, shared a free webinar to help foreigners discover how easy and safe it is to buy Real Estate in Mexico. Click on the link to acces the webinar: http://www.topmexicorealestate.com/events/webinar/may-16.php   ...

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Protect Yourself From Mortgage or Construction Liens During Your Mexican Real Estate Purchase

Imagine having  your dream home in Mexico, you are relaxing on your deck in the warm sun and looking out onto the beautiful Caribbean ocean.  Life is amazing. It took all your savings but it is worth it. You are finally retired and you have arrived at your destiny. But, did you use a real estate attorney during your real estate purchase? If not, you have put yourself at risk of losing your brand new home. It is very important for foreign buyers to use a professional attorney in Mexico when purchasing property. They will do a comprehensive title search before you...

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Setting up a corporation in Mexico

Which Corporation will Best Suit Your Needs? In Mexico, the two major types of companies are called the Sociedad  Anónima and the Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada. They are basically the equivalent of a Corporation and a Limited Liability Company in the United States. There are other company forms such as the Sociedad Civil, which is similar to a professional partnership that your doctor or lawyer might have for his or her office. There is also the Asociación Civil, which can be compared to a non-profit company. In choosing the best type of Mexican Corporation, we need to take into consideration how many...

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What You Need to Know as a Foreigner with a Child in Mexico

If you have a child in Mexico as a foreigner, it is important that you know about the child support laws and the newest amendment that came into effect as of April 16, 2016. Going forward, anyone who is overdue on their child support payments will be stopped by immigration when they attempt to leave Mexico. With the increasing support of technology and better tracking of debt owed to custodial parents, it will continue to become more difficult for parents that do not make their child support payments to avoid them. More and more children are born into dual nationality families,...

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Immigration to Playa del Carmen

Mainly Canadians and Americans are seeking temporary and permanent visa for residence in Playa del Carmen, as some foreigners decide to buy a home for retirement in Riviera Maya or spend a longer vacation to avoid the chilly temperatures in their hometowns. Adriana Vela, migration specialist from MEXLAW, said that some foreigners who buy property in the Riviera Maya are looking to get their residence because of the advantages, one of which is the exemption from  capital gains tax when selling their property. Adriana Vela said, that the majority of the foreigners who approach the firm she represents , are 60% Canadians...

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Considerations for Moving to Mexico from the USA

A Few things for Americans to Consider When Moving to Mexico Do not come from the USA and expect life to be the same as it is at home. Life is different in Mexico, we enjoy a slower pace and it takes time to adjust. Patience is the key, you must be open and ready to experience a new culture and relaxed lifestyle. When considering a move to Mexico, take time on the ground to figure out  where you will live. Whether you are purchasing a home or renting, we would advise that you do not sign a long term rental contract...

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Foreigners Doing Business in Mexico

Doing business in Mexico may be just what your company needs to prosper, with lower wages for skilled workers and lower transportation costs since Mexico is situated closer to the US and Canada, than, China or India for example. Location also ensures faster production turnaround time, not to mention ease of communication, and similar time zones. Since, Mexico is a part of The North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA, between Mexico, Canada and the United States there are many benefits to doing business in Mexico. NAFTA eliminates tariffs between the countries and has built in agreements and legal processes, with international...

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Canadians Buying Real Estate In Mexico Urged To Use A Trusted Mexican Law Firm

Canadians buying property in Mexico are advised to hire a law firm in Mexico to represent them and protect their investment. There are many attorneys in Mexico, but MexLaw is the only Mexican based real estate law firm that is owned and operated by licensed Canadian and American Lawyers that have partnered with Mexican lawyers. You will have the best of both worlds on your team. Being a law firm in Mexico you will benefit from their business contacts such as health and home insurance providers, accountants, real estate agents and developers, almost everything from decorators to landscapers. Some foreigners wish to...

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