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Mistakes That Will Cost You Your Residency in Mexico

We receive many inquiries from foreigners who have accidentally canceled their residency visas because they are unaware or did not follow the proper procedure when leaving and entering Mexico. These mistakes will result in having to initiate the residency process again and possibly explaining to INM why you attempted to mislead them.   It is essential to understand the procedure for entering and exiting Mexico when you are in the middle of a residency procedure. As well, you must follow the proper steps if you hold a residency visa.  If you must leave Mexico before your residency process is complete, you need to...

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Retiring in Mexico – Maintain Your Health by Volunteering

Moving to Mexico means a lower cost of living and the opportunity to retire sooner, and if you retire early, you probably are not ready for a rocking chair. There are plenty of activities to fill your days in Mexico, but if you are looking to give back and meet amazing people, volunteering may be what you are looking for. Whether you bring experience from your previous employment or you are interested in learning new skills, your time is valuable, and there are many opportunities for mature adults to make a difference in the community.  Single retirees that relocate will meet like-minded...

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Relocating to Mexico – Tourist Destination or Residential Area?

When traveling in Mexico, most foreigners visit and fall all in love with the tourist side of town, but if you are relocating to Mexico would you choose to live in the tourist area or a residential area? As a new resident in Mexico you may want to live in a tourist town, get out an about, meet new people, enjoy the hustle-bustle of the tourist streets, but once you settle in you may yearn for a quieter place to call home. Everyone's ideal home is different; some prefer a secluded house in the jungle and some like the city life,...

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Single Parents and the Importance of Estate Planning

One of the most important aspects of estate planning is protecting your children in the event of an untimely death. Estate planning is particularly important for single parents; single parents have a lot of added responsibilities and higher stakes compared to a dual-parent family.  As a single parent, it is even more imperative to prepare a will and select a guardian. In a two-parent home, if one parent dies, the children are more likely to remain in their home with the surviving parent but what happens in a single-parent family?  It is difficult to think about this situation, but it is...

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Important Facts About Wills and Your Mexican Estate

September is will month in Mexico, and the Mexican government offers incentives to property owners to encourage them to prepare a will. Foreigners with investments in Mexico may have a will prepared in Canada or the US, however getting a foreign instrument recognized in Mexico can entail a lengthy and expensive process. The foreign will must be translated into Spanish by an official court-approved translator. It must be "Apostilled" in the country where it was prepared. Canadian wills are not required to be apostilled but will need to be translated into Spanish by a court-approved translator and submitted to the...

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