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Considerations Regarding Hiring and Firing Employees in Mexico

Mexico’s labor laws favor the side of the employee; it is crucial as a business owner to understand the labor laws in Mexico before hiring or firing an employee.  It is important to screen your potential employees for the right fit as firing an employee can be expensive and complicated. Confirm their immigration status: The company owner is obligated to ensure all employees have the legal right to work in Mexico. The business owner may resolve the matter by offering the candidate a job offer, but ensure their immigration status is resolved before hiring them to avoid fines to the...

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Determining a Personal Injury Case in Mexico

If you have experienced an injury, physically, emotionally or financially in Mexico, you may have grounds for a Personal Injury Case. The legal definition of personal injury refers to the harm done to the body caused by someone else’s actions. In the case of injuries occurring in tourist areas, resorts or tourism activities, the Tourism Law for the State of Quintana Roo clearly states that any tourism service provider must implement all necessary security measures to ensure the guest the safe enjoyment and use of facilities, goods, and services offered. You have a claim for compensation and damages in Mexico if...

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A Specialized Attorney: A Tool of Legal Certainty in a Real Estate Transaction

The real estate market has become more competitive and presents greater difficulties to settle a real estate transaction due to external factors such as economic situations, crime rates, social-political facts along with the typical uncertainties and challenges of acquisition itself. Foreigners lack knowledge regarding the process of purchasing property overseas, and many questions arise: How can a foreigner acquire property in Mexico? What are the steps of obtaining the title deed of the property? Is the seller entitled to sell the property? Who will be involved in the transaction and what are the functions of each?  Can the seller guarantee...

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Pride Week In Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is gearing up to host their LGBT Pride week from May 20 to 27, 2018. Not only is the event important for humankind, educating people about equal rights, acceptance and celebrating diversity, but the festival is excellent business for Puerto Vallarta. Last year’s event saw an influx of over 17,000 visitors and the number continues to grow each year. Puerto Vallarta expects this year’s event to be the most significant Pride event in the region. According to the Vallarta Pride website, local businesses, associations, and the LGBT community have joined forces to organize this event, including concerts, entertainment,...

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5 Ways Expat Living will Benefit Your Child

Some people feel that once they start a family their traveling days are over and that they must put down roots in one place, but this is not necessarily true. Traveling and living in different countries is beneficial to children. Living in another country helps develop children into well-rounded human beings. Expat children enjoy the diversity of growing up in another country, with friends from various backgrounds, different races, and religious beliefs. Awareness and Empathy Raising a child in a new country teaches a child many valuable life lessons. They will experience new cultures, languages, and cuisine. Expat children have a broader...

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Common Questions about Mexican Immigration

We have gathered some of the most common questions we receive from foreigners regarding legal immigration to Mexico. Do I need to apply for a visa to travel to Mexico? Contact your local Mexican consulate to keep updated on travel requirements. The countries listed in this link do not require a visa. http://www.inm.gob.mx/gobmx/word/index.php/paises-no-requieren-visa-para-mexico/ How long can I remain in Mexico on a Visitor’s Permit (FMM) Forma Migratoria Múltiple? Visitors can stay in Mexico for 180 days; you should advise the immigration officer you would like to stay 180 days, as they may not automatically enter 180 days on your permit. Can I request...

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What is the Future of Mexico’s Drug Laws?

Deadly clashes between drug cartels have generated increased violence in Mexico. With targeted murders on the rise, some propose the legalization of drugs to help end the violence. Some are optimistic that the drug laws of Mexico will change. On April 11 the Supreme Court of Mexico granted a new Amparo in favor of personal use of recreational marijuana. The Amparo was added to the 2016 resolution which declared absolute prohibition of recreational use unconstitutional. The case stated that the prohibition of cannabis violates the human right to the free development of personality. This right to the development of personality...

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Save on Taxes and Increase Donations for Your NonProfit Through Incorporation

Do you have a passion that has grown into a not-for-profit organization? Your organization may flourish and save money by creating a Mexican corporation. It will benefit from income tax deductions and encourage both local and international financial donors by offering them a tax-deductible receipt. Not-for-profit organizations are defined as social groups who are not seeking or distributing profit, whose operations are separate from government-run programs. The classification of a nonprofit corporation is Asociación Civil (A.C.), defined as a group of individuals united for a definite time, to carry out a joint purpose that is not illegal or of primarily economic...

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Organ Donation, the Gift of Life in Mexico

We have discussed the subject of dying in Mexico and the importance of a Mexican will, but it is also important to deal with another difficult topic which many people do not discuss with their loved ones, that is becoming an organ donor. National Transplant Center reports that 20,420 people are waiting on an organ or tissue transplant in Mexico. A large percent of those patients are awaiting a kidney transplant. It is very difficult for families of patients in Mexico, often they are expected to find blood donors or organ donors themselves as there are not enough donors or proper...

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Some Basic Facts About Gun Control in Mexico

Do you know it is illegal to enter Mexico with a firearm without a permit from Secretariat of National Defense? Mexican customs agents do not issue gun permits; this permit must be processed before you attempt to cross the border with any type of firearm or ammunition. Anyone entering Mexico with a firearm or ammunition without a permit could face up to five years in prison. All arms must be registered with the Secretariat of National Defense https://www.gob.mx/sedena in accordance with the Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives. The Directorate of Commercialization of Arms and Munitions (Dirección de Comercialización...

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