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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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Wills and Estates in Mexico Q & A

WHAT IS WILL MONTH IN MEXICO?

September is Will month in Mexico. It’s a reminder to prepare for the inevitable and leave your affairs in order, so that family members inherit property and not complications. 

MexLaw attorneys can assist you in preparing your Mexican Will and answer any questions you may have about your estate.

During September and October, we are offering a discounted price of only $250 USD (regular price $450). 

Take advantage of this promotion before October 31, 2019.

Another Timeshare Risk – Is it a Mexican Corporation?

Although there are legitimate vacation or timeshare companies out there, and some may suit your family's vacation needs, you need to be aware of the less scrupulous timeshare companies in Mexico. Timeshares have a terrible reputation, and as stories about timeshare fraud continue to make the headlines, the industry continues to thrive, seducing tourists into buying into their resorts every day.  Most importantly you should never sign any contract without having it reviewed by a lawyer and although this point seems logical, for some reason people will sign legal documents and pay a large deposit during a timeshare presentation, something they...

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 8 Reasons to Hire an Architect in Mexico

Whether you are renovating, restoring, or building a new structure, you should consider hiring an architect. The architect's job is to bring your vision to life, but there are many other aspects of their profession. Architects are professionally educated and have the experience to create and execute a beautifully functional design, optimizing the space, and ensuring the safety of its occupants.  Dealing with permits and licenses in Mexico can be a challenge your architect will obtain the necessary permits and ensure your project is carried out legally, avoiding issues with the government agencies, fines, or work stoppage.  They have...

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When Expat Marriages Break Down in Mexico

Living in a foreign country can add to the complications of marriage and divorce; it is like walking a tightrope between the legislation or two countries. We recommend that you make an appointment with a Mexican lawyer they will review your situation and advise you how to proceed.  My spouse and I are both Canadian, we were married in Canada, but we have been living in Mexico for four years. We have decided to file for a divorce, do we need to return to Canada to begin the divorce process?  -No, the Canadian Courts will not have jurisdiction over your divorce, since...

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Avoiding Scams in a Tourist Town

We use the Riviera Maya as an example, but these tips are useful in any country you visit. There are so many amazing things that attract foreigners to visit, live, and retire in Mexico but like any country, there are a few known scams to watch out for. As you arrive at the airport in Cancun or any other tourist destination, you will be swarmed by transport providers, tour operators, and timeshare salespeople. Although respectable tour and transport providers are vying for your attention, many unscrupulous people will lie and try to mislead you to get your business. An example of...

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Airbnb Guests – A Captive Audience for Additional Revenue

Renting your Mexican property out privately or through platforms such as Airbnb can provide a significant income, plus you have the opportunity to increase your revenue by providing additional services to your guests. Your guests are a captive audience who are usually looking for many of these services; you may as well be the one to provide them. Your guests will be impressed, which also means positive reviews and return visits. If you live in the area you have probably made some great contacts who can assist you with these services; it may be time to network to put these ideas...

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Improved Labor Laws for Domestic Employees in Mexico

One of the luxuries of living in Mexico is being able to afford to hire a housekeeper, nanny, or a gardener. Domestic workers typically have a casual agreement with their employer and are often paid in cash without benefits. If you employ domestic workers, you should be aware of the recent changes to labor laws for these workers. Although this will take time to make a difference in people's lives, laws are changing to improve the work life of domestic employees and underage children. Mexican Congress voted unanimously to expand the labor rights for domestic workers.  The new labor reform...

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