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Legal Adventures in Mexico Blog - Expats in Mexico

Spencer McMullen

Spencer McMullen
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Spencer McMullen's Legal Adventures in Mexico blog covers a wide range of legal matters from immigration to local labor laws. Spencer is an attorney and Official Court translator. His Chapala Law offices are in Guadalajara and Chapala.
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Tips on Renting in Mexico to Avoid Problems

Landlord and tenant issues are some of the most frequent controversies we see with expats, so today I’m offering tips on renting in Mexico...
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Something All Expats in Mexico Should Know About

Here’s something all expats in Mexico should know about if you have a dormant bank account in the U.S.: if you don’t claim your...
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Rules for Crossing the Border with Money or Negotiable Instruments

Many countries have enacted legislation to combat money laundering, which is used to avoid lawful payment of taxes or disguise illegal operations.  They have...
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How to Form a New Business in Mexico

Often expats ask me how to form a new business in Mexico. Today, I’m going to take you through the steps required by Mexican...
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Opening a Small Business in Mexico

There are many options for opening a small business in Mexico.  As in many countries, you can form a company or be a sole...
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How to Handle an Expat Death in Mexico

Most expats come to Mexico to live a relaxed lifestyle, but at some point you need to know how to handle an expat death...
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Visa Requirements for Moving to Mexico

If you’re planning a move to Mexico in 2017 or applying for, changing or renewing a visa within Mexico, you need to be familiar...
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Avoid Trouble When Visiting Mexico: Fill Out the FMM Tourist Card

If you are coming to Mexico in 2017, please make sure you completely and accurately fill out the FMM tourist card you are given...
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End of the Year Information for Expats in Mexico

As the year ends there are a few things expats in Mexico should know:First, most Mexican government offices are closed for the rest of...
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How to Protect Yourself in Mexico with Contracts

The best way to avoid problems and misunderstandings when they arise is to protect yourself in Mexico with contracts. Reduce your agreement to writing...
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