Yearly archive 2005
December 2005 / 41

December 2005 / 41

  Letter from the Editor   Welcome to the big month of December and Welcome to Another Day in Paradise.   Intrepid travelers, we arrive here from all corners. By plane, by bus, by car, we make this pilgrim’s journey every year. Braving long roads and long layovers and the more than occasional exorbitant fare,...

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Letter from the Editor November 2005 / 40

Letter from the Editor November 2005 / 40

November 2005 / 40     Welcome Back to Another Day in Paradise. Sustainable development, it’s not just a lofty ecological goal, it’s a natural law. Technology allows us to ignore it for a time, but in the end nature seeks a balance. You can only push so far one way before it comes pushing...

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Visas & FM documents

Visas & FM documents

Defining non-immigrant, immigrant and immigrated status


Kip and I are both international bastards—born in once place and choosing to live elsewhere. Fighting to get back to or get away from our homelands all our lives. – Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient. Some of my clients and friends, either newcomers or residents, have asked me if it is necessary to obtain a...

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Michener’s Mexico

Michener’s Mexico

Mexico By James A. Michener, 672 pages, Fawcett, 1994


James A. Michener’s Mexico is 672 pages of historical fiction that takes the rich and varied history of Mexico, its people and places, throws them all together in a bag, shakes them up and dumps them out like puzzle pieces all across the country. If you know very little of Mexican history or have visited...

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The Apostille

The Apostille

Making a document legal for use in Mexico


In Mexico, the ONLY authority permitted to draft a deed transferring real property or an interest in real property (such as the fideicomiso) is the Mexican Notary Public. This person is different from a notary public in the United States where a simple exam, a bond, and a rubber stamp can make a notary public...

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Ejidal Property

Ejidal Property

Is it a bargain…or a problem?


EJIDAL (EEEE-heee-doll) properties were established in Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution of 1917 as an outcome of the Revolution and represent probably 50 percent of all the land in Mexico. After the Revolution hundreds of millions of acres from the original Spanish land grants were expropriated by the government and classified as ejidal properties....

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Real Estate & Finance

Real Estate & Finance

On-Going Annual Obligations


Now that I have bought property in Mexico, what do I have to do to keep everything current? For a foreigner, buying property in Mexico is a new and different experience. Most foreigners spend time researching the procedure of buying property, setting up a trust or a corporation and becoming familiar with the different permits...

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