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Legal Ease – HOA Meetings

Legal Ease – HOA Meetings

Each condominium complex in Costa Rica has a set of bylaws known as Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs), outlining the rules, regulations, dues, rights and obl

Legalease – Buying a Business

Legalease – Buying a Business

Do I keep the existing corporation or set up a new one? Most businesses in Costa Rica are run through a legally registered corporation. One of the first decisions to make when

Legal Ease – Tax Time, Corporations and Property Owners

Legal Ease – Tax Time, Corporations and Property Owners

Corporations and/or real estate property owners in Costa Rica are reminded of the need to pay applicable annual taxes. Failure to do so is subject to penalties and possible co

LegalEase – Applying for Costa Rica Residency

LegalEase – Applying for Costa Rica Residency

The application process for Costa Rica residency can seem daunting, even if you have a general sense of what’s expected. Specific questions are likely to arise at various st

Insurance Nuggets – Marchamo – Ouch! What is this?

Insurance Nuggets – Marchamo – Ouch! What is this?

As many are aware, all vehicle owners in Costa Rica are legally required to purchase a minimum level of liability insurance, billed annually as part of their marchamo registra

Insurance Nuggets:

Insurance Nuggets:

Many film buffs of a certain age will likely remember these famous lines of dialog from the classic comedy “Groundhog Day”. Ned: Phil? Hey, Phil? Phil! Phil Connors? Phil

Legalese – What is an Apostille?

Legalese – What is an Apostille?

In March 2011, Costa Rica joined the Hague Apostille Convention, which set global standards for the recognition of public documents among various countries. Through this conve

Insurance Nuggets – A Year in the Life of Insuring

Insurance Nuggets – A Year in the Life of Insuring

‘Twas the night before Christmas as this kid from Jersey sat at his desk I thought how this past year was one of the best. My business increased as I made a lot of new frien

Legal Ease – Corporate Tax Update

Legal Ease – Corporate Tax Update

In addition to imposing an annual tax on all Costa Rican corporations, the new law 9428 requires all inactive corporations to register with the national tax authority (Direcci

Insurance Nuggets – Health Insurance

Insurance Nuggets – Health Insurance

“We are healthy and we never need to go to the doctor.” Over the years as a health insurance provider in Costa Rica, I have heard this more often than not from clients app

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