How to Protect a Real Good Real Estate Deal

October 25, 2004
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Another in a series in legal awareness Let the buyer beware: Some deals are done in triplicate. In many places in Costa Rica, property values are moving so fast that a great deal reached Monday could be history Friday. Here is the ever-so-common scenario: A dream property is found for only $100K. A deal is […]

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Constitutional Court Ducks Key Decision on Rights

September 27, 2004
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Italian Renaissance painter Raffaello Sanzio depicts King Solomon’s answer to a ticklish ownership dispute. But the Sala IV did the opposite: It declined to unite two different philosophies. The Sala IV, the supreme court of Costa Rica, had a chance to decide who will be protected in real estate fraud cases. Much to the amazement […]

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Beach Land Can Be a Legal Swamp

September 13, 2004
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Costa Rica has one of the best legal structures in Central America. There are rules to protect the rights of the people in almost all areas. However, these laws, because of their comprehensiveness, end up protecting the crooks, too. One subject of special interest to investors and purchasers of property is the Maritime-Terrestrial Zone. In […]

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Tax, Court and Registry Workers Improving

August 16, 2004
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Years later, they are getting act together What do entropy and the Big Bang Theory have to do with the Registro Nacional, Costa Rica’s public registry center, Tributacion Directa, the country’s tax authority and other public institutions in Costa Rica? Entropy is a measure of the disorder or randomness in a closed system, and The […]

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Officials Have to Answer Your Applications

August 4, 2004
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Law gives the public a weapon against delay Have you ever felt helpless in front of a government office in Costa Rica? There are ways you can fight back. Costa Rica currently has approximately 200 public institutions. They are probably the No. 1 cause of frustration for those living in this country. The number of […]

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Easements Can Let You Retain Your Lifestyle

July 19, 2004
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Easements can keep the backhoes away Costa Rica is growing fast. Much of the growth is uncontrolled and can trample you if you’re not careful. Costa Rica has strong laws to protect intrinsic property rights, many of which are unknown and thus go unused here. Powerful little-known easement laws protect property owners so they can […]

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Superfast Internet Fails to Meet Its Promise

June 28, 2004
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When it comes to Internet, ADSL is incredibly fast. It will give you a whole new world of content at your fingertips — in a flash. Whether it’s the latest music, a CNN news video, or a streaming movie, ADSL will beam it to you at lightning speed. The only thing that isn’t fast about […]

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