Chat sites and text messages: A dangerous combo

February 15, 2010
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The internet is as wonderful as it is evil. The dark side is where predators lurk waiting for the unsuspecting innocent to fall into their traps. These creeps lie in wait to menace adults and children alike. The internet, cellular telephones and text messaging can work together to steal, maim and even kill. Many expats […]

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Real estate slowly becoming a great investment here

February 1, 2010
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Lots of people came to Costa Rica during the feeding frenzy in the past decade to invest in property. Today, many of those that invested are licking their wounds because they jumped into the shark-infested waters unprepared. Most of them looked at investing here through kaleidoscope eyes. Projects are not the only thing on hold […]

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Trusts are a good way to insure trustworthiness

January 18, 2010
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Trusts are one of the most important legal documents a lawyer can make for a client in Costa Rica. It is amazing that most attorneys do not know how to create or administer them here. Most people think of trusts in the case of death and inheritance, but they can be used for many more […]

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Country’s sagging infrastructure becomes a priority

November 23, 2009

Narrow streets, massive amounts of potholes, century-old rotting bridges and two-hour long traffic jams for a trip that should take 10 minutes. Sounds like one dreaded Monday morning? Such is the reality of transportation in Costa Rica, which just last month reached a breaking point. The tragedy Oct. 22 when the bridge that communicated Orotina […]

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Rental law is the key to being a happy expat tenant

November 9, 2009
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Renting properties in Costa Rica is as common for locals as it is for foreigners. However, relationships with landlords may be negative for expats who expect property owners to adhere to the basic rental laws. When renting a property in Costa Rica, expats can expect many headaches along the way, most of them provoked by […]

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Customer service finally getting a hard look here

October 26, 2009
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Having a business — despite the effort, paperwork and bureaucracy — can certainly pay off. A small entrepreneur may dream about earning so much success that the local business goes global and becomes a landmark around the world. However, do schools in Costa Rica teach future business owners that what pays them is their clients’ […]

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Preparation lacking for those inevitable earthquakes

October 12, 2009
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Believe it or not, the little green dots represent the epicenters of earthquakes in Costa Rica from 1985 to 2008, based on a new map released last week by the Red Sismológica Nacional. Arrows show the direction of tectonic plates that are causing many of the quakes. Even though it is common knowledge that Costa […]

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