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Your Big Move to Costa Rica

A move to Costa Rica is one that will take some time and effort to ensure everything goes smoothly. Once the move is complete however, you are going to be able to start enjoying living the life you may have long dreamed of and will know firsthand what it feels like to live in a perpetual vacation one day after another. Of course, many expats living in Costa Rica work and many own their own company or local business, but nothing beats working in paradise where you can feel like you’re on vacation even when you put in 8 hours or more while earning a living every day. Whether you crave spending days on end in the sand and surf at the coast, or you like exploring the jungle or tackling a long hike to see a volcano, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in your spare time in this tropical paradise. There are some great places to shop and dine and numerous night spots where you can meet up with your friends or make new friends with the neighbors you are sure to bond with once you move and start living your new life in Costa Rica. Let the Professionals Help with Your Move   Unless you plan on packing a bag, hopping on a plane and living out of your suitcase or buying everything new, you are going to have some things you will need to ship over when you move to Costa Rica. If you plan to move personal property, you are going to need to have help from a professional international mover. While many rental homes will come with some of the basic furnishings like a bed, dresser and sofa, you may find that you still need some of the smaller household appliances like your coffee maker, blender or other kitchen gadgets. Shipping necessary items in may cost less than buying them new in Costa Rica. If you plan to purchase a home, you will want to not only have an experienced Costa Rican realtor, but for your paperwork it is a good idea to hire a good real estate lawyer to check your paperwork, ensure that the home is not titled to another name and to make sure everything goes smoothly during the purchase. A lawyer can also assist with your residency visa and other necessary documentation you will need to stay in Costa Rica long term. Another consideration is...

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Arvie D. Grady. Jaco, Costa Rica.

After trying several attorneys in Costa Rica and have poor to mediocre service, it was a very pleasant surprise to find a competent and efficient lawyer. I was greatly impressed with his knowledge of real estate laws, and the attitude to accomplish things today, and not tomorrow. I will continue to use Arcelio Hernandez for all my future real estate transactions. Arvie D. Grady Business Development Consultant Jaco, Costa Rica...

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Joseph W. Seay III. Virgina, USA

I have used this firm for all of my legal needs in Costa Rica. From my land settlements, title insurance, wills, whatever. They have always done a great job and are very easy to work with. I highly recommended them and will continue an ongoing relationship. Someone that does a great job, and you can trust , is very hard to find in today’s world. Joseph W. Seay III Business Owner Virgina, USA  ...

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Stanislav Rybak, New Jersey, USA

I have been dealing with Bufete Hernandez Mussio & Asociados for more than a year, and I highly appreciate the expertise and support, which I always get from Arcelio Hernandez, who appeared to be very experienced and very supportive lawyer in all deals he handled. Stanislav Rybak Best Tropics Estates New Jersey, USA...

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Dan Kane, Calgary Alberta, Canada

During our first trip to Costa Rica we had the good fortune to be introduced to Arcelio Hernandez when we were looking for property in Jaco. Arcelio is a partner in in the Law Firm of Bufete Hernandez Mussio and Asociados. I found Arcelio to be absolutely honest, prompt and professional in all he does. He provides an outstanding professional service and is the source a wise advice. I have no reservation in recommending his services to anyone, especially North Americans. His command the English language is superb, as his appreciation of the North American culture and the need for honesty and promptness.     Dan Kane Canadian Government Administrator (403) 241-5960 Calgary Alberta, Canada...

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Stephen Smoot, London

With his pleasant demeanor, thorough understanding of the legal system in Costa Rica and former experience as an official English translator/interpreter with the Supreme Court, he has proven to our Hong Kong investment group that investing in Costa Rica can be done with the utmost professional legal representation.   Stephen Smoot Foreign Equity Transfer Specialist 44-207-9934738 London...

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Extradition

Extradition by Arcelio Hernandez, Esq. Extradition is a special process, involving international law, including treaties and conventions, and local administrative, process, penal and a special extradition law. An experienced lawyer can really make a difference in a successful representation. In general terms, extradition is the formal process by which an individual is delivered from the country where he is located, the requested country, to the requesting country, in order to face criminal prosecution, or if already convicted, to serve a sentence. The participants in extradition are therefore the two countries and the individual who is the subject of the proceedings. The individual being requested for extradition has fundamental rights that must be respected and guaranteed, under our judicial system. Attorney Arcelio Hernandez has represented several important extradition cases. In most cases, he has been able to knock off charges and currently he is defending persons requested by the United States government where a final decision is pending. Cases involve financial crimes and well as international parental kidnapping cases. Our firm has developed a reputation as an advocate of father’s rights, and has fought to defend the visitation rights of fathers unjustly separated from their offspring. But the firm has also represented many women where the man is the one who neglects his responsibilities, so there is a desire to maintain a just balance in matters involving gender issues. One client, Michael W. Lewis whose name was made public in the news, was requested by the United States after bringing his daughters to Costa Rica. Out of a total of 15 counts, attorney Arcelio Hernandez fought to bring down the number of charges for which extradation was granted, and in the end only two counts of international parental kindnapping were authorized for extradition, which under the Treaty of Extradition between Costa Rican and the United States, means that he could only be tried for those two counts, not the other counts involving inter-state financial crimes. He is just one example of the ample experience attorney Arcelio Hernandez has representing clients in the extradition process. Here are links to some news stories involving extradition cases handled by attorney Arcelio Hernandez Mussio:   http://www‌.amcostari‌ca.com/111212.htm http://www‌.amcostari‌ca.com/090902.htm (This one is very important! I was able to knock off 13 out of 15 charges). http://wfn‌ode01.naci‌on.com/201‌0-05-09/Su‌cesos/Nota‌Principal/‌Sucesos2363784.aspx http://www‌.amcostari‌ca.com/200‌8072201.htm   Important News Article Court cuts counts in abduction case By the A.M. Costa Rica staff  Michael Louis is a U.S. citizen detained in Moravia in north San José because...

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Divorce – Child Visitation

PERSERVERANCE; A KEY FACTOR FOR FATHERS IN CHILD VISITATION CASES By Arcelio Hernández Mussio, Esq. Many people have had to go through the very painful and anguishing process of a separation or divorce. When there are children involved, and where there is passionate conflict, similar scenarios arise in many cases. Costa Rica’s law on child support and alimony stipulates a duty of support between the spouses, as well as between parents and their children, among others. When there is resentment on either side, many times we face a typical situation, very damaging to the lives of children, and very traumatic for the parents. The process of “dehumanizing” is always very damaging, and when a person feels that the only reason they are important to somebody else is because of money, not love or human relationships, there can be terrible psychological and emotional consequences. I have seen many cases where a mother uses child visitation as a negotiating tool against a father, who in many cases has a financial advantage over the mother, that is, has more control over money in the household than does the mother. This happens in traditional family models, where the woman is the housewife and the man is the bread earner; however, it can also occur in cases where both parents work. In my experience, both as a court translator and as a family lawyer, when a couple has a bad break-up, the mother, sometimes ill-advised by a greedy and unethical attorney, takes the kids and throws the father out of the house, usually through a court order based on false domestic violence claims, or the father may leave voluntarily, since he figures the children will need a roof over their heads regardless of what happens with his marriage. Immediately, the man finds himself at an economical and emotional disadvantage: he is left without a place to live, he faces a lawsuit for child support and alimony, plus he is sometimes denied the right to see his children, many times as a way of exerting pressure to reach a settlement in the amount to be paid for child support, and in the distribution of marital assets. This forces the father to go to court in order to start a lawsuit for visitation rights against the mother. If all this sound like I am portraying the father as a victim of the system, this is exactly the case, as my personal and professional...

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Wedding in Costa Rica – Legal Tips

The legal documents required for a wedding in Costa Rica are the following: Bride & Groom Full name, place and date of the birth, age, citizenship, profession, passport number and photocopy, current address, marital status, name of parents and their nationality. The birth certificate & the civil status must be authenticated by the Costa Rican Consulate. In case that one or both are divorced or widow, please include name of previous couple and in case of divorce, indicate place and date of the event. Legal Witnesses Two witnesses are required with the following information: Complete name, Marital status, Profession, Citizenship, Passport number, Current address. Costa Rican law mandates that witnesses be acquainted with the bride and groom. Let us recommend the perfect location for your wedding, and make arrangements for the ceremony, including Live Music, Floral Arrangements, Audio & Visual Services, and Transportation....

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