12/25/2010 15:22 EST
I am on vacation, and swore to stay away from Internet, but after been notified of the answers that people put in this forum I couldn't help it. Once again, in my 11 years of experience as a professional counsel I have been witness of many mistakes made by expats, and the common denominator 90% of the time is not caused by Costa Rica itself but by fellow expat advice and by local acquaintance referrals. Yes, if you want to hire a Gringo Crocodile Dundee pseudo guru go right ahead, enjoy the ride. But please do not blame Costa Rica or Costa Ricans for your mistakes, depending on the level of education of the retiree and/or expat, it is common for them to look for advice in a cantina or hotel, but if you hire a reputable serious firm specialized in Immigration Law, Incorporation, Real Estate Law, Business Start up, you are certain that you are receiving advise from professionals. I am not here to solicit business for my legal consulting firms, I just don't feel comfortable with people that don't even speak the language providing advice to newcomers in many cases just looking to make a few extra hundred dollars. Selecting a new place to live is a SERIOUS matter, don't listen to the fellow expat you met in the bar, I mean we all know advice is a nice gesture and it sure is appreciated, or don't follow the words of advice of your new girlfriend in town (in many cases they are either foreigner also or have very little or non formal education). Please in order for you to take advantage of living in a developing country and also cooperating with its development, make sure that you are informed, Read, Read, search for specialized help, from a reputable firm, confirm the education of the counsels, it is possible to find many local attorneys with high education and ethics with postgraduate degrees from top local and US legal and business schools. As my contribution I want to offer expats visiting this forum completely FREE our Pre Relocation Seminar presentation prepared based on our 11 years of experience with foreigners and powered by the knowledge of attorneys from Costa Rica's most prestigious Law School (If your attorney is not an alumnus of the Universidad de Costa Rica THAT SHOULD BE THE FIRST RED LIGHT, PLEASE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY ASK ANY EDUCATED COSTA RICAN ABOUT THIS KEY DETAIL AND ITS RELEVANCE) and from the Number International business school in the world. If you are interest please feel free to requesting it via email to email@example.com
Note:This message was not created to offend anybody or to harm anybody's business but when somebody which is not properly informed of how things work in my country, I can not just sit down and reading it without defending Costa Rica.
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