There are some unexpected consequences to Mexico’s recent US-backed attempts to apply US protections of criminals rights to the 19th century Mexican justice system. Under the US-based system: “… The (GDL police) chief said only 50 arrest warrants have been issued in Guadalajara in the past year and a half — while there are 1,300… Keep Reading
When flying or driving into Mexico, travelers are allowed to bring in certain medications, but others are prohibited. It is illegal, for example, to bring in certain common over-the-counter medicines, such as inhalers and some some allergy/sinus medications. Products that contain stimulants are prohibited, specifically medicines that contain pseudoephedrine (such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers)… Keep Reading
Have you heard anything further about Real Estategate—the case that found many of this area’s real estate firms guilty of monopolistic price fixing? It was really a landmark case. We had the head investigator of the case from COFECE (Mexico’s anti-trust commission) speaking at my corporate law class last week. They’re really encouraging people who… Keep Reading
Last week we won a PROFECO case. PROFECO is a federal consumer protection agency. It concerned a guy who took his truck to a Guadalajara Chevy dealership for servicing. Keep Reading
The issue of same sex marriages has been controversial around the world, and no more so than here in Mexico. While the Mexican Supreme Court has stated that people of the same sex have the right to marry, and certain states have eliminated verbiage in their civil codes that would impede same sex marriages, the reality is that it still remains very difficult.Keep Reading
I understand there is a new Mexican telecommunications law, effective January 1, 2015. Do you know anything about it?Keep Reading
Coming from other countries, we are not used to gardeners and maids suing us, especially if they have not worked properly for us, or even worse, if they’ve stolen from us.Keep Reading
I understand that court cases, both civil and criminal, often take years to finish in Mexico. What do people do in the meantime?
If it’s a criminal matter, it has to go through the proper channels, involving the Ministerio Publico, judges, and courts. So, there’s not much people can do by themselves. But, if it’s a civil matter, like a landlord/tenant dispute, or a neighbor or merchant dispute (not involving fraud, which is criminal), there are things people can do themselves.Keep Reading
Every adult Mexican is issued an official ID card for voting called an IFE card (Instituto Federal Electoral).Keep Reading
You’ve been taking some interesting classes in recent weeks.
Yes, there’s been a series of classes in preparation for instituting oral trials in Jalisco.Keep Reading
The following is an interview conducted with Chapala attorney Spencer McMullen. I understand that you’ve uncovered some issues regarding US lawyers practicing law here illegally. There are at least two American lawyers in the Lake Chapala area who are practicing law here without Mexican licenses (cédulas). Keep Reading
The following is an interview with Chapala attorney Spencer McMullen. The expat community has been reeling over the recent murders of the two Canadian expats by contractors, allegedly, one of whom was working next door to the couple. Should people be worried about their contractors? Keep Reading
Representatives of the state and municipal attorney general’s office (Ministerio Publico Fiscalía General) visited expats at the Lake Chapala Society on November 29th. They gave answers to pre-submitted questions regarding their organizational structure, their relationship to various police organizations, their internal procedures, and the procedures for people to follow in order to engage their services… Keep Reading
The following is an interview with Chapala attorney and official court translator Spencer McMullen. Very extensive reforms have been made to Mexico´s tax laws. They were finalized in November, 2013 and will become effective on January 1, 2014. That doesn’t give people a lot of time to prepare, does it? Keep Reading