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We  want to help you make your dreams come true.  

Tropical Lawyer is for those dreamers who want to take a solid step in the uncertainity that involves moving to a foreign country.

The purpose of Tropical Lawyer is to empower people to move to the tropical paradise of Costa Rica and help their transition from a personal,business and legal perspective.  

Our vision is to become the first relocation consulting firm in the country. 

 
 
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Tropical lawyer is a spin off from my other arbitration and human rights boutique firm HDUARTE-LEX.Both companies have been founded by Herman M. Duarte, a salvadoran/swiss lawyer who moved to Costa Rica in the year 2012 to fulfill his dream of work and live in the tropics and in a much more inclusive society.

Herman was included in the 2017 Chambers & Partners Global Guide as a foreign expert in Costa Rica and has received numerous accolades, such as the ICAL ALUMNI Association “Outstanding Alumni Award”, as well as recognition as a leading "Promoter of Freedom of Expression" by Prensa Gráfica, the major newspaper in El Salvador. He is also part of the HIVE Global leaders community

There is so much information on residency matters in Costa Rica... Where to start? don´t google your answers, get a free consultation by real profesionals first. You will save: time, stress and money.  

If you hire the right lawyer, that is, someone who can give you the security of presenting a solid and coherent case to the migration office in which it proves that you, as a foreigner, will not take away opportunities for locals; then you will be able to obtain residency without a trouble.

Keep in mind that there are hundreds of agencies that are offering services to obtain legal residencies, but the vast majority does not understand the finality and the reasons behind the process. Most of these agencies use a set of forms that ignores the realities and differences from each person. 

We acknoledge that fact and that constant need of ethical, professional and honest lawyers in the immigration field. 

Marriage  

Marriage

 

Manager/Executive/Independent professional

Manager/Executive/Independent professional

Investor

Investor

Scientist

Scientist

Retiree

Retiree

Rentier

Rentier

There are different ways to obtain residency  in Costa Rica, the most popular are listed above. Each type of residency has its complexities, but in the hands of the proper lawyer then nothing should be to difficult to handle.  

Some basic aspects to keep in mind:

  • Documents must be legalized (apostille, is a word you will find helpful).
  • Documents must be translated into spanish, the official language of Costa Rica
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TROPICAL LAWYER, we offer a one stop only type of services: 

  • We will help you make the decision, bring you the pros and cons of Costa Rica, in order to make this decision easier for you.
  • We will help you create, structure and put into function your business.
  • We will help you obtain the legal residency that best matches your profile, saving you time and money.
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Real Estate Due Diligence Checklist

Acquisition Actions / Documents

  1. Title/Survey/Zoning Matters
  2. Tenant/Lease Matters
  3. Financial Matters
  4. Service Contracts
  5. Litigation
  6. Insurance
  7. Physical Property Inspection and Review
  8. Personal Property Inventory
  9. Governmental Review
  10. Closing and Miscellaneous Actions
  11. Financing Matters (If applicable)
  12. Internal Procedures and Reporting

In Costa Rica, the problem is that there are hundreds of options to choose from. Therefore, once you have a clear idea of where you want to settle, you better choose your lawyer right.

Tropical Lawyer is an expert firm in dispute resolution prevention and brings that approach to the table in the moment to advise you in the purchase or development of a small, private purchase and sale, or a large-scale, master-planned development and resort, real estate transactions. We can help in any of these matters

  • Beachfront property concessions
  • Condominium projects
  • Marina developments
  • Real estate due diligence
  • Resort and master-planned residential community developments
  • Title insurance issues
  • Tourism infrastructure projects

We offer expertise across the spectrum of sector issues including land acquisitions, urban regulations, condominiums, due diligence processes, and the review and negotiation of contracts. If we can´t handle it, we will team up to make sure you get all the necesarry hands to get the results that are expected.

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Founder

Portraits by Anthony Murillo

Herman M. Duarte

Founder at Tropical Lawyer

Founding Partner at Hduarte-LEX

Founder at Igualitos (NGO)

 

Interested in working together? Schedule a design consultation below.

 

"Why? because I have been in your shoes. I care and I want to become that firm I needed, in the year 2012, when I made the decision to move to Costa Rica. 

In the year 2012, there were no business opportunites for me as an open gay man in El Salvador. I had to to do something in order to spread my wings and be able to develop my professional skills. I remember I was afraid of failing not only as a professional, but also as an individual. Moving to another country requires time, due diligence of many aspects, self sacrifice and the right amount of naiveness. 

I once read "BE WHO YOU NEEDED WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD" and I want to be that person, for all of those people out there."

Herman M. Duarte, THE Tropical Lawyer

 
 

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