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Legal System in Mexico

legal system in Mexico

Despite what you may have heard, the legal system in Mexico is highly evolved. It is different from the systems in Canada and the U.S. and although somewhat complex (not unlike Canada and the U.S.), it is effective but slow.

The vast majority of people, no matter where they live, rarely get caught up in the complex legal system in Mexico, and are usually only exposed to those laws that affect their every day living.

In this section we will cover those issues and point out the differences between Mexico, Canada and the United States.

A case in point would be an Apostille, which is a process that serves as a way for documents to be recognized across international borders. The United States and Mexico recognize the Apostille process, but Canada does not. This is one of the many things you’ll learn when you come on a Focus on Mexico program.

 Information on Apostille in Spanish...

Information on Apostille in English...

 Stan & Betty McArthur
“We are extremely grateful for the information and experience gained from the ‘Focus On Mexico’ program. Had we come to this area on our own, it would have been impossible to have learned so much. The conferences, University @ the Bar sessions, realtor presentations, bus trips, etc., provided us with an opportunity of a lifetime at an affordable cost. Should we decide to relocate to Mexico, we have already met wonderful people through ‘Focus On Mexico’ and we look forward to being part of the Alumni.”

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