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Chapter 11 - Legal Matters

If you’re going to buy property in Costa Rica, it’s a good idea to understand a little bit about how the legal system works and how it differs from those of the United States, Canada and some European countries. This chapter will give you an overview of the court system and Napoleonic legal theory, as well as a few pointers on specific legal issues that apply to foreign real estate owners, like residency, corporations, and rental law. Many thanks go to attorney Adolfo García of Lex Counsel (see their contact information in the reference section, Chapter 18) for taking the time to explain this knotty topic.