Aug 19, 2011, 4:46 PM
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ALL Notarios in México are attorneys first, then they take 3 or more years of extra training (internship with a registered Notario) then, if they are lucky or well connected or some registered Notario dies/retires, they can get the necessary license from the State to open their Notaría - a notario's office. Notarios in México, besides being attorneys, are registered agents of the State in which they are licensed.
Re: [salto_jorge] Advice on Buying a house in Cuernavaca or Mexico in general
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Since I'm in business, I go to my Notario FIRST when I need the advice of an attorney. If it is something that needs to go further into the legal system, he will advise me as to whom I should go for further legal work, IF it is something out of the purview of a Notario.
Need to buy land or any real property, go to a Notario.
Need to sell land or real property (particularly if you are taking back a mortgage), go to a Notario.
Need to do a business contract, go to a Notario.
Need to form a corporation, go to a Notario.
Need to make a legal will, go to a Notario.
Need to have a copy of an original document certified as a true copy, go to a Notario.
Need to have your signature on something notarized, go to a Notario. Note: Foreign documents needing to be notarized should be notarized by the consul or consular agent of the country where they originated. Not all countries or even political subdivisions will recognize a Mexican notarization, although many do. If in doubt, check first.
And always, always go to the Notario YOU chose, not one chosen by the other party. He is the only one who will protect YOUR interests, just as salto jorge says. If you are in México for the long term, it is always good to build a relationship with YOUR Notario.
I'm certain that the list of Notario services I have made is incomplete, but it does cover the majority of the things handled by a Notario. All of the things I have listed can ONLY be legally handled by a Notario. Abogados - attorneys - basically just represent you in the court system. They are the ones you go to when you are already in trouble, Notarios try to keep you out of trouble.
(This post was edited by mazbook1 on Aug 19, 2011, 4:58 PM)