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If you purchase Costa Rica property, you will need fully bi-lingual Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys. Costa Rica real estate law is so different from real estate law in other countries. The American European Real Estate Group recommends you use a real estate attorney and notary public to purchase real estate and a family lawyer to get married or get a divorce.

You don’t go to a dentist because your feet hurt, even though the dentist is a doctor too.

Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys

To make your Costa Rica real estate business easier for you, we recommend the following:

  • Use a specialized professional for your real estate business, a real estate attorney and not a general attorney.
  • Hire a bilingual attorney.
  • Utilize a real estate attorney with an SUGEF approved escrow account.
  • Hire a lawyer recommended by your real estate agent, this will facilitate the cooperation.

Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys we recommend

Central Valley affiliate partners recommend

Lic. Roger Petersen and Lic. Richard Philps – Costa Rica Law

Attorney Property Services is owned and operated by lawyers Roger Petersen and Rick Philps. They have extensive experience in Real Estate transactions.

Their office offers

Attorney Property Services covers all kind of legal Costa Rica real estate services

  • Real Estate Closings
  • Property Title Searches
  • Due Diligence
  • Escrow Accounts
  • Development Planning
  • Residential and Commercial Leases
  • Title Insurance
  • IRA Investment Property
  • Real estate Purchases
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • and also any matter incidental to your real estate transaction in Costa Rica.

These Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys are all fully bilingual English – Spanish.

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Contact by E-mail   Phones +506-2288-2189 and +506-2288-6228 is your best resource for information about Costa Rica. Costa Rica Law is a great starting point to gather information about Costa Rica. This will in turn help you make informed decisions if you wish to live, work, or do business in Costa Rica. Check the Legal Topics section for hundreds of articles covering many aspects which you may encounter in Costa Rica. Also, the Costa Rica Fact section has great general information about Costa Rica.

PLaw Group was founded by Attorney Roger A. Petersen. A Costa Rican Attorney with years of experience in Costa Rican real estate transactions. Roger Petersen is also author of the best-selling book “The Legal Guide to Costa Rica”. Attorney Property Services focuses on all matters related to real estate transactions in Costa Rica.

Lic. Francisco Molinero Hernandez – LandCo® Real Estate Legal Services

LandCo® Real Estate Legal Services knows every real estate transaction is different and every client needs different things. That is why, from start to finish, LandCo® takes the time to make sure that each client is receiving exactly what they want and what their deal requires.

The LandCo® professionals are licensed Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys and also have degrees in Law, Real Estate, Business Administration, and Finance.

Their staff is very experienced in the real estate buying process in Costa Rica and knows how to effectively and securely execute real estate transactions.

Therefore, “Quality, not Quantity” is not just a saying at LandCo®, it is a business practice. In addition, their staff dedicates themselves to their clients, and also provides them with a business relationship that they can trust.

Contact by E-mail  Phone +506-2201-6431 or check their website

Lic.  Douglas Beard Holst – NCC Abogados

Phone: (506) 2288-6464         Email:    Website

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NCC Abogados

Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys specialists and real estate litigators at NCC Abogados: Lic. Douglas Beard Holst and Lic. Alfredo Núñez Gamboa – Bilingual English – Spanish

The services that distinguish their firm from the rest with a professional profile:

  1. Experience in Real Estate closings
  2. Real Estate Litigation (both civil and criminal)
  3. Due Diligence Investigations
  4. Municipal and Administrative Law
  5. Real Estate investments
  6. Escrow Contracts
  7. Property Planning
  8. Condominium Regulations
  9. Residency and Immigration Law
  10. and the know-how of the system in the procurement of agile and successful solutions.
  11. Professional and ethical legal service, on time and within budget
  12. Capacity of adapting to market changes and implementation of new technologies in benefit of our client’s needs.
Other areas of legal practice:

•    Business Structuring

•    Public and Administrative Law

•    Permits

•    Commercial Law

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Costa Rica Real Estate attorney Douglas Beard Holst

•    Family Law

•    Consumers Rights

•    Labor Law

•    Educational Law

•    Constitutional Law


•    Real Estate Litigation (both civil and criminal)

•    Commercial and Civil Litigation

•    Labor Litigation

•    Criminal Litigation

•    Administrative Litigation

•    Family Litigation

•    Arbitration

•    Foreclosures

Lic. Adrian Fernandez-Madrigal

Attorney Adrian Fernandez is a partner in Consultoría Jurídica Empresarial CJA/ ABOGADOS, Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys.

Adrian Fernandez practices

  • Commercial Law
  • Civil Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporative law
  • Real Estate law

You can reach him at phones (506) 2280-9692 / 2225-9322, or email him.

Lic. Romulo Pacheco Sibaja – Pacheco, Marin & Associados

Full service law firm Pacheco – Marin is located in San José, Costa Rica.

Residency and retirement in Costa Rica can be your reality and they can help.

Attorneys Pacheco and Marin specialize in expats looking to live or retire in Costa Rica. Between the two partners, they cover litigation and specializing in

  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • and business law.

They have litigated in all fields of Law, including

  • civil
  • commercial
  • agrarian
  • insurance
  • banking
  • finance
  • government
  • criminal laws
  • subdivisions
  • Condominium Law

They specialize in immigration and naturalization procedures. Notary Public with great record specializing in real estate procedures.

Contact by E-mail  Phone: +506-2255-1592 or check their website

Lic. Pablo Arias Gonzalez – Atenas

Pablo Arias serves most of all the Atenas real estate market in his office in downtown Atenas.

Costa Rica lawyer Pablo Arias offers the following services

  • notary
  • contracts
  • corporations
  • Costa Rica real estate – land & property,home rental contracts
  • home sales contracts
  • last wills and testaments

Phone: +506-2446-7711  Cell phone: +506-8835-7490   website

Contact by E-mail

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Don’t run any risk buying property in Costa Rica, hire a recommended bi-lingual real estate lawyer

Lic. José Juan Sanchez – CR Law.

Private Client Law Firm in Jaco Beach.

Attorney José Juan Sanchez / CR Law specializes in

Costa Rica Real Estate Transactions
  • purchase and sale documents
  • title verification
  • property inspection
  • title insurance
  • escrow
  • real estate taxes
  • Developers – master declarations
  • zoning
  • by-laws
  • condominium
  • multiple ownership
  • and also Financial & Management Trust
Private Law
  • offshore company formation
  • corporations
  • LLCs
  • Asset Protection Trust
  • estate planning and wills
  • Bank Introductions
  • Residency and Immigration

Contact by E-mail or contact through website. Phone: +506 – 2643-2386

Mobile Phone: +506 – 8380-5974

Address: Residencial Jacó Sol #7B, Jacó Beach, Garabito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica 61101.

Lic. Sergio Jimenez and Licda. Giselle Pacheco


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Jimenez Law – Costa Rica attorneys

Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys located in Avenida Escazu, Building 202, suite 305, specialized in providing legal and financial assistance for Company Organization, Real Estate Development and Condominiums, Trusts,  Labor and Family matters, taxation, litigation in civil and commercial law.

The law firm has a branch located in Pinares, 300 meters West from Walmart.

A Trademark corresponds to the Intellectual Property Department. Members of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and ASIPI.



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Nicoya Peninsula affiliate partner recommends

Lic. Rafael Angel Perez Z. – Bufete Perez & Mejia Asesores Juridicos y Tributarios.

Socio Fundador/Senior Partner.

Pérez & Mejía Asesores Jurídicos is a firm of Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys established since 2002. The two founders, Mr. Pérez Zumbado and Mr. Mejía Mora have more than eight years combined of experience in several areas.

The main difference between their Law Firm and others here in Costa Rica is the possibility for our clients to contact easily the Attorneys they have hired.

Contact by email: or check their website

Phones San Jose Office: 506 22492852/506 22495824 Phones Cobano Office: 506 26420989.

South Pacific affiliate partner recommends

Lic. Jose Arce – Facio Law

Facio Abogados is a Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys firm and was established in 2000 by a select group of experienced professionals. They were seeking to provide a high-standard personalized service to a mostly foreign client base.

The emphasis of the law practice has focused on Corporate and Business Law and Foreign Investment Counselling in the areas of Tourism, Real Estate Development and Transactions and Tax Planning. Nonetheless, the law firm provides a full range of legal services.

The firm consists of 7 partners and 7 associates, along with international of counsel assistance, paralegals, certified translation and bookkeeping services. Furthermore, their services include

  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Civil and Commercial Law
  • Collections
  • Contracts
  • Energy
  • Environmental and Agrarian Law
  • Foreign Investment
  • Free Zones and International Trade
  • Immigration
  • Labor
  • Intellectual Property and Biotechnology Intellectual Property Law
  • Leases and Leasing
  • International Business Transactions
  • Litigation
  • Mining
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private International Law
  • Property Law
  • Public, Government and Administrative Law
  • Real Estate Transactions and Development
  • Taxation and Tax Planning
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism and Shoreline Zone
  • Trusts and Estates.

Contact by E-mail   Phone: + 506-201-8700

Lic. Sergio Solera – Facio & Cañas

Facio & Cañas Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys. Their attorneys participate in a broad range of professional, civic and corporate activities, allowing them to advise clients with accurate understanding of world trends and advances and their specific application in Costa Rica.

Additionally, their backgrounds, experience, ethical principles and knowledge of the country allow them to offer the best legal services available, whether in specific matters or general corporate counseling.

Languages: Spanish and English.Practice areas: civil, corporate, commercial and real estate law.

Contact by E-mail  Phone: +506-256-5555 x 803 or check their website 

Lic. Luis Castro  – BLP Abogados

A group of lawyers who shared a same view of the practice of law founded BLP Abogados in March 2003.

They where convinced that legal advisers must become true business partners of their clients, especially by providing top legal advice with business-sense. Hence the name> Business Law Partners.

Luis M. Castro is a founding partner of BLP Abogados and head of the Real Estate and also Energy Law Practices of the Law Firm. His other practice areas are Hospitality Law, Corporate Law, Infrastructure and Project Finance

Contact by E-mail  Phone: + 506-205-7979

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Central Pacific affiliate partner recommends

RE&B Attorneys

Lic. Marco Fernandez, Lic. Adrian Echeverria or Lic. Eduardo Marquez, they are all excellent communicators, fully bilingual, work very efficiently and quickly, they’re very knowledgeable and most importantly, trustworthy and honest!

Real Estate & Business Attorneys (RE&B), Costa Rica lawyers and attorneys, was founded by a group of highly trained lawyers committed in providing legal services of the highest quality to their clients. The law firm keeps an important international profile as they keep a multinational network with law firms worldwide that allow them to provide our clients with an efficient and integrated service.

Further more, they also keep solid contacts with law firms in the United States, Spain and Latin America.

Their services extend to different areas, particularly to

  • Real Estate Investment
  • Industrial and Intellectual Property Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Foreign Investment
  • Tourism and Hotel Resort Development
  • Customs and International Trade Law
  • Public Notary, etc.

Contact by E-mail   or check their website

Office in San Jose is Plaza Roble, Edificio El Patio #FF-1-3 Phone: +506-2201-8012

C.C Ocean Plaza, Second Floor, Herradura  Phone: +506-2637-7640

Toll Free US – 305-748-4340

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