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We recommend some Costa Rica attorneys for your Costa Rica real estate and Costa Rica Immigration and Legal needs.

GoDutch Realty recommends using the right lawyers when you move to Costa Rica and when you buy Costa Rica real estate. Costa Rica offers literally thousands of attorneys, so where do you start? It is really very simple. Do as you have always done back home. Would you have an attorney specialized in family law take care of your Costa Rica real estate transaction or the other way around? Of course, you would not.

Costa Rica Real Estate for saleSo when you purchase a property in Costa Rica, please use a lawyer who specializes in Costa Rica real estate, one ho speaks English and one who gives escrow services.

In Costa Rica, you will find many attorneys who specialize in aiding foreigners who need services like Costa Rica residency (in its different forms) and Costa Rica real estate transaction. Most speak English of course. Attorneys in general charge as is regulated by their college. Of course, you will always find those that charge less. Those attorneys that are well known and have a well-earned reputation, will not give you any discount. But you can expect a Costa Rica real estate transaction well done.

Money laundering laws in Costa Rica oblige Notaries and attorneys to register their escrow account with the General Superintendent of Financial Institutions (SUGEF). This is the overseeing regulator of banks in Costa Rica, just to make sure their escrow accounts are not used to launder money. Therefore, picking the right attorney for real estate in Costa Rica is very important as you want to use one who offers the services of escrow services in Costa Rica. If not, you will be stuck with the escrow services in Costa Rica of the title companies and our experience there is very messy and your real estate agent will have a hard time figuring it all out.

Costa Rica ImmigrationEven though banks nowadays are not giving any mortgages to non-residents and only to residents, you might want to inform yourself well with your real estate agent if you plan to purchase a property in Costa Rica with bank financing.

The bank will oblige you to use the banks real estate attorney in Costa Rica and not your own for the closing. But to be able to get an option to purchase in place (one of the requirements to get the loan), you will need a real estate attorney in Costa Rica who does not work for the bank and you will need one who offers the escrow services in Costa Rica.

In some occasions, it might be necessary to use a trust to own your real estate or when you loan money for a mortgage to someone. In that case, make sure you use the right attorney because you will need a 3rd party you can trust as a trustee. All the attorneys recommended by GoDutch Realty can service you for any trust agreement.

In case you want to buy your Costa Rica real estate using your 401K or IRA, you will need the help of a good real estate attorney to set this up with your IRA or 401K custodian. Few Costa Rican attorneys know how this works, so make sure you ask your GoDutch Realty agent to recommend you the right attorney to help you with your due diligence.

GoDutch recommends the following attorneys for your property in Costa Rica and Costa Rica residency needs from many years of working together, all these attorneys and their staff speak English. Of course, that does not mean we will not work well with the attorney you tell us to work with, but we definitely recommend these attorneys below as we have worked with them over and over again. There is no purpose to the order of the recommended attorneys recommended by us.

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

Costa Rica law is your best option for real estate transactions in Costa Rica. The Company is owned and operated by Attorney’s who have extensive experience in Real Estate transactions. Let our firm of Real Estate Attorney’s guide you through your Costa Rica Real Estate venture. We offer Real Estate Closings, Property Title Searches, Due Diligence, Escrow Accounts, Development Planning, Residential and Commerical Leases, Title Insurance, IRA Investment Property, Real Estate Purchases, Purchase and Sale Agreements and any matter incidental to your real estate transaction in Costa Rica. We are all fully bilingual English – Spanish.

Phones +506-2288-2189 and +506-2288-6228


Websites: is your best resource for information about Costa Rica. is a great starting point to gather information about Costa Rica which 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. 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 and 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. Douglas Beard Holst – NCC Abogados

Phone: (506) 2288-6464

Real estate specialists and real estate litigators at NCC Abogados: Lic.Douglas Beard Holst and Lic. Alfredo Núñez Gamboa – Bilingual English – Spanish NCC Lawyers logo

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

-Business vision, experience in Real Estate Closings, Real Estate Litigation (both civil and criminal), Due Diligence Investigations, Municipal and Administrative Law, Real Estate investments, Escrow Contracts, Property Planning, Condominium Regulations, Residency and Immigration Law, etc., and the know-how of the system in the procurement of agile and successful solutions.

-Professional and ethical legal service, on time and within budget.

-The 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
  • Family LawCosta Rica real estate attorney Douglas Beard Holst
  • 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.

He practices Commercial Law, Civil Law, Intelectual Property, Corporative and Real Estate.

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

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.

All LandCo® professionals are licensed and have degrees in Law, Real Estate, Business Administration, and Finance. Our staff is very experienced in the real estate buying process in Costa Rica and knows how to effectively and securely execute real estate transactions. “Quality, not Quantity” is not just a saying at LandCo®, it is a business practice. Our staff dedicates themselves to our clients and provides them with a business relationship that they can trust.

Phone +506-2201-6431

Lic. José Juan Sanchez – CR Law. Private Client Law Firm in Jaco Beach.  

CR Law 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, Financial & Management Trust. Private Law – offshore company formation, corporations, LLCs, Asset Protection Trust, estate planning and wills. Bank Introductions, Residency and Immigration

Email: or contact through the website.
Phone: +506 – 2643-2386
Address: Mobile Phone: Cell +506 – 8380-5974
Residencial Jacó Sol #7B, Jacó Beach, Garabito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica 61101.

Lic. Sergio Jimenez and Licda. Giselle Pacheco


Law firm 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.
A branch of the law firm is 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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Lic. Romulo Pacheco Sibaja – Pacheco, Marin & Associados

Pacheco – Marin is a full-service law firm located in San José, Costa Rica. Residency and retirement in Costa Rica can be your reality and we can help. We 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. Has litigated in all fields of Law, including civil, commercial, agrarian, insurance, banking, finance, government and criminal laws; Subdivisions, and Condominium Law expert.
Specializing in immigration and naturalization procedures. Notary Public with great record specializing in real estate procedures.

Phone: +506-4052-4055

website: click here


Lic. Pablo Arias Gonzalez – Atenas

Attorney Pablo Arias is located in downtown Atenas and serves the Atenas real estate market. He offers notary, contracts, corporations, Costa Rica real estate – land & property, of home rental contracts and home sales contracts, last wills and testaments.
Call Atenas attorney and Notary:
Telefax: +506-2446-7711 (Atenas)
Mobile: +506-8835-7490

Lic. Agustín Alvarez Clare

Attorney Agustín Alvarez is located in Jaco Beach and works mainly on a referral basis. A.L.I. Solutions, a one-stop corporate facility providing solutions to your business, including accounting, law, administration, and tax matters. A service oriented solution center where every client is a top priority. Our portfolio of clients ranges from small to large, including hotels, homeowners associations and individuals from the whole Central Pacific area.

Call Jaco Beach attorney Agustín Alvarez:
Phone: +506-2643-1602
Fax: +506-2643-1636
Mobile +506-7014-7500

Costa Rica ResidencyAll these law offices offer title insurance, escrow services, and many other services but are specialized in Costa Rica real estate law and are the best choice when you buy a home or lots in Costa Rica.

If you contact them, please tell them that you were referred to them by GoDutch Realty, so they will give you the special GoDutch Realty treatment.

Costa Rica immigration and Costa Rica residency obligations

Of course, you will need also the best attorneys in town to apply for your Costa Rica residency. Usually, newcomers will first buy a home in Costa Rica and then pursue their residency. There is an order to things but unfortunately, the normal order anywhere else in the world will not apply to Costa Rican logic. To open a bank account in Costa Rica, you will need to be a resident or a citizen. To apply for a mortgage in Costa Rica, you need to have what they call at the banks “roots or a foothold in the country”. You cannot open a bank account without having an address. Therefore, the escrow account of your real estate attorney in Costa Rica becomes so important. If you buy a house in Costa Rica, how can you pay for it? Renting a house short term while you get everything in place would be a simple way to get it all done.

Costa Rica immigration and Costa Rica residency applications are one of the hardest needs to recommend anyone as over the years many offices giving those services and advertising them on different websites have disappeared on people, after receiving their down payments. It is not so much the money issue but even more the hassle of having to start all over after you have found out that your documents were lost or the Costa Rica immigration attorney you used disappeared. Make sure you check who you are dealing with before you give them any money or your documents.

Real Estate Attorney in Costa RicaEvery now and then, Costa Rica immigration will change the rules and regulations again and it is hard to keep up with it. If you come from places that are not as simple as they might look, like Trinidad & Tobago, Bermuda, Stalingrad or Peking, you need to make sure you dedicate some extra time to this issue.

Therefore you will find relatively few good Costa Rica immigration attorneys who specialize in this matter and many attorneys who don not want to bother with the Costa Rica immigration and Costa Rica residency for foreigners.

We only feel comfortable recommending only one attorney’s office for Costa Rica residency matters:

Lic. Romulo Pacheco Sibaja, Pacheco, Marin & Ass.
Phone: +506-4052-4055

Costa Rica immigration attorney Romulo Pacheco and his partner Luis Guillermo Marí­n are of course fully bi-lingual and their website is full of info. Just to be sure you are up to date and have all the correct info, send them an email with all your questions.

Property in Costa RicaYou do need to know that it depends a lot on what your nationality is, how easy it will be on you and your paperwork to get your legal Costa Rica residency, so arm yourself with patience and make sure you do the right thing.

Do not get ever get mad at the system (or your Costa Rica immigration attorney) because you probably do not realize that foreigners in your own country DO have to go through the same things.

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