Legal Q&A

Legal Q&A

By Ángel Marín Díaz

John and Jane from Boston wrote:

Hi Ángel. Thank you for doing this for the community, you are so appreciated! We have seen many services offered posthumously to take care of the possible litigation and the bureaucracy that follows a foreigner’s death in Mexico. They seem to be all over the place in pricing, and each advocacy group handles one piece of the puzzle but none seem to handle the legal matter from “soup to nuts.”What do you recommend?

Hello John and Jane. You are absolutely correct that there is a laundry list of things that need to be seen to after a member of the guest community passes, including planning the funeral service, obtaining medical certificates of death and state-issued death certificates, notification to the embassy of the deceased’s country of origin, and distribution of the decedent’s estate. 

There does exist a “one stop shop” policy available here in San Miguel de Allende that attends to all of this and serves as an interface with the family left behind to ensure a peaceful process for the inheritors that bridges the language barrier as well as contemplates the legal and the fiscal ramifications for all. The program is called AfterLife™. 

It covers the creation of a primary emergency contact if anything happens to you while anywhere in the Mexican Federation as well as the creation of the numerous documents crafted to comply with Mexican law including an Advance Medical Directive, Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney, and a do-not-resuscitate order (DNR).

Deborah from Boca Raton, FL.

Hi Ángel. My husband and I do not have children and have been long-time residents here in San Miguel. I see that you list legacy bequeathments in your services for estate planning. What does that mean?

Hello Deborah. There are a number of non-profit organizations (NPOs) that operate here in San Miguel and throughout Mexico. Essentially a Legacy Bequeathment is a gift of personal property directed by the provisions of your will to an NPO, a non-governmental organization (NGO), or a civil association (AC) established in Mexico. 

San Miguel has the highest per capita number of organizations providing numerous charitable services including clean water, feeding the hungry, literacy and language, housing, and religion. 

Thank you for your questions. For more specific information on AfterLife, wills, advance directives, legacy bequeathments, asset protection, and notarial services, please contact  Angel Marin Díaz at 4151219005.