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Are quick Mexico divorces valid?

September 17 2012 Various online companies claim that valid Mexico divorces can be obtained by Americans in one business day even if one party is unable or unwilling to sign or otherwise participate in the process, and even if the petitioner does not know where the spouse is living.

Official Mexican standards (a.k.a. NOMS)

January 21 2013 Companies doing business in Mexico must be familiar with Mexican business laws and regulations. These include the Commercial Code (Código de…

In California, the equitable doctrine of successor liability may be applied to a corporation

October 11 2012 Equitable doctrine of successor liability may be applied to a corporation that succeeds to the assets of an unincorporated but clearly separate line of business of another corporation.

Are quick Mexico divorces enforceable in California?

September 18 2012 As discussed in our previous posting, many Americans are still obtaining, or trying to obtain, quick divorces in foreign jurisdictions, with Mexico being a “preferred” jurisdiction.

Do you have a financial interest in, or signature authority over, a Mexican financial account?

September 29 2012 If you are a United States citizen or resident and have a financial interest in or signature authority over a Mexican financial account, including a bank account, brokerage account, mutual fund, trust, or other type of foreign financial account, the Bank Secrecy Act may require you to report the account yearly to the Internal Revenue Service by filing a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR).

Official Mexican standards (a.k.a. NOMS)

January 21 2013 Companies doing business in Mexico must be familiar with Mexican business laws and regulations. These include the Commercial Code (Código de…

When the Mexican forum selection clause is mandatory, the traditional forum non conveniens analysis does not apply

December 11 2012 Last week, the Court of Appeal of California affirmed an order staying a forum non conveniens action arising from a purchase agreement for a $20 million beach lot in Cancun, Mexico.

Mexico's trademarks and patents office - 2012 and 2013 holidays

December 5 2012 Please take note that Mexico’s Intellectual Property Institute, which is Mexico's trademarks and patents office, will be closed from December 20, 2012 through January 6, 2013, and on February 4, March 18, May 1, May 6 and November 18, 2013.

Mexico to help improve international tax compliance with respect to FATCA

December 4 2012 After two years of negotiations between the governments of Mexico and the United States, an agreement between the Department of the Treasury and Mexico’s Ministry of Finance and Public Credit to improve international tax compliance including with respect to FATCA has been reached.

California courts may have an interest in a Mexico breach of contract dispute …

November 26 2012 Last week, California’s Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s finding of forum non conveniens, but reversed the order to dismiss and remand with directions to vacate the dismissal and enter an order staying the matter