Practice Areas

We cover all of the legal areas of business. This includes the formation of Corporations, real estate, titles, taxes, registration of foreign corporations, import and export permissions, operating permissions, government concessions, transfer of property, banking, labor contracts and disputes, business contracts, power of attorney, collections, trademark and logo registration, and financial instruments like letters of credit.
We also practice in residency, immigration, and work permits,
We work with businesses in the Free Zone, in foreign countries, and on the Internet.
i We also offer legal representation and services, in case your company may become involved in legal matters beyond its control.

About Us

The Law Firm of Meléndez & Bonilla is located in downtown San José, Costa Rica, one block from the Supreme Court Building. We were formed over twenty one years ago.
The law firm consists of eight lawyers in two different cities.
Our main focus is International Business, with many clients in the United States and Canada, as well as Europe and Japan.
Our attorneys specialize in international business law, immigration law, family law, labor law, trademark and patent registration, collections, and civil and penal suits.
All of our attorneys are members of the Colegio de Abogados de Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Bar Association.

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Corporations, Business Laws, and Permits

  • The formation of corporations
  • Real estate purchase and sales
  • Power of attorney, general and specific
  • Certification of company powers (Personerías)
  • Trade marks and commercial names
  • Public notary documents (Escrituras)
  • Leases and rent contracts
  • Loans and mortgages
  • Operating permission for foreign branches
  • Collections by legal process
  • Study and correction of contracts
  • Preparation of work regulations
  • Demands or defense of a labor demand
  • Workman Benefits and Labor Rights
  • Administrative recruiting
  • Imports and exports
  • Motor vehicle registration and traffic tickets
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Retirement, Residency, and Immigration

  • Immigration application
  • Retirement
  • Residency
  • Investor
  • Student Visa
  • Company Executives
  • Work Permits
  • Naturalization
  • Marriage or Child Visa
  • Sports Visa
  • Clergy and Church Visa
  • Citizenship
  • Police Report
  • Fingerprints
  • Income verification
  • Investment verification
  • Passport Certification
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Marriage, Divorce, and Family Law

  • Marriage
  • Civil Unions
  • Wills and Estates
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Annulment
  • Property Settlement
  • Alimony
  • Child Support
  • Custody
  • Legitimacy
  • Adoption
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Abduction
  • Pre-nuptial Agreement
  • Surrogacy and Fertility
  • Wedding