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Get Independent Legal Advice Before Investing In Costa Rica

Steps to Purchase a Property in Costa Rica

Even though it is a must to consult a qualified Costa Rican real estate lawyer, the following basic step by step procedure towards purchasing property in Costa Rica will allow you to better understand the details involved:

Title Search and Due Diligence


Creation of the Legal Structure

Signature of the Purchase Agreement


Closing and Registration

Ongoing: Yearly Property Taxes

Who We Are

About us

Meet our Team of Real Estate Attorneys

GLC Abogados is a full-service Costa Rican law firm whose mission is to protect the interests of individuals and businesses in Costa Rica via the delivery of qualified Costa Rican legal advice.

Our firm has extensive experience and understanding of the existing risks in real estate investment, a combination of Costa Rica’s safe and respected registry with a professional Costa Rican real estate attorney will ensure your interests are protected.

Manuel Porras

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (Arizona, United States) (LLM in International Trade Law and Business Law, 2008).

Universidad de Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica) (Juris Doctorate, 2004).

Diego Elizondo

Universidad de Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica) (Juris Doctorate, 2009).

Europa Universität Viadrina with the participation of Universiteit Utrecht, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, University of Hull, Université de Rennes I, Universität Salzburg (Frankfurt Und Oder, Germany) (Certified Human Rights Program, 2009).

Universidad de Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica) (Posgraduate, Specialization in Commercial Law, 2011).

Universidad de Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica) (Posgraduate, Specialization in Notary and Registry Law, 2012).

INCAE Business School (Alajuela, Costa Rica) (Advanced Negotiation Workshop, 2015).

Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (Barcelona, España) (Posgraduate, Master in International Law with emphasis on business law, 2016, Carolina Foundation Fellow).

The #1 mistake Americans make when buying property in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the best real estate investment destinations in Latin America. As it is well known, the country is a solid democracy and also a respected State of Law where you can rest assured that your assets are properly registered in a reputable centralized digital registry system.

Having said that, its legal & business environment is different from that of North America, originated in Spanish Law and with other influences, it is necessary for a foreign investor to obtain advice from a qualified Costa Rica real estate attorney who understands such differences. At GLC, we have more than 20 years of experience protecting the interests of foreign clients that have successfully invested in our country. With the expert guidance of our Partner Manuel Porras and our Senior Associate attorney Diego Elizondo, our clients benefit from their experience and understanding of the challenges of international investing.

So, what is the #1 mistake Americans and other nationalities make when buying property in Costa Rica?

It is very simple yet extremely important. You see when a Costa Rican citizen is buying a property, he or she will do it with the advice and protection of his lawyer of trust, never with the attorney referred by the real estate broker! Why? For us, it is logical, we want an independent attorney in our corner to make sure that our investment is going to be protected properly. On the other hand, it is…

Key Factors

Why Clients Choose Us

23 years of experience


23 years. GLC was established in 1999 amidst the new economy.


Our lawyers are experienced and have the highest legal education from Costa Rica’s most prestigious Law Schools and have academic degrees from Top US Law and Business Schools, which give us a unique vision.

Regular Updates

Our lawyers provide updates via our customer care department and focus on all the angles to make sure that you receive the best legal service in Costa Rica.

Customer Service

Contact our team via email, phone or visit our office, then our attorneys will study your needs and help you through the legal process.

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What Client’s Say

”GLC Abogados offers a wide array of legal services related to foreign direct investment in Costa Rica and the region including but not limited to: incorporation, residency applications, on shore and offshore banking, permits, business license, real estate developments and closings.

GLC Abogados and its specialized team of attorneys have proven to be ethical and professional in simple and complex legal and business matters.

For the aforesaid reasons, I would recommend them as legal partners in Costa Rica”

Mr. Rory Hascall

Croc’s Casino Resort, President

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Contact Us

+1 786 646 0071 – Toll Free

Headquarters (West): Avenida Escazú, Building 102,
Tower 02, Office 309, San José, Costa Rica.

East Office: 125 m South from Automercado,
Los Yoses, San José, Costa Rica.