Category Archives: How To’s

How to make phone calls Lakeside

Make Phone Calls CHS
Making a phone call can be confusing, especially for newcomers. Cell phone to cell phone or landline to landline is pretty basic, but did you know you have to dial different numbers if calling a landline from a cell phone? Or different again from a cell phone to landline? Did you know that Las Fuentes is a long distance call? Let’s keep it simple with a guide and a map.

In addition, here are the Area Codes for country, state and Lakeside

Area Codes Mexico

Area Codes Jalisco

Area Codes Lakeside

Notario’s Closing Costs

Closing Costs
Closing costs are approximately 3 – 4% of the purchase price for most transactions. Recently, the high dollar exchange have many clients paying less, in the 2.6 – 2.8% range.

Most notaries will provide a line item spreadsheet, prior to closing, itemizing each cost. You cannot avoid these closing costs as a buyer. They are an obligatory part of the legal process that allows a buyer to safely obtain property in Mexico.

The largest fees are the transfer tax, notary fees and the appraisal. These fees are all based on the appraised tax value, not the actual purchase price. In general, the appraised value is about half of the purchase price. When the appraised value comes in high, the overall percentage paid at closing will increase. The appraised value often comes in quite close to the tax value you see on your annual predial (tax bill). By law, it cannot be less than that.

Occasionally the Notario will negotiate their fee. They do not have to. Some Notarios charge more than others and in some cases even actually provide MORE or BETTER service and accuracy in exchange for the higher fees. What a concept.

Sample of Closing Costs

Payroll receipt

Recibo
Whenever you pay out cash for wages or contract work, you should obtain a signed receipt or recibo. If ever there is a wage dispute, the emphasis is upon the employer to prove that wages were paid. Mexican Labor law leans heavily towards protecting the employee, which is refreshing to see, but you also need to protect yourself. If you have a property manager or someone who handles payroll, ensure they have signed receipts filed for future reference.

You can buy a receipt book from any stationery store or papelería. As long as it accounts for the date paid, the amount, employee name, work completed and a place for a signature, you’re covered.

We have created a generic recibo in both Spanish and English for your use.  It is designed for part-time staff or contractors paid bi-weekly, weekly, daily or hourly. It can be used for extra or overtime hours as well. We have also accounted for the address where the work was completed. There are two receipts per page, one copy for your employee and one for you.  You can print from the website or download for future use.

We would appreciate your feedback on this form.  Does it work for you? Is it missing anything? Send us your comments to improve this receipt.

Gracias!

Download your Recibo here

Calculate Domestic Staff Severance

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Severance or Finiquito

When you sell your home, you will need to severe the employment of all your staff (maid, gardener, etc.).  They can then be recommended and re-hired by the new home owner.  You need to calculate each employee’s severance or finiquito, which includes severance days owed, vacation pay and Christmas bonus or Aguinaldo.

We highly recommend keeping receipts of all yearly vacation pay and Christmas bonus (including gifts), signed by your staff member, as you may be held accountable for past years at the time of severance.

Download the spreadsheet and input 6 pieces of information into the blue  boxes.  The rest is auto-calculated for you! If you have any questions, please call us for more clarification.

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Calculate Domestic Staff Severance

Disclaimer: You must not rely on the information in the report as an alternative to legal or accountancy advice from an appropriately qualified professional.  If you have any specific questions about any legal or accountancy matters, you should consult an appropriately qualified professional.  If you choose to use this spreadsheet, we will not be held liable in respect of any special, indirect or consequential loss or miscalculation.

Calculate Domestic Staff Christmas Bonus

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Feliz Navidad!

Your domestic staff will expect a Christmas Bonus or Aguinaldo before December 20th of each year.  How do you calculate that, you ask?  You can download this spreadsheet, input the required information in the blue boxes and voila! It will auto-calculate an estimate for you.

We highly recommend that your staff sign to acknowledge payment for each year, as you may be held accountable for past years at the time of severance.

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Calculate Domestic Staff Christmas Bonus

Disclaimer: You must not rely on the information in the report as an alternative to legal or accountancy advice from an appropriately qualified professional.  If you have any specific questions about any legal or accountancy matters, you should consult an appropriately qualified professional.  If you choose to use this spreadsheet, we will not be held liable in respect of any special, indirect or consequential loss or miscalculation.

Guides to Mexican Labor Law

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When researching Mexican Labor Law, I came across these English guides.  They are very helpful PDFs on the various aspects of Mexican Labor Law, which is complicated and confusing at times.

They were downloaded from the website of The North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation, published by the Commission for Labor Cooperation among Canada, USA and Mexico.  I was not able to find an issue date, so cannot confirm their accuracy.

You can visit their website here, and/or download the PDFs below:

Foreign Workers Guide to Labor and Employment Laws in Mexico
Guide to Child Labor Laws in Mexico
Guide to Disability and Health Care in Mexico
Guide to Employment Discrimination Laws in Mexico
Guide to Labor Relations Law in Mexico
Guide to Minimim Employment Standards Pay Deductions and Severance Pay for Unjustified Firing in Mexico
Guide to On The Job Injuries in Mexico
Guide to On The Job Safety and Health in Mexico
Guide to Pesticide Safety in Mexico
Guide to Prohibiting Forced Labor in Mexico
Guide to Resolving Labor Disputes in Mexico
Guide to Social Security and Retirement in Mexico
Womens Guide to Work and Pregnancy in Mexico

Complete Guide

Disclaimer: The legal content in these Guides are meant for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as legal advice. For legal advice, you should contact a lawyer with appropriate expertise.