The Meléndez & Bonilla Law Firm stands out from the other law firms in Costa Rica because of its experience accumulated during considerable years of work in the area of family law, immigration law, labor law, and business law. The firm knows these laws, their uses, their normal applications, and the jurisprudence of these areas of law.

The law firm of Meléndez & Bonilla is one of the top ranked law firms in Costa Rica and Central America with the highest standards of service and skill. Our law firm offers consultant services and legal representation in all areas of the law including family law, immigration law, labor law, international law, corporation law, business law, and tax law as it applies to new or established Costa Rican business firms and individuals.

Marielos Meléndez H. J.D. LL.D.
Lawyer and Notary / Abogada y Notaria
Telephone +(506) 2224-2800 / Fax +(506) 2225-2909
Toll Free United States / Canada 1-800-378-7542
3335 10th Avenue
Avenue 10 between Calles 33 and 35
100 meters south and 250 meters east from Casa Italia
In front of the Venezuelan Embassy
San José, Costa Rica 10104
Email Lawyer@CostaRicaLawyer.com



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Professional Services


We have created a modern law firm with a strong commitment to a long term relationship with our clients. Our lawyers are multilingual and professional. We have many foreign clients that come to Costa Rica to relocate to a peaceful country for retirement, residency, or for business.

We provide all legal services for your commercial matters and the areas of legislation that relate to your company. Some areas are labor, administrative rights, tributary, licenses, patents, and traffic. Also, Notary Services for the legalization of any legal instrument, consulting for legal actions and contracts, the emission of certifications, title searches and the inscription steps to register property and titles are also available.

At Meléndez & Bonilla Law Firm you get both the individualized service that you would with a private lawyer plus the expertise of a big law firm that can handle commercial litigation at the international level.

Immigration and Residency


We offer our clients full immigration and residency services as well as relocation help for individuals and companies. Our services include immigration permissions for individuals, retirement, family members, investors, and work permits for foreign workers that your company may need.

  • Retirement
  • Foreign income
  • Investment
  • Family
  • Work permits
  • Embassy registration
  • Official translations

Family, Marriage, Divorce


We offer our services for all family matters. Many people get married in Costa Rica and we provide marriage services and prenuptial agreements. Unfortunately some lead to separation and divorce and we provide legal services for child support, alimony, and visitation rights.

  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Prenuptial agreement
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Adoption
  • Settlement agreement

Labor, Hiring, Firing, Pay, Vacations


We pride ourselves on our reputation to complete litigation cases for employees and employers in the matters of employment and labor law. We provide representation in cases of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, non-compete agreements, wrongful termination, employment contracts, and more.

Our firms allows you to arm yourself with the knowledge of your rights under the labor laws.

  • Training and seminars
  • Due diligence and auditing
  • Labor litigation
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Labor contracts
  • Internal labor regulation
  • Revision of pay and working conditions
  • Revision of CAJA and INS
  • Registration with social security and workmen's' insurance

Corporation Formation, Business Law, Regulations


There are many things to be considered while setting up a new business, especially an offshore one. For one, you would need an experienced consultant or a consultancy firm who can assist you fully and properly with your objectives of forming an offshore corporation. The Law Office of Meléndez and Bonilla will be able to provide you with high quality complete turnkey assistance and legal advice in the process of forming a business corporation in Costa Rica.

We offer legal advice in all areas that concern or affect your company, and all aspects of the law that involve commercial activity:

  • The formation of companies, private and public
  • Sociedad Anónima S.A. and Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada S.R.L.
  • Power of attorney, general and specific
  • Certification of good standing (Personerías)
  • Trademarks and commercial names
  • Leases and rent contracts
  • Operating permission for affiliated companies or foreign branches
  • Collections by legal process
  • Certificate of incumbency
  • Taxes and filing requirements
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Marielos Meléndez H. JD LL.D.
Lawyer and Notary / Abogada y Notaria
Telephone +(506) 2224-2800 / Fax +(506) 2225-2909
Toll Free United States / Canada 1-800-378-7542
3335 10th Avenue
Avenue 10 between Calles 33 and 35
100 meters south and 250 meters east from Casa Italia
In front of the Venezuelan Embassy
San José, Costa Rica 10104
Email Lawyer@CostaRicaLawyer.com


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