The Expat Files: Living in Latin America A guide to moving to Latin America, finding work, and settling in.

September 6, 2013  
-On guns and firearms: here are some of the latest rules for expats thinking about buying, owning or shipping down their own favorite firearms to a Latin country.
-Domestic violence against women and children is at near epidemic levels but mostly within Latin middle and lower class families. Latin macho men are nearly always the abusive perpetrators but never go to jail, get fined or end up in court… that is, unless they actually kill their spouses or impregnate an underage girl or two (possibly their own kids). So the sad news here is that that stuff goes unpunished. Latin America is one place you can beat and abuse your wife (and kids) and nearly always get away with it…   
-Here’s some “must know” tidbits that expats really should take into consideration when dealing with lawyers in Latin America   
-You’ve heard rumors about crooked Latin cops and bribes. You might want to know the chances that a Latin cop will plant dope on you or in your car at a traffic stop…ostensibly to just scare the crap out of you and get bigger bribe (called “mordida”)? 
-Have you ever seen one of those bad Hollywood movies that depicts a bunch of drunken Mexican banditios stumbling out of a cantina and firing their guns into the air like madmen? Well believe it or not, there are some Latin middle and lower class neighborhoods where that stuff does happen.... its not all Hollywood fantasy…        
-If you’re interested in getting in the waiting list for an Expat Wisdom Seminar (probably in January) just send an email ( and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop
“AN EXPAT’S GUIDE TO FIRST-WORLD  HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA”, That’s the name of my long awaited free report. It’s finally finished and will be available for a time at As usual, this project grew into something much more extensive than I anticipated (85+ pages) and it took much more time then allotted. But as you will see its just jam packed with real life “boots on the ground” info that you certainly haven’t heard about, with plenty of surprises too. Its up to the minute and I promise there’s nothing quite like it around. Grab a copy and than compare how 21st century Latin American healthcare stacks up to your Heathcare in the states. Read it and weep! And remember the report is free(at least for now).
 -For all of you curious about how our last Expat Wisdom seminar in June went down…  two of our attendees, Deane and Heather, put together a great 10 min slideshow/audio clip with some very cool visuals. Now you can see what it was like (and what you missed) as we all trucked around with our “boots on the ground” Just go to and click on the “slideshow” link.   
   -Follow the link on the main page at to schedule a private consultation with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
-And while you’re at don’t forget to pick up your free reports! 
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