About the Carter Law Firm
Jose Carter is the managing partner of Bufete Carter *, is a
graduate of the prestigious University of Costa Rica, considered by
most people to be the best law school in the country. Mr.
Carter speaks English and of course Spanish, and has server as legal
advisor the The Association of residents of Costa Rica, an
association of mostly expatriates living in Costa Rica. He is
enormously well respected in both the Costa Rican and the expatriate
The Carter law firm has been a fixture in San José, Costa Rica
for over thirty years. The firm was started by Jose's father,
Jose Carter is not only an attorney (abogado), he is also
a notary (Notario) and this is a very important distinction.
Notaries in many countries, exert little of no real power or
authority. That is not the case in Costa Rica where a Notary
has enormous power, and thus enormous responsibility, under the law.
Notaries here can do everything from transfer property, enter
records and documents directly to the national registrars, establish
corporations, perform marriages and many other services. Their
signatures on legal documents are seldom questioned. Attorneys
who are not notaries have little or no real power in Costa Rica.
All attorney in Costa Rica must be members in good standing
Colegio de Abogados. If the attorney
is also a Notary, he must be registered at the
Dirección Nacional de Notariado, which is actually administered
by the court system. Jose Cater is a member in good standing
of both organizations.
There are several other associates and attornies in the firm
(see below) to handle the
numerous daily transactions and work load.
The Carter law firm specializes in Real Estate Law, Business Law
and incorporations, Residency Law, and Family Law. We would
invite you to contact us to further discuss your needs.
* In Costa Rica and other Latin countries, a law firm uses
the Spanish term for Law Office which is: bufete.
Thus you will see the name Bufete Carter on business
cards and some legal documents.