Attorney in Costa Rica

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Dr. Christopher Pirie.
Lawyer and trial attorney in Costa Rica.
Law firm in San José and Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

My name is Christopher Pirie. I am a trial attorney in Costa Rica.  Attorney vs. lawyer?  What´s the difference?  It turns out both terms are synonyms.  I practice law as a litigator: an attorney expert in civil actions and trial procedures. Costa Rica law is diverse, so when I am not arguing a case, I  also practice as a  corporate lawyer. But I am not a one-person show. We are a law firm in San José, Costa Rica, and we have a law office of attorneys in Guanacaste. We are a group of English-speaking attorneys ready to assist you. As attorneys, we aim to be the best lawyers and provide the best legal services in Costa Rica. Do you require family litigation lawyers? A legal advisor to file a lawsuit? Have you been served and need to respond to one? As litigators, we will be happy to try your case.

On the other hand, we are corporate and family attorneys and notary publics ready to assist you.  Do you want to buy the property of your dreams in Costa Rica? The properties in Guanacaste are beautiful. We can help you with all that is required to do so safely. Beginning with due diligence, to escrow arrangements, and finally, the notarized closing.  We provide our services in all provinces of Costa Rica: San José, Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Guanacaste, Puntarenas, and Limón.   

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Nine reasons to hire me as your attorney in Costa Rica:

For my academic knowledge: I am a Doctor of Law.

After passing the Bar Exam with flying colors, I became licensed to practice law in 2000. I remember already handling civil lawsuits just a few weeks later.  Over the years, these have included complex civil cases on breaches of contracts and land disputes.  In addition, they include debt collections and defenses in complex civil cases.  Family law became another passion of mine; thus, I litigated these legal matters.   Outside of the trial jurisdictions, I practice commercial and corporate law and as a real estate attorney and notary public.  In 2014, I obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Litigation, Procedures, and Commercial Law, becoming a Doctor of Law in Costa Rica. Because of this, my academic knowledge is the first reason to hire me as your Costa Rica lawyer and legal advisor.  

For my fluency in English: an essential quality for your lawyer in Costa Rica.

As a legal advisor, your lawyer should speak and understand English fluently.  For this reason, many corporate law firms in Costa Rica claim to have attorneys that do. Nevertheless, unlike many of my colleague lawyers, I´ve spoken English since childhood.  In addition, my father´s side of the family is from Ontario, Canada.  As a result, you will receive my legal advice in fluent English.  So rest assured, you will have no barriers to communicating with me.  In short, I am an attorney in Costa Rica that will fully understand you.  Therefore, you should avoid disappointments with law firms in Costa Rica that won´t understand you.  Don´t battle the language barrier with attorneys – the legal situation is a battle all in itself.  Consequently, my fluency in English is the second reason for hiring me as your Costa Rica attorney. 

For my legal experience: more than twenty years of it.

It´s already been more than twenty years!   My experience is one of the most powerful tools in my toolbox.  It was hard work to acquire it.  You benefit from it since the moment you talk to me.  The combination of my knowledge and experience gives me great insight into how best to navigate the legal world, allowing me to create a custom-made strategy for you.  I know the law, the process, and how to win.     My extensive experience is the third reason to hire me as your attorney in Costa Rica.

Because I have an excellent record of winning cases.

I am a specialist in Procedure Law, and I use this effectively.  I have argued infinite cases during my career and have an excellent record of wins for my clients.  You see, many jurisdictions of law are all argued by the same procedures and principles, and as it turns out, I am a Doctor in Procedure Law.  Thus, the combination of knowledge and experience has given me an excellent record of winning cases that I have argued.   My excellent record is the fourth reason for hiring me as your Costa Rica lawyer.

For the duality in my legal practice: an attorney and a notary public.

First and foremost, I act as a lawyer in Costa Rica. But my legal practice is not limited to being an attorney.  So that you know, I have the privilege of a duality you will benefit from. I have also practiced as a  Notary Public.  As such, I draft and notarize legal documents and contracts for clients.  This means you won´t need to hire more legal advisors than you have to.   Thus, the duality of my practice is the fifth reason to hire me as your lawyer in Costa Rica.

For diverse services: as a corporate lawyer and expert in real estate law.

Alternatively, our corporate law firm can provide other attorney services in Costa Rica.  For example, maybe you want to set up a corporation and buy real estate.  Incorporation in Costa Rica is simple with the help of our corporate attorneys.  You should know that being a real estate attorney is not just about transferring properties.  We perform due diligence, set up everything with Escrow, and draft the notarized sales contract. For all purposes, our corporate law firm in San José, Costa Rica, and Guanacaste will ensure that the property transaction is done correctly.  Our varied attorney services are the sixth reason you want to hire me to be your attorney in Costa Rica.

Because we are a group of specialized lawyers:

Our corporate law firm provides specialized legal services in Costa Rica.  Since I am associated with counsel attorney colleagues, you will count on a team of English speaking lawyers in Costa Rica.  On the one hand, you have me as a family, corporate, civil, and commercial trial attorney.  On the other, my skilled colleagues practice in different law fields.  Therefore, our experienced legal professionals are the seventh reason for hiring our Costa Rica law firm.

Because I keep you updated, explain strategies, and return calls!

Nothing worse than an attorney that keeps you in the dark.   Many people complain that many lawyers in Costa Rica do that and are hard to reach.   But, you will find that I am an available attorney and promptly return phone calls.  I take pride in my legal work and will be on top of your case.  Once you hire me as your legal advisor, you will realize I greatly care about my clients.  My availability and commitment to you are the eighth reason to hire me as your Costa Rica lawyer.

For signing overseas if necessary:

Our attorneys are ready to provide you with an international service if needed.  Even though our law firm is in San José, Costa Rica, there have been situations where clients can´t come to our country.  We take advantage of technological advances when this happens, but there are situations in which things have to be done personally.  This is why we are ready to fly to your location if needed.  You should know that when it comes to notarized acts and legal documents, they must be signed in front of the physical persona of the notary public.  So if you need to sign a last will or some other notarized legal document urgently, we will fly the notary public to you. Our notarized international service is the ninth reason to hire our law firm in San José, Costa Rica.

Let me be your legal advisor in Costa Rica:

I have represented many American and Canadian clients for years as an attorney.  In brief, with our law firm, you will acquire a group of legal professionals with the proper academic knowledge. Moreover, you will hire an attorney at law with more than twenty years of legal experience. Not to mention fluent in English.  In short, we are the attorneys and legal advisors you need in Costa Rica. For your convenience, our corporate law firm has several locations:  a law office in Santa Ana and another in Escazú, Plaza Roble, diagonal to Multi Plaza.  We also have a law office in Guanacaste, the most beautiful province of Costa Rica. 

So contact me to be your attorney in Costa Rica, and check out my blog by clicking here! For Spanish, CLICK HERE

Dr. Christopher Pirie – an attorney in Costa Rica. 

Your law firm in San José, Costa Rica.

Law firm and lawyer in Costa Rica.
Attorney in Costa Rica

Dr. Christopher Pirie Gil.
Notary Public / Lawyer

Our law firm provides these services, among others:

Civil lawyer services:

  • Ordinary Civil litigation.
  • Torts, civil damages and restitution lawsuits.
  • Civil law claims.
  • Land disputes and property claiming actions.
  • Injunctions and dominion exclusions.
  • Civil actions for simulations and reversal claims.
  • Civil lawsuits and counter lawsuits.
  • Debt Collection civil actions.
  • General procedure litigation lawyer.
  • Evictions.
  • Precautionary measures.
  • Arbitrations and Mediations.
  • Costa Rica legal advisor in Civil Procedure Law.

Family attorney services:

  • Civil marriages. (Click here to see marriage requirements in Costa Rica.)
  • Same-sex marriages.
  • Family litigation.
  • Divorce lawsuits and marital asset litigation.
  • General litigation attorney.
  • Divorces in Costa Rica by mutual consent.
  • Alimony and child support lawsuits.
  • General family attorney services in Costa Rica.

Of Counsel lawyer services:

  • Immigration Attorney services.
  • Temporary Costa Rica residence.
  • Permanent Costa Rica residence.

As corporate lawyers:

  • Corporate and commercial lawsuits.
  • Lawsuits and corporate litigation.
  • Legal counsel in corporate matters.
  • S.A. and LLC company incorporations.
  • Incorporation due diligence.
  • Corporate modifications and counsel.
  • Contracts.
  • Corporate and commercial law.
  • Business law.
  • Property due diligence.
  • Municipal and maritime due diligence.
  • Estate Planning and Trust Corporate Structures.

Notarized services:


I have used Chis Pirie as an attorney for several years.... unlike many of his contemporaries; I find Chris to be an honest legal advisor. He is highly knowledgeable on the laws of Costa Rica and forthright in his conciliations. I thoroughly recommend him as a Costa Rican lawyer. In short, one of the best law firms in Costa Rica.

Richard Alan Nace
CEO, Othomed del Sol S.A
Everything Mr. Pirie said would happen has. I have my business attorneys in the United States who are very good and effective. I feel just as confident and comfortable with Mr. Pirie. He is a very good attorney at law. I am glad I found him when I was looking at law firms in Costa Rica.
Mark Koethe
Iowa, U.S.A.

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