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  1. I sometimes use Ishop's Laredo address to receive things like credit cards, etc. I pay Ishop 60 p. for each piece, or about $3. The poster is asking for $80 for 14 months or about $6 US per month and he specifies that it must be someone who gets little mail and no magazines. Unless you receive more than 2 pieces of mail every month, I don't understand the advantage. I also have a p.o. box in Chapala where I get things like Christmas cards, and only use Ishop for things like credit cards.
  2. Azucena Bateman is a local MXN attorney who is the "go-to" for a lot of newbies. She's experienced, qualified and I'm sure that she could help with your tax questions. She's on Facebook, I think under "ABC Legal". I highly recommend her.
  3. To me, the doctor's "ha ha" response is sad and snide. I expect better from a professional. He may have made a profit on the flu vaccinations, but I suspect he lost patients over it.
  4. Dr. Hernandez - I don't often post on this webboard, but I read it every day because I learn a lot from it. Today, I received 7 "likes" to my post from other readers and one message. It was from you. Just a smiley face emoji and the words "ha ha". Did I miss something, maybe the rest of your message, or was this in fact your entire response? Your total response was "ha ha"??? Very professional.
  5. Dr. Hernandez - At your suggestion, I went back and re-read your post. Twice. You spent more time describing the many community projects and charities you're involved in than explaining why you charge so much more than anyone else for the flu vaccine. I still don't understand what one has to do with the other. For me, the bottom line is that you charge much more than for-profit medical providers such as Lydia at 750 p. or Seguro Popular who administers the vaccine for free. I agree that you should make a profit, but this looks to me like gouging. Fortunately, Lakeside is blessed with man
  6. I will support the community projects of my choosing, and am concerned that Chapala Med feels justified in raising prices to cover their charity work. If Chapala Med wants to support community projects, that's wonderful, but don't expect their patients to subsidize the cost.
  7. Maybe I missed it, but I don't see the word "original" in any of the above language posted by AlanMexicali. My notario, Ramos, told me that the copy he notarized and affixed a seal to carries the same weight as the original.
  8. For 50 pesos, a notario will give you a notarized copy with a seal on it. I never carry my original, just the notarized copy. If cashing a check at Intercam, they ask to see it and the notarized copy is fine. If I use my Intercam debit card to pay my TelMex bill (when it was open), they ask to see my permanente i.d. and the notarized copy is always sufficient. The original never leaves my house unless I'm leaving the country and need the original when crossing borders. The local police have nothing to do with INM and have no authority to ask for proof of residence.
  9. I received my North Carolina ballot yesterday, along with explicit directions re faxing and mailing. I'll fax, and NC has a way for me to confirm that it was received. Super easy.
  10. I was there on Friday to make an appointment for a friend, but the woman I spoke to said that appointments are no longer necessary because they're not that busy now.
  11. Yes, Azucena is the best for immigration matters. I highly recommend her.
  12. I walked in without an appointment and 10 minutes later walked out with my plates. Easy.
  13. I'd talk to local attorney Azucena Bateman of ABC Legal. She's the real immigration expert, responds quickly to phone calls and e-mails and her fees are very reasonable. There are many Mexican attorneys in town who are capable and could help, but Azucena has never disappointed me.
  14. I've been here for 25 years and have never taken a driving test. I only took a written test once, but a monkey could have passed it. When I applied for my first MXN driver's license, I had a valid current license from the States, so that may make a difference in whether you must take a driving test.
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