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CENTRO JURIDICO

Herrera Medrano

Lic. Carmen S. Herrera M.

Attorney

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President of the National Association of Independent Dominican Attorneys

(ASOCIACION NACIONAL DE ABOGADOS INDEPENDIENTES) .

Member of the INTER-AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

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Specialized in matters of foreigners, foundation of companies, civil matters, divorce of foreigners

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LAWYERS AND NOTARY OFFICE

We are pleased to inform you about the services offered by our Legal Center, which has been in the local and international market for seventeen (17) years, and is formed by a team of competent professionals, with quality service.

It's presided by DRA. CARMEN HERRERA M., Expert in International commerce and Migratory Laws, being the other members of the team: DR. HUASCAR ALEXIS VENTURA, Notary Lawyer with 30 years of experience on the field, expert in civil and property law, and LIC. YRONELIS FRAGOSO S., who is quite experienced in legal collection and Real States. We also offer services of Judicial Interpreting in languages such as: French, English, German and Italian.

To that effect, we illustrate you with information about the areas we run through a brief description of each.

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CIVIL LAW

Our firm, offers its customers, consulting on legal planning of all subject related to family law, such as: Marriages; Divorces; Kids and adolescent's protection, consulting Law 136-03; Minors Adoption; Interfamily Violence; Civil Obligations; Sales; Leasing; Wills and arrangements of all nature, as well as all aspects of General Civil Law.

COMMERCIAL LAW AND FOREING INVESTMENT

Civil Law and Foreign Investment represent the main support of the world economy. Our practice in commercial matters, ranges from corporate law itself, constitution of new companies, ordinary and extraordinary assemblies, settlement election, exclusive business registry, to the assistance and legal auditing of commercial companies; in the constitution and acquisition of companies, mergers, alliances and partnerships, as well as international legal assistance and consulting in general.

The capital investment in the country since the 80's, has stimulated our lawyers to keep at the forefront of the legal reforms and new practices applied in the foreign investment field. In this area, our firm assists its customers in all the negotiations related to Industrial Free Zones, Intellectual Properties, as well as in the making process of commercial contracts with national and international character.

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MARITIME LAW

In our condition of strategically located island, commercially speaking; the Dominican Republic requires maritime transportation as a mean to guarantee its continuation in the import-export market. In regard to this, our work team is competent and prepared to give assistance in the area of: freighting disputes, naval mortgage attachment and ship´s attachment, collisions, saving and damage in general. Port operations, Insurance claims and Reinsurance, commercial shipping, Ship registration, Agency contracts, and any other related subjects.

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AERONAUTIC LAW

Our firm offers legal assistance in negotiations such as: getting licenses for Airlines, mortgage registration, as well as cases of judicial demands for Liability Claims.

FISCAL LAWThe experience of our lawyer in the administrative train of the fiscal authorities of the country, and the solid professional formation, guarantee a proper handling of the practical problems in fiscal matters, and the most efficient solutions for our customers.

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MIGRATORY LAW.

The country counts with law 285-04 of Migratory Matters, which decrees the proper guarantees to encourage the Foreign Investment in different branches. This Law decrees the granting of the provisional residence for a one year period, besides the foreign identity card, which make the commercial management in the country, easier.

After having enjoyed the provisional residence for one year, the Law allows to choose the definitive residence for a three-year period, with renewal facilities

If it is of the interest of the foreign citizen to choose the Dominican naturalization, he will be able to initiate it through legal empowerment having the via of recourse to the process established by the Law 1683, about naturalization.

We reiterate that we are at the disposal of offering you our service. Our regardsSincerely,

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DR. CARMEN S. HERRERA MEDRANO

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Our speciality:

Business Visa

Student Visa

Temporary Residence Visa

Permanent Residence Visa

Naturalization

Matters of Companies

Investor's Visa

Divorce of Foreigners (Ley 142)

Protection of Trade-marks

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THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: GENERAL INFORMATION

Geography
The Dominican Republic occupies two thirds of the island of Hispaniola. Its geographical location -between Cuba and Puerto Rico -has turned it into one of the main tourist attractions in the Caribbean and an ideal place for investment and commercial exchange. It is politically divided into a National District that includes the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo de Guzm n, and 29 provinces. The provinces are subdivided into counties.

The territory of the Dominican Republic is fertile, humid, and mountainous. Close to 80% of the country is covered by a great chain of mountains that extends in a north-south direction and among which Pico Duarte (3.175 m) is the highest mountain in the country and in the Antilles. The coastline of the Dominican Republic (approximately 1.633 km long) is irregular due to numerous bays that form natural ports, among which The Bay of Calderas, in the south, and The Bay of Samana, in the northeast, stand out the most.

Climate
The predominating climate in the island is semitropical. In the lowlands the temperatures rise above 73øF during the whole year. During the summer, the temperatures fluctuate between 80øF and 91øF. The highlands are considerably colder.

The main natural resources in the Dominican Republic are agricultural. The fertile soil of the valleys is very appropriate for growing crops and many of the slopes of the mountains are covered by forests. The country also has valuable deposits of nickel, gold and silver.

Population
About 7.8 million people live in the Dominican Republic. Of those, 60.5% live in urban areas and the remaining 39.5% reside in the countryside. The population growth rate for the period 1990-1995 was 1.9% per year.

The majority of the population of the Dominican Republic descends from a blend between Indians, Spaniards and Africans.


RIGHTS OF FOREIGNERS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Under the Constitution of the Dominican Republic, the main purpose of the government is to protect human rights and the general well being of the population, while maintaining a system of individual freedom and social justice compatible with public order.

Toward that end, the constitution recognizes certain rights for the country's citizens _ and for citizens of other countries who are in the Dominican Republic _ such as:

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the inviolability of life

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individual safety;

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the inviolability of the home, which means among other things that the police may search no home except as specifically permitted by law and after following the procedures prescribed by law;

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the right to travel, subject to limited restrictions such as those contained in the health, police, and immigration laws;

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freedom of action, including the freedom generally to be free from being required to take any actions that the law does not require and from being prohibited from taking any actions that the law does not prohibit;

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freedom of speech, to the extent that people are permitted to freely express their thoughts in writing or otherwise without the need for prior government approval;

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freedom to associate for any economic, social, cultural, or other purpose except as may be prohibited by reason of national security or for reasons relating to the public order;

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freedom of religion;

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the right to privacy, including with respect to correspondence, private documents, and telephonic, telegraphic, and cablegram communications;

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freedom to work, including the freedom to organize labor unions and a right to strike under certain conditions;

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freedom of enterprise, commerce, and industry, although monopolies are only allowed for the benefit of the state or government institutions;

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protection of private property, which may not be taken away by the government from any person except in cases of social interest and justified public utility _ not political purposes _ and on payment of fair value as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction;

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the protection for a fixed period of time of rights in inventions, discoveries, and scientific, artistic, and literary productions;

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the protection of the family for the purpose of strengthening its moral, religious, and cultural life, including:

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protection of pregnant women;

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the adoption of health and hygiene measures to limit infant mortality and promote the healthy growth and development of children;

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encouragement of home ownership and family savings through the establishment of credit unions, consumer unions, and distribution and production cooperatives; and

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full legal rights for married women, including the right to own property.

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freedom of education and elimination of illiteracy, including a mandatory primary education provided at no cost by the government for all inhabitants of the Dominican Republic and higher education provided by vocational, trade, artistic, economic, craft, and agricultural schools;

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encouragement of a social security system for the elderly and a social assistance program consisting of clothing, food, health care, and housing for the poor to the extent possible.

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Centro Juridico Herrera Medrano

Ave. 27 de Febrero Esq. Abraham Lincoln

Unicentro Plaza, suite 30, segundo Nivel

Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana

Tel. 809-472-2782 , 809-683-1399

Fax 809-381-0997 cel.: 809-224-3789

e-mail (ingles o español) : cjhm30@gmail.com

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