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#412041 - 07/19/11 03:53 AM How is Internet Service in San Pedro?  
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OrangeBull Offline
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Is it high speed?

Is it DSL?

Is it cable?

Is it cellular?

Is it satellite based?

Is it Dial-Up?

I'm wondering because I'm considering getting into the Internet Marketing business and San Pedro is on the list of places I'm considering as a place to move after I get this business to a point where it is consistently putting money into my pocket, and it would be hard to keep it on the list if I wouldn't be able to upload videos or do any of the online work I would need to do.

I'm also wondering what the likelihood of getting a work permit for an Internet based business would be in Belize for an American.

As a lawyer, I've done some research into the possibility of becoming licensed to practice law in Belize as well, unfortunately the rules governing reciprocity aren't very clear. I've only heard about two firms, one where the PM has been a partner, and I've only heard good things about it, the other firm, I haven't heard such good things about. I've found two additional firms, but don't know a lot about them.

Anyone know anything about firms other than the PM's?

#412042 - 07/19/11 05:53 AM Re: How is Internet Service in San Pedro? [Re: OrangeBull]  
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elbert Offline
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Yes we have High Speed DHL from a cable.
Internet Marketing would work.
I've never heard of an American Lawyer working in Belize.
I cant see that working at all.

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#412088 - 07/19/11 12:15 PM Re: How is Internet Service in San Pedro? [Re: OrangeBull]  
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I know an American lawyer who practices in Belize (City). I don't know what hoops he had to jump through. I can't recommend him though.

#412092 - 07/19/11 01:21 PM Re: How is Internet Service in San Pedro? [Re: elbert]  
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If you there aren't a lot of American lawyers working in Belize that's probably a good thing given the opportunity that I see in the country.

I don't really see an opportunity as a local practitioner in Belize and I have no desire to practice in court anymore, but I do see some opportunities developing in Belize that have been common in the Caribbean for years.

I think that the big opportunites would come from building international partnerships for Americans with locals from Belize or other Caribbean nations, and packaging international financial services. From what I've been reading I don't know that I need to be admitted in Belize to do that kind of work, and my NY law license already entitles me to give federal tax advice to Americans.

#412099 - 07/19/11 01:42 PM Re: How is Internet Service in San Pedro? [Re: OrangeBull]  
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Can't really tell you what is there other than the wife has taught a few On Line U. of Phoenix courses from Capt Morgans while on vacation there. No problems.

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#412381 - 07/23/11 09:14 PM Re: How is Internet Service in San Pedro? [Re: elbert]  
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Originally Posted by elbert
Yes we have High Speed DHL from a cable.
Internet Marketing would work.
I've never heard of an American Lawyer working in Belize.
I cant see that working at all.

That sure isn't encouraging! You can't see something working that you've never heard of before? I wish the man luck and success, sounds like a man with intelligence. Could be very useful to the island.

#412384 - 07/23/11 10:55 PM Re: How is Internet Service in San Pedro? [Re: OrangeBull]  
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Orangebull: If you ever figure out the answer to your question about an American lawyer working in Belize, it would be interesting to find out what you learn.

When I first started traveling to Belize 10 years ago, I attempted to find the answer to that question. It is no longer on my radar, but here is what I learned...not much and I have no idea if it is still accurate or reliable. My sources were not from any governmental agency, but from in depth conversations with a Belizean lawyer, an American CPA working in Belize and a few business people:

To practice law in Belize, you must be a Belizean citizen (born or naturalized) or from a Latin American Country. These requirements were not applicable to me. I was next advised that an American attorney could possibly serve as a consultant to Belizean law firms (you will not be permitted to sign legal documents, appear in court to represent clients, etc., i.e. you cannot practice law).

The best advice I received was to find an area that dovetails or is complimentary to a Belizean law firm (corporate, serve as a liasion for real estate transactions for ex-pats). Then again, this all depends if you have that type of background, training and experience.

Belizean law is not just a different animal from American law, but a different species. Lots of antiquated common law rules. Good luck!

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