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In a business lifecycle there will always be disputes whether we like it or not, and often they can cost thousands of Euros (or any other currency) in court and legal fees. But there is a cheaper and faster alternative solution – namely “mediation”.

Although we all cringe when we think of appointing a lawyer, the first question that you need answered is when is it the right time to appoint one? The answer is simple, it all depends on your business and your particular circumstances, but it is generally worthwhile to consult one before making any decisions that could have legal ramifications for you or for your business.

Everyone dreams of starting their own business, and many believe its a very simple process to get started, but before you start any business, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with all of the laws that your business must adhere to. Here are some business areas that may have laws relevant to your business:

A shareholder’s agreement is without a doubt an important foundation for any business relationship, it can help you to protect the future of your start-up (or on-going business) and prevent any currently unforeseen issues between co-owners from impacting on the business success.

The vistas from The Algarve's beaches are nothing short of spectacular.The vast majority of foreign retirees moving to Portugal settle in the Algarve. Particularly appealing are the municipalities of Silves, Tavira, Lagoa, Lagos and Aljezur in Portugal’s southernmost province.

There are no special visa requirements for non-European Union retirees in Portugal. The process is the same whether you are 21 years old or 60 years old. It can, however, take some time and the process must be started in your home country.

One of the principal reasons non-European citizens are looking harder at Portugal as a retirement destination is the recent introduction of legislation that eliminates local taxes on foreign pensions and other retirement income.

Acquiring permission to remain in Portugal for an extended period, in the form of a Portugal visa and subsequent residence permit, is a rather straightforward process, but requires significantly more bureaucratic hoops depending on whether you are a citizen of the European Union or not.

Make sure that everything is taken care of before leaving for a new life in Portugal. Regulations and laws vary widely among different countries, so it is important to research these before moving abroad. Contact the appropriate embassy or consulate for information relevant to expatriates relocating to the country, including:


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