We are a passionate team of professionals dedicated to
providing you with outstanding service and to
giving you the best experience in your transition to Costa Rica.
We are loyal to our clients' needs.
Contact us today, and find out how we can help.













Outlier Legal Services provides assistance with immigration applications in Costa Rica. Whether you need temporary residency, a work visa, or permanent residency, we will be able to assist you.


If you are looking to buy a new home or commercial property, or invest in a development, our experienced attorneys will assist you with the title search, the deed, the subdivision, or the condo bylaws. Our experience is as diverse as the industry itself. For dreams big and small, we have an expert who can help you.


Whether you need to incorporate your new LLC, register a trademark, draft a contract, or run your books, we have the expertise to help you. Our team understands the needs of a small business in a big world.


Do you need to obtain a document such as a marriage certificate, birth certificate, divorce decree, or police record? Or do you need to translate a document into another language, legalize it, or obtain an apostille? We can help. Let us know what you need, and we will let you know how we can assist you.


We are a dedicated and passion-filled group of professionals, with each of us bringing our own particular talents and expertise.

Rafael Valverde

Co-Founder, CEO

Dawn Drummer

Co-Founder, CCO

Patricia González

Accounting Client Service

I Wen Chen

Operational Systems Manager
Irene Brenes

Irene Brenes

Legal Operations Manager
Gloriana Fajardo

Gloriana Fajardo

Lead Business and Real Estate Attorney

Mario Rodriguez

Legal Immigration Lead
Sebastian Alvarado

Sebastian Alvarado

Legal Consultant & Attorney​

Gloriane Incera

HR Coordinator

Haley Cooney

Marketing Lead

Daphne Smith

Accounting Assistant

Johaf Arias

Accounting Assistant

Mariela Silesky

Client Service Senior Coordinator

Alejandrina Acuña

Office Manager

Karla Baldioceda

Administrative Legal Assistant

Jorge Cervantes

Legal Assistant

Marianela Sánchez

Marketing Assistant

Diego Aguilar

Real Estate Jr Attorney

Adriana Alpízar


Karen Ulate

Business Attorney

Stacey Jennings

Community Manager

Ana Armenta

Multimedia Storyteller

Adrián Pineda

Legal Assistant

Aron Mekler

Legal Assistant

Aldo Bruno

Administrative Assistant

Pablo Brenes

Administrative Assistant

Adriana Herrero

Client Service Manager

Melissa Espinoza

Client Service Coordinator

Stephanie Valverde

Client Service Coordinator

Cristina Hernandez

Client Service Coordinator

Rocio Forester

Administrative Assistant

Maripaz Perez

Administrative Assistant

Barbara Salas




Dawn has put together an incredible team of hard-working, caring Millennials. They accomplish their tasks professionally with excellent communication between the client and team members. Having twice experienced the Rentista paper-chase, the first time in 1991, and again through the ...

K. Kichinka

If you are looking for Immigration services or real estate services Outlier Legal Services has helped us with both types of transactions. Rafael handled our house closing very quickly for us and with no hiccups! If your Spanish is not ...

Debra Brouwer

Dawn and Rafael are the BEST ever. Have your important papers ready, and they do the rest – BC/FBI/Fingerprinting – Sit Back and let them do the work. So very happy I decided to go with Outlier – Thank you ...

Mo Len Michaels

I cannot recommend Outlier Legal enough. Their knowledge of both U.S. and Costa Rican law is amazing and priceless to me. On top of that … a lawyer that responds … quickly … in English or Spanish. Wow!

John Wegner

I loved having a local law firm handling my residency this time because they spoke English, were responsive by email and phone and were nearby in case something needed attention. I only need to do residency every few years and ...

Rob Evans

When you move to a foreign country and don’t know too many people (if any) it is wonderful to have a firm like Outlier Legal Services to talk to, to guide you, to hold your hand and help you get ...

Art Pryor

Very comprehensive! Couldn’t have gotten the forms I needed to submit to the US without you guys. You made the whole process so easy.

Jme Bright

Precision, Knowledge, Communication are Key components to accomplishing a goal, Outlier, specifically Dawn and Rafael Epitomize these concepts !!! I HIGHLY recommend Outlier to ALL interested parties !!!

Don Schwartz

Highly recommended. With all the confusing information out there, it was nice to receive correct answers regarding residency and professional help.

Lindsay Gorham

Rafa and Dawn have been an absolute delight to work with! They have made the residency application as easy as possible here.

Greg Pekas


The Costa Rican Naturalization Process

There are two main ways foreigners can become Costa Rican citizens: through marriage and residency. Please keep in mind that both ways to obtain citizenship will not count any time you live temporarily outside Costa Rica for your application. For example, if you plan on […] The post The Costa Rican Naturalization Process appeared first on Outlier Legal Services. read more ❯

New Law to Attract Foreign Investors, Retired People, and Rentistas

There is a new law that has been under discussion at Congress since 2020 suggesting incentives for Investors, Pensionados, and Rentistas. We initially wrote about it back in August 2020 as you can review here. The law was approved on the first debate at Congress […] The post New Law to Attract Foreign Investors, Retired People, and Rentistas appeared first on Outlier Legal Services. read more ❯