Mark Teuten & Associates

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Finding an English-speaking Uruguay immigration lawyer who can assist on real estate, employment law, & mediation, as well, can be a huge relief.

Teuten Lawyers is a firm of lawyers and notaries based in Montevideo serving both locals and foreign individuals and companies. Mark Teuten is Uruguay’s only lawyer dually qualified in the UK and Uruguay.

He’s in a unique position to be able to understand the Uruguayan needs and requirements of foreign clients and those of Uruguayan clients with a need for foreign legal advice.

Mark qualified as an attorney having previously graduated with a BA in Law. He moved to Uruguay in 1990 following his Uruguayan partner and re-qualified as a lawyer in Uruguay. He prides himself on not being “a typical lawyer”. His clients praise him as approachable and trustworthy.

Mark works with a team of lawyers and notaries to provide a range of services and “100% handholding” through the legal process in:

Real estate transactions

  • Advice on the acquisition of urban or rural property.
  • Transaction work for the purchase or sale of real estate.
  • Advice on urban or rural leases.
  • Drafting, reviewing and checking of lease contracts for properties and real estate contracts of any kind.

Advice on immigration

  • Advice on all aspects of immigration and related areas and citizenship.
  • Applications for permanent and temporary residence.
  • Applications for permits allowing minors to travel abroad and tourist visa extensions.
  • Obtaining Uruguayan I.D. cards and driving licences
  • Opening bank accounts.

Mediation & arbitration

An area which has not been used much to date in Uruguay, but is becoming more frequent as a way of resolving civil, family and employment disputes. Today even standard form contracts used by Uruguayan lawyers contain an obligatory mediation and arbitration clause.

Employment law

The firm has a team of lawyers with ample experience in representing both companies and individuals in labour law matters including:

  • Drafting, revising and reviewing employment contracts.
  • Advising in relation to employment obligations.
  • Representing clients before the government in conciliation hearings, and also in reaching voluntary agreements or at any other stage required by the client.
  • Representing clients in employment law disputes before the courts.

Notarial services

Teuten Lawyers has a notarial department. Services include:

  • Notarial advice regarding the purchase of real estate and cars.
  • Public deeds and review of titles for the sale and purchase of property and cars
  • Drafting and signing of General and Specific Powers of Attorney and letters of authorisation.
  • Advice and drafting regarding the formation of limited companies, limited liability partnerships, non-profit associations and foundations.

Teuten Lawyers also deals with family law and civil and commercial law.


Teuten Abogados
Zabala 1542 Esc.301, Montevideo, Uruguay
+598 2915 46 84 – 2916 16 64

See the Teuten Abogados website for full details of services.

Mark writes occasionally on legal and social matters for Guru’Guay—essential reading for anyone living or planning to live in Uruguay.

8 Responses

  1. Good Day Sir
    My name is Mary Joseph I’m an Indian National living in Singapore from the year 2000 as a Permanent Residence of Singapore (PR). We are 3 family members. myself, My husband Sunil Koshy George and our only Daughter Alina Mary George (8 years) Singapore Primary 3 Student. We are planning to Relocate somewhere in Europe. Our first choice is Uruguay. Because I’m working as a customer service executive. So I used to saw many Uruguayans in singapore as a tourist. From them I came to know that its one of the safest place in Europe to settle down with my family. We need your advise how to Relocate and what is the Formalities are
    Thanking you
    Yours Truly
    Mary Joseph

  2. Replying to Esther:

    You are a Uruguayan citizen as a matter of law, subject to proving you are a grandchild of a Uruguayan. The consulates do not normally issue passports though. What they should give you is a certificate confirming that you are a citizen and you can get a Uruguayan passport when you arrive here. Your husband and child do not need a visa to enter Uruguay if they are Ukrainian citizens. They can come here with you and apply for permanent residence and get citizenship themselves after 3 years of residence.

  3. Hola Karen y Mark!
    Gracias por sus artículos, especialmente por ¿Es difícil conseguir la residencia en Uruguay? y las respuestas en los comentarios.
    Les agradecería mucho que me ayudaran.
    Ahora estoy en Ucrania con mi familia, tan pronto como salga de la zona de guerra, podré obtener mi ciudadanía en uno de los consulados en Europa (como nieta de uruguayos).

    Tengo dos preguntas:
    1. ¿Pueden mi marido y mi hijo (6 años) solicitar un permiso de residencia temporal en el consulado de Europa?

    2. Cuando obtenga la nacionalidad uruguaya, ¿podrán mi marido y mi hijo solicitar la residencia legal definitiva por reagrupación familiar? ¿En cuánto tiempo podrá mi marido obtener el pasaporte y la nacionalidad?

    Gracias de antemano.
    Sinceramente, Esther

    1. Hola Esther, como estas? Siento mucho tu situación, y discuple la demora (estoy de viaje y no vi entrar tu comentario). He pedido a Mark contestarte lo antes que pueda. Abrazos muy muy fuertes — Karen

  4. Hi, I’ve been living in Montevideo for three years and like it here. There is one problem. I purchased an expensive sapphire ring for myself from a jeweler in the US. I paid $7,920 total and it was shipped via Fedex here, and I went to Facal y CIA to arrange to pay import fees. They quoted me a tax of $6,370 dollars, an 80% tax. However, the jeweler sent me a paper from EasyShip that quoted a tax of 22% + 5%, a little more than $2,00, a difference of $4,000. I am pretty sure the 80% quote is excessive and incorrect. The jeweler said that in years of shipping she has never seen a jewelry tax above 30% , and that only rarely.It would actually be cheaper for me to fly to the US and pick it up.

    Can you help me with this?

    Rhett Krone, MD

    1. Hi Rhett, I asked a trusted customs agent to look into your case on my behalf. He confirms that this is exactly what the charges should be. As he said, Uruguay is an expensive country!
      Sorry not to have better news. — Karen

  5. I recently needed some real estate tax advice and recalled reading about Mark Teuten when I first found your site. I emailed Mark and he responded immediately and met with my wife and I within a week even though my concerns were not immediate. He was very informative, helped us calculate the projected tax consequences and was MORE than reasonable. Prior to our meeting he contacted an associate to confirm certain issues and even though our meeting was more of an introductory session he was more than prepared with answers. I will definitely use Mark when it is time for us to move forward. And I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for legal advice.

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