Attorneys are not too well thought of anywhere in the world. Costa Rica is no exception.
One dictionary tongue-in-cheekly defines a lawyer as “One who defends your estate against an enemy, in order to appropriate it to himself.”
There are many cases in Costa Rica where attorneys have done just that, manipulated paperwork so their clients lose assets they have acquired after they use legal services. Also, conflict of interest is not policed here as strongly as in other parts of the world. Lawyers in Costa Rica can represent themselves in cases where they are the bad guys.