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27 Jan. 2009


To whom it may concern:


My name is Carl J. Gagliardi and I'm from San Antonio TEXAS of the United States and I gladly give this Testimonial for Alejandro Villela Franco, Attorney.


I have been coming to Honduras for over 10 years and had heard how hard it is to get a residency for the country. I know many people who are trying to get theirs as I write this, and have been for some of them for over a year, with no prospect in sight. I talked to Alex about it and he told me exactly what documents I needed from the United States to present to the Honduran Government. I also mentioned about the long term some people I know that are still waiting have not received anything from their attorney or the government. Alex said that it should take at least six months, maybe longer, depending on Tegucigalpa, which still sounded like a very short period, considering what I've been hearing from others that are still trying. My documents were sent to Alex in Tegucigalpa via SOSA Airlines; he received them and he immediately started the residency process.


I checked with Alex after 3 months and he told me he had also checked with the government and everything was going well. I waited another two and a half months and called him again, I was getting impatient, which a person shouldn?t do when dealing with the Honduran authorities. He informed me that it was almost done and it actually took a little less than the six months he had said. This was amazing after listening to others that have, and are still, waiting for theirs. Some for over a year and still no word and now I have mine within the 6 months he stated, thanks to Alex.


I highly recommend Alex for other legal work also which he has done very effectively for me and for some Corporations either personal land or business land matters.


My phone numbers here in Honduras are: 9868-9819------ 9550-4450

In the United States they are: 210-494-3685 ---- 210-725-8282

My email address is:


Please feel free to call or email me any time if you have any questions about Alex and his capabilities. Thank You


Carl J. Gagliardi



Alex was referred to us by the Honduras Consulate in Taiwan . He was asked to do the impossible which was to help a Honduras citizen situated in Hong Kong renew her passport in less than a week, and was able to use his political connections in government to issue a safe conduct letter to authorize my friend to travel to Taiwan get her Honduras passport renewed. The passport had to be renewed immediately and we were under immense time pressure to get it done. Alex got the job done in one week. I would definitely recommend Alex to people who need legal advice in Honduras.


Bill Wong Hong Kong


Our residency process has gone smoothly and without delay, largely due to the excellent job that Alex Villela has done for us in Tegucigalpa. Picking an attorney was difficult for us with each of several being recommended equally as highly. Thankfully, we went with Alex. After some initial delays in us getting all our paperwork together, Alex filed for our residencies in the end of April 2007. They were approved shortly after and we made a trip to Tegucigalpa to pick them up in the beginning of August where the immigration officer informed us there would be a two month wait for our ID cards to come through. Alex intervened, using his contacts in immigration and had the cards to us 5 working days later. Alex, I’ve thanked you many times and will continue to do so by giving the highest recommendations whenever possible. Alex has also advised and provided counsel in real estate matters related to our clients and our business. Anybody may contact me personally with any specific questions relating to our experiences.


David Gleeson.

Owner, Island Development.

Island Development, S.A.


Alex Villela provided me with very personal and professional service in obtaining my residency here in Honduras. He was easy to contact and always answered my questions quickly and thoroughly. I would definitely recommend him to anyone attempting to obtain their Honduran residency.


Thanks, Brad


It was a pleasure to work with Alex Villaha on our Honduran residency. His thoroughness up front saved us from any time consuming set backs in an already slow process. Alex was always very responsive (and his English very good) to any inquiries we had, which was very reassuring as our application proceeded through this frustrating system. We will continue to call Alex whenever we have any legal needs arise.


Laurie & Dennis Tabor

West End, Roatan


Alex handled my residency professionally and competently. His interpersonal and communication skills are exceptional. He always answered my e-mails.


Janet Smith Warfield, retired United States attorney

Author of "Cracking the Consciousness Code"


Dear Alex,


Here with we want to thank you once again for getting, my wife Yvonne's, residency. We are very impressed with the speedy way, you achieved this. You kept your promises, you kept us well informed, and the costs were as predicted and reasonable. I can recommend anybody to use your services. I am not yet retired, but as soon as this is the case, I will contact you agin for a residency for myself.


Best regards, Boud Heilijgers



Alex Villela has been a wonderful attorney. He is very responsive, very thorough in his research regarding issues, and he very promptly provides excellent and knowledgeable advice with care and understanding.


Kimberley Heilig


To Whom it May Concern:


Mr. Alex Villela has been our attorney in processing our residency papers. We believe he has been very professional and efficient. Most often, we corresponded by email, and he was always quick to respond. We would employ his services, should we need them again.


Sincerely, D’Quincey and Pam Hjornevik

Alex.... Just a note of thanks for helping me with my residency papers. I think that the seven months that it took is amazingly quick. Everything went according to plan. Being new to the island it is nice to have an attorney that is politically well connected and speaks such good English. Also, thanks for helping me through the customs procedures. I couldn't have done it without you.


Robert Johnson


We have found that Alex has been an excellent source of legal knowledge. We recently purchased property in Honduras and found the procedures somewhat confusing. Alex quickly answered all of our questions via email, his bilingual abilities and professionalism were extremely helpful, and just really reassured us. When dealing in a foreign country with a different language & procedures, having someone like Alex, is an invaluable asset. We would definitely highly recommend Alex to anyone needing an attorney, in any capacity.


Mark and Allison Rogers Canada


Hi Alex,


We would just like to share our appreciation and gratitude for your speedy and professional service in securing residency for Mike. You kept your word through-out and there were no surprises! We easily recommend you and wish you continued success.



Kim Dueffert and Mike McLaughlin

Que tal Cafe

Mike's Pools


Hi Alex,


Overall I would like to say a big thank you for obtaining my residency so quickly. I found your services to be very professional and would not hesitate in recommending you, infact your business card has already gone to two of my friends!


I liked the communication by email and the quick response to my never ending questions. Right from the first meeting you were very efficient in explaining everything i needed to obtain with regards to legal documents and the whole process of obtaining my residency. The updates you gave with regards to the changes in the law were an added bonus.


I know 3 people who have obtained their residecny with you. Their recommendation of your services was the reason I contacted you and I was not disppointed with the decision i made.


Thank you again.

Julie Lavery


Dear Alejandro Villela Franco,


On behalf of me and my family I want to thank you for all that you have done for us the last 1,5 year.


When we came to the island Roatan we didn't have a clue about all the legal procedures that we had to take to make our stay in Honduras comfortable. We met with you January 2003 and since that time you have been the most helpful person for us on the island.


You gave us all the ins and outs of the legal procedures to become a resident of Honduras. This we want to thank you for. In the process of getting our residency you called with the consul in The Netherlands to set up a meeting for us so we could obtain all the paperwork necessary for the application. We met with the consul in The Netherlands and he was as helpful as you have always been to us.


Because we also needed a company we of course asked you to set one up for us and before we knew it we had our own company that we use for our business.


The times that we met we where always talking about why Honduras is the way it is. Because of all the knowledge you have we now see why Honduras operates and is the way it is. As a lobbyist I think that you are doing a fabulous job. Your family has always done the right thing for Honduras and as a new resident I really appreciate that.


I hope that our relation will be one that will stand for all the years to come.


My family and me personally want to thank you.


We hope to see you soon so we can talk more politics.


Your friend,

Robert van der Weg Manager Sundancer Cabanas

Sandy Bay Roatan The Bay Islands




Tel./Fax: (504) 445-1940



As the host of the island's only English speaking program on Magic 107.7 FM, I have had you on my show at least three times. Each time you come on, you are articulate in speaking about Honduran laws and residency requirements. I personally know dozens of people who are now using your services because of your expertise. Thank God you are on the island to help all the foreigners who want to make the residency procedure as painless as possible. You are doing a great job for me as well. I could not have gotten through this without you.


Continued success!

Roatan Bruce Magic 107.7 FM

12 Noon to 2 PM

Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras


We would recommend Alex Villela to any individual or business wanting to live or operate in Honduras. Alex is easy to deal with, extremely professional, efficient and courteous and he immediately understands what is needed and how to best go about achieving goals. Alex has advised us on a number of different matters and has always delivered on time. It is a pleasure working with him.


 Sandra Sampayo, TropicalREZ


Our first attempt at gaining Honduran residency was through the consulate in Chicago. We collected a lot of useless paper and tried to get it processed. The consulate in Miami was much better organised and got us much closer to 'started'. However, it seemed that new processes had led lawyers to believe the processing price should be raised, not to mention stalling on such documents as the police report. In exasperation we searched for yet another, other lawyer and were fortunate enough to engage Alejandro. His fee, and prompt attention to our application left us convinced that there are still honest, gentlemen working as lawyers. Thank you Alex for your help with our application, and for opening an office in Roatan. Anyone wishing to contact us for personal assurances of Alex' integrity use e-mail to


David and Elsie Pontefract


Mr. Villela has been assisting me on a very delicate matter for a number of months that required legal expertise in Honduranian law as well as political connections and lobbying. I am very impressed with Mr. Villela's results and his practices. He kept me informed at every step of the process by e-mail or telephone and delivered what he said he could deliver at a fair price.


In this day and age of suspicion and cynicism about Attorneys I am very grateful to Mr. Villea for his efforts, talents, and integrity. It has been a pleasure working with him on this project and I look forward to participating in future projects with his advice and counsel.


Should you have questions for me directly please e-mail me at or call me directly on my cell phone at 810.691.2002.


Thank you for your time and attention in this matter.

Valdemar L. Washington

Genesee County Circuit Court

Judge Retired


We wish to thank Alex for his expeditious work in the selling of our Sundancer Cabana in Roatan. He was very efficient in answering all communications and in meeting with us to close the deal with the Mettlers. Alex has our strongest endorsement to anyone needing legal services in Honduras.


Carl and Judy Henning


As a developer on the island of Roatan since 1995 I have come in contact and employed many attorneys, none of which have given my clients and myself the professional service as Alex Villela. His knowledge of the law is excellent as are his work ethics. I think what really separates Alex from most attorneys is his professional communication skills and his quick response on any issue no matter where you are in the world. There is nothing more frustrating to a developer and foreign clients than an attorney, in a different country, who won't communicate with you when you have money on the line. I feel there is no issue that can't be worked through if there is a good line of communications and Alex has proved he is always there anytime I need an answer and he is quick to respond.


Frank H. Canale


Alex Villela is one of the most trustworthy, honest attorneys we have ever used. He answers our questions thoroughly, is prompt in his responses to us and very dedicated to seeing that our needs are met. We would not hesitate to recommend Alex to anyone who needs an attorney on the island of Roatan.


Kathi and John Parkman




Thanks for all your help with our residency. We are completely blown away with your dedication and service. After hearing "it will be ready next month" for nearly four years, Susan and I were a bit skeptical when we changed law firms. But you not only pulled it off, you did it when you said you would, and kept us informed every step of the way. That kind of devotion is very rare indeed here on Roatan. We wish you the best of luck in your new office and look forward to recommending you to everyone we meet.


Thanks Mike Dewar & Susan Deduk

Mariposa Lodge

West End, Roatan, Honduras



To whom it may concern:


This letter is a testimonial for Alejandro Villela Franco an attorney in Honduras. Let first say that I've known and used Mr. Franco for many legal purposes a long time. He is extremely efficient and professional. I've used many other lawyers in Honduras and believe me when I say that he is far and above the many attorney's I've used in the past. He is very knowledgeable of the law and with his influence through his contacts, that he can to further a favorable outcome for your cause, which is very important when dealing in Honduras. He speaks very good English and can translate documents proficiently. I wholeheartedly support and recommend Mr. Alejandro Villela Franco. Please feel free to call me for further information. I'm located in South Texas, San Antonio.


Thank you, Carl J. Gagliardi


To Whom It May Concern, Alex Villela represented myself and my wife securing our residency status. I have heard numerous accounts about it taking 6 months to a year and longer with some folks I know. All doing business with the wrong attorney. Alex was very professional in all our dealings, very straight forward and always on time. Alex got our residency accomplished in record time. If I or my wife are ever in the need of legal services, I know where to go. I would highly recommend Alex Villela to anyone. Please don't hesitate to contact me personally, either in Honduras or the States. First contact me using this email to find out where I am at the time.


Sincerely, Doug and Suzanne Crawford


We have engaged Sr. Alex Villela, Esq. as our attorney on several Honduran real estate matters. He was very responsive, service-oriented and kept us informed at all times. In addition, he is completely bilingual (English/Spanish) which was of great assistance to us since our ability to speak Spanish is limited. Sr. Villela was able to complete some very complicated legal transactions for us in a time frame we did not think was possible. We give Sr. Villela, Esq. our strongest recommendation without any reservations.


Darleen Duncan de Augustsson

Dr. Tommy R. Augustsson


My husband and I are clients of Alex Villela, he has handled numerous legal issues for us. We have found his work and his ethics to be outstanding. He has our complete trust as he has proven himself time and time again.


Elizabeth A. Stacy


I have found Alex to be very prompt and effective in providing his legal services. He is very well educated and has the highest level of skill one could ask for in Honduras. I am very satisfied with the service I have received from Alex, and I fully intend to continue using him for the future. Alex also has very important political connections of a high order within Honduras. He can be invaluable to anyone doing business in Honduras or the Bay Islands.


Signed, David Day

Civil Engineer and Real Estate Developer


Recently my husband and myself were granted our residency in Honduras. Along with the residency we were granted a dispensa to bring in our household goods. But, we ran into a bit of a problem during the final process of the dispensa, and were having a great deal of difficulty having it completed. We retained the services of attorney Alex Villela, who recently opened an office on the island of Roatan. We were very pleased with his services in every way. We were impressed with Alex, not just for his ability to lobby through the Honduran government to have the matter brought to a successful conclusion in our favor. But, also for his very professional manner in dealing with the matter and us. Alex contacted us on a regular basis to let us know where things were in the process, even when they got hung up, he called us and let us know what happened and what he was doing to get the matter resolved and back on track. If anyone ever has to deal with the Honduran government on any matter we would highly recommend the services of Alex Villela. It is good to see services like those provided by Alex coming to the island.


Linda Brown




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