Legal Assistance

2Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. The order in which they appear has no significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

Upon entry into Ecuador, all citizens become subject to Ecuador’s local laws and regulations.  Should a U.S. citizen become involved in a situation that may lead to a criminal charges or a legal dispute, the Consular Section can provide a list of local attorneys who have indicated their willingness to provide legal assistance.  U.S. Consular Sections around the world can’t provide legal counsel or pay for legal expenses.  The consular staff will, however, do whatever possible to protect your legitimate interests and insure you are not discriminated against under local law.

If you have been arrested or know about a U.S. citizen that has been arrested in Ecuador, please read the information in our Arrest of a U.S. Citizen section on this website.

List of Attorneys

Attorneys in the Consular District of Quito (PDF 544 kb)
Attorneys in the Consular District of Guayaquil (PDF 120 kb)

These lists of attorneys is done at their request, not on the recommendation of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, we suggest you do your own research before hiring the services of any of the lawyers on the list.

If you have a complaint against any of the lawyers on our list, we ask that you please let us know as soon as possible via email.

Legal Considerations Abroad

On the travel.state.gov website you will find information on a wide array of legal issues that often affect Americans traveling or living abroad that Include U.S. Citizenship Laws and Policy, International Judicial Assistance, International Treaties & Agreements and International Child Support Enforcement.  For more information, please visit the Department of State website.