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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: My sister passed away in Puerto Rico. I want to assume custody of my youngest nephew. His Dad has is not part of his lif

How can I get custody and how long does it take? My wife and I can take great care of him but we need to get back to FL in aprox 10 days.

Rafael Pagan
Rafael Pagan answered on Sep 22, 2021

Good afternoon. As a general rule, Puerto Rico courts procure that guardians of orphaned minors reside within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; unless no other alternative guardians are available to care for the minor. A custody case requires that close kin be present at the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Buenas tardes, necesito saber quien puede hacer un plano de mensura y cual es el costo promedio de esta diligence en PR.

Good afternoon, I would like information on who to contract an engineer to do a land Survey in PR.

Rafael Pagan
Rafael Pagan answered on Sep 22, 2021

Buenas tardes. Mi oficina utiliza los servicios del ingeniero Iván Robles Ramos cuando necesitamos planos y certificaciones de mensura. Su teléfono es el (787) 860-6865.

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: I bought some land in Penulas and there are 2 houses that were built illegally on the property prior to my purchase.

After the purchase, the property lines revealed that these homes were in fact on my property. What can I do to remove them, what rights do I have, and what are their rights?

Rafael Pagan
Rafael Pagan answered on Sep 14, 2021

The rule of law in Puerto Rico grants you a full year after your purchase of the real estate property, to request the courts to evict the people who have invaded your property. Also, the seller may be responsible for clearing the property out before the sale. You may need to bring him/her/they into... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Tax Law and Probate for Puerto Rico on
Q: mom died in PR now my brother is ordering me to give him my inheritance portion prior to distribution w/o documentation

I am being ordered to fly from California to NY to sign documents and turn over my portion of the inheritance to him/them. I have asked for documentation repeatedly and he refuses to give me anything not even verbal information about the matter and now he is threatening to abandoned my father, not... Read more »

Rafael Pagan
Rafael Pagan answered on Sep 6, 2021

First off, blackmailing you into resigning your inheritance is illegal. If your siblings have denied you access to documentation pertaining to your mother's estate (assuming that she died in Puerto Rico), you have the right to request said documents through the Puerto Rico Courts, by way if an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Family Law and Health Care Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Im currently taking care of my Grandmother 95 and her brother 91. How do I go about becoming their legal guardian in pr

To be able to deal with their insurance, bills and bank I have been asked several times if I have any documents that deemed me responsible legally for them. I'm not sure what the process is to do so and the responsibilities that come with the title of legal guardian.

Rafael Pagan
Rafael Pagan answered on Sep 2, 2021

The Puerto Rico Civil Codes has a presumption that every adult is legally capable of managing his/her own affairs. Thus, getting to be designated as a tutor before Puerto Rico courts entails legally incapacitating your grandmother and grand-uncle. Doing so must be achieved in separate cases.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Hi, I am being accused by an officer that said he saw me toss a hand gun when I was in a parking lot at a night club.

I was handcuffed and taken to an area that I was nowhere near and there he picked up a gun from the ground and said it was mine.

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Aug 31, 2021

Greetings:

To bring more clarity to the peculiarities of the incident, there are a lot of factors around the criminal procedure, like interviews, discovery and investigation to be able to find out the facts of your case. And what really happened.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Estate Planning and Elder Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: How can I know if my father's eldest daughter claimed an inheritance left for my father, by his last sibling, in PR?

My father's eldest brother, who was unmarried with no children, passed away in 2016, leaving behind property & bank accounts. My father buried his brother and he and I began the process of Declaration of Inheritance, with a Lawyer in PR, from New York, where we live. My father paid the... Read more »

Ramon Olivencia, Esq.
Ramon Olivencia, Esq. answered on Aug 15, 2021

I don't know what happened with your dad's attorney, but that kind of situation could be easily researched. First, by making sure that the attorney is still in office, that is, if he has not passed away or perhaps migrated, as happened with a number of colleagues particularly after... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability for Puerto Rico on
Q: Can the goverment make you take unwanted medical treatment
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 5, 2021

If the question is about vaccines, no one is being "made to" take it. However, like any vaccination, travel and other activities may be restricted to those who have been vaccinated.

If you are deemed a danger to yourself or others, you can be placed in a hospital. That is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Whats will be the cost to transfer my mom house under her children name?, she in a agreement to do so.House in Aguadilla

My mother wants to transfer her home property into her 4 children, whats a reasonable attorney fee to do this?

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Jul 21, 2021

Greetings:

No attorney can answer these question as it is. The charges may vary depending on the services and task to be done based on the specifics of the property, liens or levies, the land where it sits, the children and other specifics with the current status of the property related to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Health Care Law and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Hi my name is Peter. I moved to Puerto Rico from Chicago to care for my mother who had cancer and was living by herself.

My mother is 78 years old and cannot care for herself. I pay for all the bills and expenses. My question is, is there any financial assistance available, through guardianship that I can apply for and how do I get this financial asistance in order to be able to pay the bills and all other expenses?... Read more »

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Jul 21, 2021

Greetings:

Your mother can request government assistance to get food, try to qualify for medical assistance through medicaid and other services for the elderly through the local ombudsman offices as well as other government agencies that help the elderly.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: I have a court order video call visitation for my daughter(5yo) How can I modify it to physical visitations in Utuado
Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Jul 21, 2021

Greetings:

You will have to file a modification of visitation rights and regime.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Puerto Rico on
Q: charges for 2 traffic tickets in rio grande puerto rico,#41363653,#41363654 on july6 2021

bypass a red light

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 9, 2021

I suggest that you ASK A QUESTION in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Puerto Rico > Traffic Tickets instead of Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Florida > Traffic Tickets. Most Florida attorneys, who answer the questions here, know very little about Puerto Rican law. And again, when you ask it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: A widow want to sell her property. She lives in PA and the buyers in Puerto Rico. Can the new deed be done in PA
Ramon Olivencia, Esq.
Ramon Olivencia, Esq. answered on Jun 8, 2021

No, it can only be done in PR. However, she could give a Power of Attorney to someone in PR, but via a local attorney to make sure that the applicable laws are followed.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Puerto Rico on
Q: I know there is no alimony in PR but does it change if the wife has never worked and has been dependent on the husband?
Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Apr 16, 2021

Greetings

Although is not normal and there's no alimony in Puerto Rico, there are some extraordinary circumstances when one of the parties can request spousal support, this is temporary and there are several requirements to be able to request them. Remember that spousal support is not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: My younger sister was removed from my mothers home. I Only have 1 bedroom in my sm apt. I am employed will they give her

Does she need to have her own room? I have a pull out bed for her in my room.

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Apr 13, 2021

Greetings

As her legal guardian the state can try to make sure that the minor has her own space and that she-he is provided with everything required for her/his well being taking in consideration the economic means and capability of the legal guardian to be able to take care of the minor.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Puerto Rico on
Q: Case 1904632 supuestamente no fue aceptado para quiebra porque no cumplia con los requisitos ni condición financiera .

Fue dismissed o hay otro término en inglés que describa que no fue aceptado?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 7, 2021

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Puerto Rico on
Q: Hello. My husband has filed for divorce. We have been married for over 10 years but I moved to P.R 3 years ago. Can I

hire a lawyer in P.r to represent me and am I entitled to alimony?

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Mar 22, 2021

Greetings

You can request temporary spousal support and some specific situations, even though is not the norm in the Puerto Rico jurisdiction to grant alimony, you can ask for ex conjugal support until you have the means to support or fend for yourself. Note that this can be possible only...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Puerto Rico on
Q: How is a divorce decree obtained if someone was not present during divorce court?

Ex spouse is not willing to provide a copy or information.

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Mar 12, 2021

Greetings

It's as easy as finding out in what court the divorce hearing took place and request a copy of the divorce decree.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: What does SUCN before a name stand for in Puerto Rico property records?
Ramon Olivencia, Esq.
Ramon Olivencia, Esq. answered on Feb 24, 2021

It is short for "Sucesión" or, in English, "Estate". It means that the proprietor passed away so the current owners are the heirs.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: I ordered a new Puerto Rico birth certificate about 3 months. Is there a way to for someone to go pick one up personally

I have ordered directly and through their recommended site. It’s been over 90 days

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Feb 23, 2021

Greetings

The registry is working strictly on appointments and orders. Due to a large demand the request of birth certificates has piled up overwhelmingly during the pandemic situation we currently have.

I understand that you might have and urgent matter to attend, and while there...
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