Taos, NM asked in Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico

Q: Do all parties have to be present at a house closing in PR? Can someone stateside have documents mailed?

We live in New Mexico & are buying a house in PR. The agent says we must come back down for the closing. What about Docusign or FedExing the documents?

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2 Lawyer Answers

Ramon Olivencia, Esq.

  • San Juan, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: You could always have a Power of Attorney be prepared by a local attorney in PR, who will know what to include in such document. However, the POA will have to name a local representative to be present at the sale.

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte

  • Carolina, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: Good evening and thank you for using JUSTIA. aAt a closing the Notary Public must be sure that all the parties agree to the contract and thus our laws require for all parties to be present at the closing. The only other thing you can do is to create a Power of Attorney and have a third party represent you at the closing. If said poa is created in the states then you must include with the poa a county clerk certification and will need to pay for a true faith and credit procedure(Protocolizacion) in Puerto Rico for the poa to be valid. If you need more information please contact me.

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