Q: How do you assign a P.O.A. for a real estate closing sale in Puerto Rico from the mainland U.S.?
A: A Power of Attorney for a real estate closing in Puerto Rico must include the details from the property as they appear on the Property Registry of Puerto Rico, along with the property tax number. Therefore, you need to contact a PR-licensed attorney to make sure everything is done according to the Puerto Rico laws and regulations.
A: The power of attorney to grant someone in Puerto Rico the authority to make a real estate sale must include the detailed description of the real estate property to be sold, as filed with the Puerto Rico Public Registry (Registro de la Propiedad Inmobiliara). It should also include the property identification number (PIN) for the property, as filed with the Center for Municipal Income Collections (CRIM). The power of attorney must then be signed before a notary public in Florida; then, the State Department in Tallahassee must issue and attach an "apostille" to the notarized power of attorney, certifying that the notary's commission is active. This original, notarized, and legalized power of attorney must be mailed to an attorney-notary in Puerto Rico, to be protocolized in a poll deed and filed with the Registry of Powers of Attorneys of the Office of Notary Inspections, pursuant to the Puerto Rico Notary Law, 4 L.P.R.A. §§ 2001-2141.
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