Q: If I'm selling my portion of land to family, why is the lawyer asking for marital status?
A: Regardless of whom your selling your participation to, the Puerto Rico Notary Law requires a notary to identify the personal circumstances of each person who appear before him/her to subscribe a deed or sworn statement. Each person must demostrate that he/she is of legal age, and provide the marital status (and spouse's name), occupation/profession, city/town of residence, and state of residence. Also, if the notary does not personally know the person that appears before him/her, and no witnesses are available to identify the subscriber, the notary is mandated to request to see a valid driver's license or some other government-issued identification that has the subscriber's name and photo.
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