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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Puerto Rico on
Q: Can my ex-spouse re-request child support in PR after my child turns 18 - IF our custody order was created in a US state

We had a child custody order, and I maintain jursidiction in my state. She moved to PR with child. Based on my state, child support will end at 18. After it's completed, can she in turn file for child support in PR upon my child turning 18 as a new child support case?

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on May 29, 2023

First off, she must reside in Puerto Rico with your child for a year, in order to demostrate residence. Once Puerto Rico is the state of residence, adulthood is achieved upon reaching 21. So long as you pay child support, you can present the case to the court or to ASUME (the Administration for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: En su testamento, mi padre me nombra albacea con expresión relevo de fianza y sin límite de tiempo con facultad para

Cobrar rentas, utilidades, administrar y tomar medidas de protección del caudal. También añade facultades extraordinarias para la ejecución del testamento de vender. ¿Con esa facultad extraordinaria de vender, puedo vender solo con la autorización verbal de los otros herederos forzosos sin... Read more »

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on May 22, 2023

Buenas tardes. Antes que nada, una vez fallecido su padre, son dos pasos que debe llevar a cabo: Primero, debe levantar un inventario del caudal en los primeros 30 días siguientes al fallecimiento, para tener una idea de lo que dejó. Segundo, debe acudir al tribunal para solicitar cartas... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Puerto Rico on
Q: I a 68 y/o lady suffering from the sequela of an assault at an Égida. Can I sue the landlord for damages? Thank you

I have lived at the privately owned/ government subsidized Égida for moderate income seniors for 5 yrs. and had complained to the mgmt./ landlord , for months, about my 4 attackers for harrassment and the lack of security cameras.The physical assault , per se, occurred Nov/24/2022 @ 7:16 pm and I... Read more »

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on May 22, 2023

You can sue on or before November 24, 2023. The statute of limitation for this cause of action is one year after the events. I advise that you retain an attorney, who may extend the term by notifying the landlord by way of an extrajudicial letter.

You may procure legal representation...
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0 Answers | Asked in White Collar Crime for Puerto Rico on
Q: Wanted a paintable glass for backsplash, but got me wrong one He said he misunderstood me got me a White coat it one

When you gave me final measurements order sheet before ordering, Glass took it upon himself to write white glass wasn’t picked up by homeowner because was spoken already about receiving a clear paintable glass

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Contracts for Puerto Rico on
Q: Hoa issues in Puerto Rico

The Hoa president is now requiring all those that rent subscribe and acquire a hotel # whether you a business or not n also charging a fee of $150:for damages of guest. First can she force you to register and ask for the # and can she collect a damage fee per guest?

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on May 22, 2023

There is no way to address your question for lack of additional information. I recommend that you revisit the rental contract or sales deed (as may be the case) and peruse to identify what is said regarding future additional fees. If you signed a contract or deed that includes the possibility of... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Puerto Rico on
Q: My contractor did a poor job on a bathroom remodel and cant fix it because of his health. What can I do?

The tub was removed and tiling was done on the lower half and new floor. I purchased all the material and paid him in full for the labor. I was out of town when he completed it but my caretaker was there and sent me pictures and he was not actually present but instead his worker was. When I... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: No Title No Registration

My Grandmother left 2 lands in PR to 4 siblings more then 50 years ago. My mother was leaving in one of the land and my uncle build a house in the second land. All siblings has deceased. I went to PR to find out under who's name was both lands. Theres no record of registration couldn't... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Puerto Rico on
Q: On deathStep Mom left a Condo in Puerto Rico . Who pays the upkeep bills prior to the heirs names being put on the Title

Our Dad is deceased. Step Mom living Stateside , had money when she died and left all to her US children by her US Will. There was no valid

PR. It took 2 years to put heirs names on the PR Titles. Does the estate pay the bills before the Title is changed?

0 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Puerto Rico on
Q: Breakdown of inheritance and Pain and Suffering pertaining to malpractice lawsuit

Grandfather died in 2017… family hired a lawyer. The wife and 4 children were included, however one of those heirs (child of grandfather) past away years before his father which makes his two kids ( grandchildren) the heirs. Proper information wasn’t told to the attorney and one heir wasn’t... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: How can my mentally disabled sister transfer 75% of shares of the house and land willed to her by our deceased parents?

My father’s will gave my mentally disabled sister 75% of the house and surrounding land in Puerto Rico with the balance divided evenly between me, my other 2 sisters and my brother. However because she can’t live alone (my father was taking care of her on the property) she wants to give me her... Read more »

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on May 22, 2023

The only way to achieve this would be through a court authorization. Puerto Rico Civil Code presumes that all adults are judicially capable to make their own decisions. In the case of mentally disabled adults, a lawsuit must be filed with the court to legally incapacitate your sister and assign her... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Products Liability for Puerto Rico on
Q: My mom and 3 sibling heritage 2 lands in PR. My mom passed and her siblings too. Theres no tittle or registry.

I went to PR. Went to CRiM and property Registration and couldn't find information. No tittle no registration None of my cousins are taking care the lands

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: How do I go about obtaining a deed to a portion of land that has been in the family for over 150 years without a deed?

The land is in Cabo Rojo. My great grandmother’s home has been vacant for 25 years. I was told family can build on this land, but there are no deeds to it. My great grandmother had many siblings and many have build homes without a deed.

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on May 22, 2023

The answer to your question entails procuring a Certification of your family's land from the Puerto Rico Property Registry. That will let you know whether the portion you speak of has been segregated or not.

If the portion was segregated, then the Puerto Rico Property Registry should...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: My mother inherited land in Puerto Rico in 1991. She is currently a resident of NY and in assisted living .

As my mothers sole heir, if she passes, will I be subject to inheritance taxes on the land? I have read that inheritance tax on land can range from 18%- 50% of the value.

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Apr 6, 2023

At this time, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico does not impose inheritance per se. Nevertheless, property taxes are another matter entirely. Assuming that she lived the real estate property in Puerto Rico until her death, and assuming that no descendant has lived the real estate property since,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: What Office can verify the assigned numbers that corresponds with each part of the property and was it segregated, OPGE

the property in question should have been segregated according to our ‘records’ back when they were originally filed by my father. There appears to be a sequence of numbers that corresponds with each one of the assigned land parcels. Could the OPGe assist with clarifying if the land was... Read more »

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Apr 3, 2023

You'll have a better chance to get the information from the Property Registry. When lad plots are segregated from a main lot, the Registrar annotates each of the new property ("fincas") numbers for each of the newly segregated land plots on the margin of the main lot. Also identified... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Can I build a second floor on my parents house in PR after their death legally. I have 3 siblings ,

I am aware of the real estate laws without a will. Do I need my sibling’s permission and is the second floor considered a separate residence ?

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Mar 29, 2023

Building the structure is not the issue. Your would not be able to file ownership of the structure, so long as probate procedures have not been completed. No one can assume or transfer a right that they do not personally possess. Allow me to elaborate.

Upon a person's passing -...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Can I submit these documents on the portal of the CRIM to request a change of ownership? & request these permits OPGe?

I did the claim de Herrederos after my father passed and I think a ‘Plano de certification y mensura’ may have been done on the property when it was surveyed by an engineer and whole description was filed with the paperwork. Unless it is a separate or different process? don’t know if that... Read more »

Ramon  Olivencia
Ramon Olivencia
answered on Mar 24, 2023

Your description contains confusing information about the multiple steps required for an inheritance to be correctly transferred to the heirs. Given the specialized nature of estate law in Puerto Rico, hiring an attorney to do this for you is highly recommended. If everything is correct, a licensed... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Puerto Rico on
Q: Para ley de Puerto Rico ¿Cómo puedo proceder a vender una casa (soy albacea y heredero del testamento) ... vea abajo:

¿Cómo puedo proceder a vender una casa (soy albacea y heredero del testamento) cuando uno de los herederos (total de 6 herederos directos) ha tomado posesión de la casa y se niega a aceptar cualquier venta de la propiedad?

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Mar 23, 2023

Primer paso (si ya no lo ha hecho) debe ser solicitar, mediante Petición al Tribunal, que se expida carta testamentaria a su favor como albacea. Para esto, debe otorgar declaración jurada aceptando usted el cargo de albacea. Esta declaración jurada se envía al notario que autorizó el... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Where would I file the Request for the transfer of ownership? can this be done online? Where are original records kept?

Assuming that most of the process should have been already done, where would I go to find the measurements of the plot? I had the land surveyed when we started the process back in 2007 when my father passed.I’m pretty sure I have most of these documents. The only thing I don’t have is the title... Read more »

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Mar 23, 2023

Ownership of the property can be established by requesting a registry certification from the Puerto Rico Property Registry (Registro de la Propiedad) with copy of the scanned foils that shows the historical tract of the real estate property. You can physically visit the Registry located in the... Read more »

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