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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Puerto Rico on
Q: Is a contract legally binding if I signed it as an 18 year old in puerto rico?

I'm an American and staying in Puerto Rico right now. I'm 18 and I signed a contract here while in puerto rico. Is it legally binding? I was born in America and I do not have a Puerto Rican citenzship.

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Sep 21, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. We are all American citizens since anyone born in Puerto Rico is an American citizen.

In Puerto Rico, a person is considered as being under the age of adulthood until the age of twenty-one. Under age twenty-one you are a minor and thus donot have the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: A friend needs to transfer a home to my name that's free and clear because I gave her the money to purchase. What to do

The home isn't purchased yet. Sellers will only sell to her not me. I'm going to give her the money for a cash deal. How could I get a contract with her to protect myself and how do I transfer in my name after the purchase and what's involved

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Sep 1, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. The best and safest way to complete your goal is by making a Power of Attorney in her favor to represent you in the purchase.

If you need additional information please feel free to contact me directly.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Contracts for Puerto Rico on
Q: Can a law suite and judgement in Puerto Rico for collection of rent for an abandoned apartment be extended to the States

I have a building in Puerto Rico where a tenant recently stopped paying rent and went back to the states. There are 6 months left on the lease and I am trying to decide whether it's worth pursuing in court.

If I am able to get a lawsuit judgment in PR courts can I then extend that... Read more »

Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera
Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera answered on Jun 19, 2020

A judgment from Puerto Rico would be treated as a judgment from any of the 50 states. The judgment creditor would need to follow the procedure required under the laws of the state where property ( or assets such as bank accounts, etc.) has been found, so that the P.R. judgment can be executed in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Law, Consumer Law and Contracts for Puerto Rico on
Q: Whats the scoop on transferring auto loans in Puerto Rico, Affidavit vs no affadavit, How does it work on both sides?

I'd like to get a vehicle on the island and I understand the traditional methods of leasing and financing but i'm not familiar with the loan transfer process and can't find any relevant info via the web so far. I need a used vehicle but due to current circumstances, i'm unsure... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on May 13, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. You will not find any laws since it is ilegal to transfer an account without the lender's authorization. There are many instances that have occured where the vehicle is sold to a third party but the title and loan continue in the name that appears on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Is there any way to break a short term rental agreement without penalty. Especially right now amidst the COVID crisis?

I'm in a short term lease that ends may 31. we gave the landlord 30 days notice but they are not accepting it. They say breaking the lease early results in an additional penalty of 2 months rent, plus I believe they will most likely keep our deposit. I want to be able to break the lease and... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Apr 2, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. The best way to resolve this matter is to speak with your landlord and explain to him your reasons for wanting to move to your parent's house due to economic hardships because of the current quarentine under the Executive Order issued by the Governor.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Puerto Rico on
Q: Can a 19 year old sign legal documents in Puerto Rico?
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Feb 8, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. As a general rule of law unless that 19 year old has been legally emancipated, he/she cannot sign legal documents by themselves since they are still under age 21 when they become a consenting adult. A person is considered a minor until age 21under the laws of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Puerto Rico on
Q: My wife wants to take her name off of the deed we just purchased in p.r. a few months ago.what is that process?
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jan 23, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. You first need to contact the morgage bank to remove your wife's name from the mortgage. Then you will need to draft a document of seperation of marital property to personal property under a postnupcial agreement.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Estate Planning and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Uncle is trustee of family land. Dad passed, trustee didnt pass to his children. How can I get added to my family trust?

Uncle is real estate agent and has created a trust to place all siblings portions of the land into. However as my father has passed no action was taken by the trustee to include his children. He was not married and died in Puerto Rico. I sense my inheritence is being robbed by my dads siblings.

Jose Rivera
Jose Rivera answered on Nov 30, 2019

If you're member of a trust where your uncle included everyone of your siblings, including yourself, chances are that this was perpetuated by a procedure in a Court of law. Feel free to give us a call and contact our offices.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: HOA laws in Puerto Rico. Looking for info on where laws can be found, summary analysis of key, legislative structures
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Aug 6, 2019

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. There is no one place to find HOA regulations. Each community sets up its own rules and regulations. However there are basic rules such as horizontal laws for condominiums and access control laws for gated communities.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Puerto Rico on
Q: How much does it cost to file a small claims case in Boquerón, Puerto Rico?

Is it proper to file in small claims court to be released from a rental contract paid 1 year in advance? There was a breach of contract by landlord. We're looking to get our rental fees for the rest of the term of contract.

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Nov 15, 2018

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. The case needs to be filed in the district court due to the amount and matter being claimed. You would file a breach of contract case. The costs are $750.00 retainer and 20% of the amount recovered. The amount placed by the court as legal fees would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Puerto Rico on
Q: J&W Grading shiped my equipment to Puerto Rico thru trailer bridge barges never worked and can’t get equipment back

Barges unlimited is holding my equipment and my equipment was never on there barges. I have three broken contracts never made a dime and now missing 200.00 an hour in Florida because I can’t get my equipment out of San Juan

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Oct 22, 2018

Good afternoon and thank you for using JUSTIA. You will need to file a judicial claim against all involved inorder to get youŕ equipment returned /or sent to its destination and claim your economical losses. This entails hiring an attorney to file claim. If you need additional information or... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Contracts for Puerto Rico on
Q: Is it safe to give a car under affidavit if I still owe on it?

I'm giving away my car loan but the person interested recently opened up a business and can't get the loan transferred. Is it safe to give him the car for a year (minimum requirement on his business loan until he can get approved for other loans) under affidavit? I am unable to pay the... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jul 3, 2018

Good morning and thank you for using JUSTIA. The two main downfalls are that you will remain the registered owner of said vehicle and the principle debtor to the loan. This means that you are the responsable party for any damage that the vehicle causes and in the party responsable for the monthly... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: How do I go about getting a merchant served in Puerto Rico? Who do I call in puerto Rico to file a claim dispute/case?
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 30, 2018

Contact a Puerto Rican attorney in Puerto Rico.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for Puerto Rico on
Q: How do I go about filing small claims dispute in court if the merchant lives in Puerto Rico and I live in New Jersey?

This merchant will not return my down payment. My wedding was supposed to be in Puerto Rico but because of the massive hurricane hitting my wedding was cancelled by the resort . The merchant took my down payment on 9/12/17 and the hurricane hit on 9/18/17 the hotel I was supposed to have my wedding... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 23, 2018

You will have to have the merchant personally served in Puerto Rico. Everything else would be the same. Depending on the amount of money involved, you may want to retain counsel, but collecting on a Judgment may be very hard.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Probate for Puerto Rico on
Q: Being my fathers only child, do I have any entitlements if removed from my fathers will and assigned to a non-relative?
Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Aug 12, 2017

In New York, you would have no rights, provided that your father made competent decisions of his own.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Puerto Rico on
Q: If I write a contract and the other person signs it, is it valid, even if an attorney didn't write it?
Naomi Jusino
Naomi Jusino answered on Jan 8, 2017

Yes. In Puerto Rico, contracts are not required to be sign or sworn before a Notary Public to be valid.

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