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Puerto Rico Questions & Answers

Q: My grandmother passed a year ago. I currently live in the US And don't know how to find out if I am on the will

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Sep 17, 2017

Did she own any real estate in Illinois.

If not, you will need to consult a lawyer where she was a resident.

It is possible that the properties were in joint names so that probate was not needed.
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Q: I adopted my step daughter in FL how do change her birth certificate in Puerto Rico

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Sep 8, 2017

Hi,

If you want to change the information in a birth certificate issued by the demographic registry in Puerto Rico, you will need to file a case about change of name of correction of birth certificate in the district court where the child was born. You will need to state why you request the change of name and definitely you will need to present evidence of the adoption case.
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Q: Being my fathers only child, do I have any entitlements if removed from my fathers will and assigned to a non-relative?

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Probate for Puerto Rico on
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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Q: hello I and my older brother and sister received an inheritance. Since I was away for a long time neither sibling will

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Aug 3, 2017

You could first try to see if there was any court case filed either through the

judicial system per se or by contacting an attorney.
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Q: How long after filing for bankruptcy will the creditors stop calling me?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Aug 2, 2017

Creditor calls and mailings should stop within 2 weeks of filing
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Q: I have 1/3 of an inheritance sitting in the courts in Bayamon since 2016. I have the file #. How do I retrieve my money?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Jul 3, 2017

It has to be done in writing through the court, via the Accounts Division, but it´s usually difficult to find someone who is English-speaking. However, a lawyer will be able to get the money in a relatively speedy manner. Feel free to contact us if you want this to be taken care of right away.
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Q: Does a will have to be file? Or does the lawyer that drew the will automatically Files it?

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Jun 26, 2017

The attorney will automatically file or register it within 24 hours of the signature.
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Q: if I sent a power of attorney for the purpose of inheritance and in return i was asked to sign a special power of

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Jun 20, 2017

1. You never sign something you don't understand.

2. You don't do anything until someone explains why you are being asked to do it.
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Q: If a woman is married in Puerto Rico and live in pr with her husband and kids can she divorce and bring the kids to usa

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Jun 12, 2017

Yes. You have to file a divorce and custody case in Puerto Rico. You will need to request the transfer of residency of the minors to the USA. The court will evaluate the request so you can travel to the US with the kids.
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Q: My sister passed away and so did my Mom. My father had a house in P.R. and it is about to be sold by his other children

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Puerto Rico on
Answered on May 22, 2017

Your sister's heirs are her next of kin, that would be her children if she had any, if she didn't it would be her siblings from her nuclear family such as you. Really there is a lot more to this and a full analysis is warranted by an estate and probate attorney.
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Q: I'd like to appoint two people as my executors - is that okay?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Puerto Rico on
Answered on May 15, 2017

Yes.

Under the laws of Puerto Rico you can have as many as executors you want always under the right Power of Attorney.
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Q: I live most of the year in Florida and want to buy a vacation rental in Puerto Rico.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Answered on May 14, 2017

Yes, you will need to pay a monthly "room tax", at a rate of 7%, to the PR Tourism Company -a government agency- for any short term rentals less than 90 days.
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Q: for several years now, my husband's sister has been staying in our home in Puerto rico while we stay in our home in NY.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Puerto Rico on
Answered on May 3, 2017

Start proceedings to evict her, a local landlord and tenant attorney can help.
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Q: Are there any types of income or assets that are off-limits during a divorce where there's no pre-nuptial agreement?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Apr 18, 2017

Under Puerto Rico laws, if you get married without a prenuptial agreement everything obtained during the marriage (assets or debts) belongs to both spouses, except all you acquired by inheritance.
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Q: Can police pull you over for any reason if they suspect you might be driving under the influence, or are there limits to

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Apr 18, 2017

Yes they can if they have reasonable doubt about your sobriety, for example driving on zigzag, if you assume conduct that violates transit or transportation laws, etc.
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Q: I own half of my house with my husband but we have separate bank accounts and credit cards.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Apr 18, 2017

Under the laws of Puerto Rico, the answer is yes. If you married your husband without a prenuptial agreement, all of what you have (assets and debts) will be divided by half during a divorce. Otherwise, if you signed a prenuptial agreement, the division will be different.
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Q: What are my rights as a mother that wants to leave Puerto Rico but the father does not want to sign the permissions?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Apr 18, 2017

Hi,

Even if the father doesn't gives you the permission to leave Puerto Rico, you can file a case of Custody and transfer of the minor to the US. This will take a while if the father doesn't consent quickly, but the Court will initiate an evaluation of the new residence of the minor and will or will not allow you to travel to the US. The permission will depend on the evidence provided to the court.
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Q: My dad passed away. The house was under his name but he married for over 20 years. Who inherits his property?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Apr 18, 2017

Hi,

Under Puerto Rico laws, the right heirs of your father are his daughters or sons and the widow. If he made a Will, the document will state who are the heirs.
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Q: Can I get a divorce in PR if I've only been here 6 months (Left FL due to fear of husband harming me or my child)?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Apr 18, 2017

Hi,

In Puerto Rico you can initiate a Divorce process under the following:

1) If you got married in Puerto Rico

2) If you didn't got married in Puerto Rico but has resided here for more than one year, or

3) If the reason of the divorce started in Puerto Rico, even if you didn't got married in Puerto Rico or have the one year residence.
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Q: My mother is on a fixed income and is a resident of PR. She can't afford 600.00 for a will. Any affordable options?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Apr 18, 2017

Hi,

The cost of a will in Puerto Rico will depend on the Notary Public that you contract.

There are some options for indigent people such as: Corporacion de Servicios Legales de Puerto Rico an Pro Bono de Puerto Rico.

If your mother doesn't qualify for any of these programs you can contact a Notary Public in Puerto Rico and try to settle a payment plan or lower costs for the service.
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