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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Identity Theft for Puerto Rico on
Q: What are alimony laws in Puerto Rico?

A couple were married a little over 2 years while living in Florida... in those 2 years, wife cheated 3 times, and they attempted reconciliation. After the 3rd time, they separated, and she took kids and moved to Puerto Rico. They've been separated 4 yrs, and he wishes to divorce legally to... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jul 20, 2019

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. There is no alimony per say under Puerto Rico law. The only rights she would have is child support payments and half of all marital property. The child support is determined by calculating the sum of both parties monthly income and then finding said sum in the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: What are my rights for forced heirs in Puerto Rico?

My dad died in 2002 in Pennsylvania. He was born in Puerto Rico and when he died, him and his sisters inherited their fathers land. Three years ago, my sister and I found out that we were his forced heirs to this land. My dad's siblings, (3 brothers, and 4 sisters), sold the land without... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jan 29, 2019

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. You will need to hire an Attorney in Puerto Rico to claim your rights to your inheritance as representatives of your father. First you will have to file a declaration of inheritors for your father's estate. Once you receive the court resolution declaring you... Read more »

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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Municipal Law and Collections for Puerto Rico on
Q: About 2 years ago I won a civil case in Puerto Rico. But I havent received all money. What can i do now?

About 2 years ago I won A civil suit in Puerto Rico against my niece(who happens to be a police officer) who had stolen money from my account. I live in New York. She was ordered to pay me back sum of $27,000. She paid me only $10,000 and has not bothered to pay the rest. My lawyer said that I... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 28, 2017

You can docket the judgment from Puerto Rico in New York. You need to get a certified copy from the court there.

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Q: I live in New York but want to sue a contractor in Puerto Rico - where do I file?
Jeffrey Michael Haber
Jeffrey Michael Haber answered on Jan 10, 2017

The venue rules in New York permit a person to file a complaint in the county in which s/he resides. Keep in mind, however, the law of Puerto Rico will probably apply. Note: if there is an agreement that contains a choice of law and a venue clause, then the contract would most likely govern... Read more »

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