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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Probate and Estate Planning for Puerto Rico on
Q: My dad past away in Puerto Rico. He had joint ownership of their home and bank accounts with my mom. My mom seemed leg

Seeked Legal advice and handed checks over to this lawyer that were in both her name and my dad’s. That was 5 years ago and now the atty is avoiding my mom and has all her accounts frozen. The atty is also avoiding my calls. It is a large amount of money and my mom has not received a dime of... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jan 23, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. You will need to create an Estate for your beloved Father and do a declaration of Inheritors in a Court process. Once the Court has issued the decrece declaring the inheritors , the next step is to file the Estate's Inheritance tax return. This will create a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Do I need a lawyer to file for legal guardianship of my elderly parents in Puerto Rico?

I reside in Puerto Rico with my parents, my father is 89 yo with advanced Alzheimer's and my mother is 81 and ambulates with the help of a walker.

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jan 10, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. In Puerto Rico we have tutorship and guardianahip . The major differences is that the first must be Court approved but the other can be done by a Notary Public if both parent's are mentally capable.

If you need additional information please feel free...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Family Law and Elder Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Over 20 years done 100% of the care for 94 year old mother.there are 4 other brother, never done their share help

Am with my mother over 120 hours a week.I prepare meals for my mom,clean house, do the yard work.Buy groceries and household supplies out of my own funds.Am a Marine Vietnam combat veteran withPTSD.The situation is very difficult because I’m wasting away so my mother can live and my siblings have... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on May 27, 2019

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. You have the right in Puerto Rico to file a complaint in court to force the sibblings to do thier share of the choirs. All children must do their share for care of thier elderly parent. This is the law.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: For a will, Must the parent include all the children in the will
Naomi Jusino
Naomi Jusino answered on Sep 6, 2018

Dear Reader,

The answer in first hand is yes.

A reason to exclude children is that the Testator disinherit a child in the will. If not, the Will can be contested.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Elder Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Is there an office in PR that can help a senior citizen do a declaratorio de herederos for free or a discount price.

The person lives in Aguada, is on a fixed income needs the help

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Aug 10, 2018

Good evening and thank you for using JUSTIA. Yes there are various places that can help. You can contact the Sociedad De Servicios Legales in Aguadilla, the law university in Ponce, the office for the elderly in Aguadilla just to name a few. You can find them on the internet or by calling 411.

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Elder Law and Estate Planning for Puerto Rico on
Q: Is a spouse able to make healthcare decisions if there is no advanced directive or power of attorney?
Miraisy Molina-Ruiz
Miraisy Molina-Ruiz answered on Oct 17, 2016

Yes, a spouse can make healthcare decisions even when there is no advanced directive or power of attorney.

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