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My parents gave me a power of attorney to deal with al the properties including one in Puerto Rico that was rented and the renter still living in it and without paying.  Two layers lied to us and keep our money in a dishonest way and know a collector of a collection agency is asking 500 hundred dollars to deal with the renter without going again to court. The thing is that I have the power of attorney and the apostille certifying that the notary is active here in Florida, where we all live.  I went for a hearing and the lawyer ask the case to be dismiss just to begin again the whole situation. Then, he ended up giving up the case.  My question is. since we are running out of money and the renter is living the house without paying, can I pass the power of attorney to my best friend in Puerto Rico since I am getting ready for a huge surgery and my dads are separated because of all this situation and we don't now where he is at.
Thanks for your help!

Hello there and thank you for your question.

If the power of attorney contains a clause authorizing you to pass it on, you may.  If not, the best way to proceed is by having your parents prepare a new power of attorney naming the person in Puerto Rico and also naming you jointly with that person.

I wish you good health!


Santiago F. Lampón

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Santiago F. Lampón


Real Estate, Inheritance, Notary, Corporate and Contract Law in Puerto Rico. Purchasing and selling real estate in Puerto Rico, including the use of powers of attorney as required. The difference between being a notary in Puerto Rico when compared to the commonly known functions of notaries in the US and other countries. Fully bilingual (English and Spanish).


Have been practicing law for 22 years. Main area of practice is Real Estate and Inheritance Law issues, also working with Corporate Law aspects associated with executing real estate transactions in Puerto Rico. Mainly working with non-residents of Puerto Rico helping them handle their real estate transactions in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Bar Association


Admitted to practice in Puerto Rico by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Awards and Honors
Law School Honor Graduate (Magna Cum Laude); Law Review Editor-in-Chief; Various recognition while in private practice; active participant in social betterment activities.

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