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My mother just passed away on the 16th,she lived in Puerto Rico but passed away in Florida.  My sisters and I all live in the States; there is no last Will and Testament.  We will be going to Puerto Rico to settle whatever needs to be done there.  However, we are not aware of what would be the first step to assure all is paid properly so we can sell the house afterwards.  There is also a bank account with a minimal amount in the bank.  How do we go about handling that?  The laws in Puerto Rico are so different which leaves us totally confused.  Thank you for your assistance.

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Dear Linda:

My condolences about your mother passing away.  My father passed away a few years ago, hence I understand what you may be going through.  

I am going to ask you to visit my site www.PuertoRicoLegalBlog.com and search the term "declaratoria de herederos" which in turn, will direct you to various videos through which I explain the subject.

Please let me know if after watching the videos you have any questions.

Wishing you the best,

Santiago F. Lampón

Puerto Rico

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Santiago F. Lampón

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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).

Experience

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.

Organizations
Puerto Rico Bar Association

Publications
www.PuertoRicoLegalBlog.com www.ViequesLaw.com

Education/Credentials
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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