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Probate is the act of administering and processing your estate through the legal system after you pass away. If you create a will, your estate will be divided according to your wishes. Dying without a will is known as dying intestate, and the Puerto Rican court will decide which of your assets and property go to heirs and beneficiaries based on their statutory laws. Many things may be done in order to avoid the probate process completely, or minimize the amount of time a probate case may take. A Puerto Rico probate attorney at the Law Office of Sylvia C. Lugo- Sotomayor not only helps Puerto Rican residents with probate, but estate planning, wills and trusts, and other areas associated to probate, as well. Our firm has the experience to help those who wish to prepare for probate before they pass, or assist those need legal aid during the probate process. The Law Office of Sylvia C. Lugo-Sotomayor not only specializes in probate, but probate-related areas of law such as:

Estate Planning
Your estate consists of everything you own- a car, a house, savings and checking accounts, and anything else that belongs to you. In order to protect these assets while you are still alive, and transfer your estate to the correct people after you have passed on, it is ideal to create an estate plan.

If you should pass away unexpectedly, and a minor child or disabled person was in your care, they will require a guardian. You may elect a guardian you see fit to care for your loved ones, and avoid the Puerto Rican court nominating a guardian on your behalf after your death.

Puerto Rico divides inheritance into three parts- a legit third, which is given to forceful heirs, one third for betterment, which may be distributed amongst desired heirs, and one third that may be given to anyone.

Probate Process
Probate is not necessary in Puerto Rico if a resident created a valid will that complies with Puerto Rican law. If a person dies interstate, the estate must be collected, a petition and waiver must be filed, debts must be paid, and beneficiaries must be located in order for the probate process to be completed.

Probate Litigation
Some may not agree as to what is written in a will. If someone believes they were unfairly excluded from a will, or received less than they felt they rightfully deserved, one may contest a will. If a will does not exist, and the court chooses beneficiaries you may not agree with, you may also contest their decisions, through probate litigation.

Wills & Trusts
It is common for Puerto Rican residents not to create a will, but if you are aware of the Puerto Rican probate laws, and design your will to follow said laws, your estate may be divided as you wish. Living wills are also ideal for those who want their medical wishes to be known in the event that they become incapacitated. Trusts may also be established to transfer assets to people while you are still alive, or transfer assets to loved ones after you pass.

Legal Advice
The entire probate experience, as well as planning for probate, may be stressful. Puerto Rican laws are frequently changing, and for those who reside outside of Puerto Rico, but own property on the island, have different probate rules. You can consult our firm if you have any questions regarding probate or other areas of legal advice that are associated with probate.

Let a San Juan County Probate Attorney Help You

Whatever your legal needs may be, our lawyers at the Law Office of Sylvia C. Lugo-Sotomayor have the ability to help. With over twenty years of experience, we offer excellent representation with a personal touch. We treat all of our clients with the utmost level of respect, and we strive to meet our clients' end goals. If you are interested in learning more about what we may be able to do for you in regards to probate, bankruptcy, civil affairs, or notoriety, please feel free to call our firm, or fill out a complimentary case evaluation form on our website.

Law Office of Sylvia C. Lugo-Sotomayor - Probate Attorney in Puerto Rico
# 7 Bayamon Street,
San Juan PR 00918
Phone: (787) 390-9140

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