How to Find a Property Tax ID Number

December 7, 2016 Leave a comment

Hello! I hope you are having a great week!

This is a video on how to find a property tax ID number. I will take you step by step so you can do it from your home.

Please let me know if you have any questions to my email. slampon@lamponlaw.com

Enjoy!

Very truly yours,

Santiago Lampón

TRANSCRIPT

HOW TO FIND A PROPERTY TAX ID NUMBER 

Hello my name is Santiago Lampón and I am a lawyer and a notary in Puerto Rico and welcome to Puerto Rico Legal Blog. In this episode I am actually going to teach you how to do something. I am going to teach you how to find what is your property tax ID number or the id number for your property in Puerto Rico. Now Collection handling management of property taxes in Puerto Rico is done by the CRIM. In English it is the Centre for Recollection of Municipal taxes. The CRIM has a property number based on certain information that identifies each property individually. Most of the time people are not aware of what the property tax ID number or if you are watching this video, you actually need to find it.

So I am going to teach you how to find it from the comfort of your home, using a computer connected to the Internet. So I am going to show you right now and I we are going to do a random find. The information we are going to see is actually public. So we are not going to cover anyone’s particular in particular. You can go to your Google or yahoo or bing search and the word in Spanish is, not available in English, GEOLOCALIZADOR. In Spanish is GEOLOCALIZADOR.

The first item that you are going to see, notice that I didn’t have to put Puerto Rico in it, so far is unique. It is going to take you to the planning board. Here is the name. GEOLOCALIZADOR and it is going to show you the whole map of Puerto Rico. There are three ways in which you can find properties here. I am going to show you two of them because the third one is if you actually had the number. First of all you come to this eyeglass here and you are going to say catastro, which is the Spanish word for pin number and this is just a convenient translation and then here is zip code. So I am going to put in the zip code for my hometown, which is 00976 and it is automatically going to show you to Trujillo Alto, again my home town. So this is the whole area of Trujillo Alto and over here to the left you will find zoom. You zoom in and you will see the map becoming more defined and keep on zooming. Now, you have to have an idea of the roads and perhaps other builders near your area. Again I am just doing a random search here.  Here is an area called La Pradera. And let’s say this big property right here is my property and I just click on it and it is going to process and it is going to identify the parcel and it is going to give me the basic information on the parcel.

What basic information? The pin number; the location of the property using coordinates; the size of the property that is registered in the CRIM. The number here is 14500231604. Whosoever owns this property has a pin number. What would that mean? That if I did the reverse and use the pin number icon and I type in the number, which is 145-002-316-04 it automatically is going to search and show me that property. So by having the zip code and physically locating the property you can find what the pin number is, you can find out how many square meters are registered for that property. You also have coordinates which, by the way those coordinates are important for purposes of conducting the survey and you will notice that no other information is being shown, your name, your address or any other personal information is not shown online. And this is how you find a property using a computer connected to the Internet and know the pin number for property tax purpose.

And remember this is a different number than the number that may be related to your title at the property registry.

If you have any questions about this or any other subject you can send me an email or you can post you question on this page.  Again my name is Santiago Lampón, a lawyer and a notary in Puerto Rico in this episode. Have a good day.

Wills Not Executed in Puerto Rico

December 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Good morning! I hope this video is of very good use to you and I hope you have a fantastic week!

Please let me know if you have any question or if you need any help.

Very truly yours,

Santiago Lampón

WILLS NOT EXECUTED IN PUERTO RICO

Hello my name is Santiago Lampón and I welcome you to Puerto Rico legal video blog. This video post I cover wills in Puerto Rico and most importantly wills that are not executed in Puerto Rico.

A Will in Puerto Rico has very specific requirements as to content, what is written in the will. But also has very specific requirements as to format how the will is issued and authorized by the notary is signed by the person writing the will. Now if you have a will outside of Puerto Rico meaning that it was executed elsewhere it is most likely that will, will not necessarily be acceptable in Puerto Rico for distribution of your assets in Puerto Rico. I am not saying that is automatically not good I am just saying most likely but it is very important to have your will revised by a local notary. And like I have stated in another post only lawyers can be notaries in Puerto Rico which is because of the specific requirement for this kind of documents as to content, which is legal in nature, and as to format the way they are done.

Now, if you have a will and you are watching this video is because you looked into the future. You want to organize things and have everything in place so that when you pass away your family is protected, your family knows what they need to do, it is easier for them to do it or maybe you have a specific wish about the disposition of assets in what you want happen with them. If you have a will and you  don’t have it checked in Puerto Rico by  local lawyer or notary, that wish  that you have with regards to US and  Puerto Rico may be hindered  somewhat.  Because we have very specific requirements, you can watch another one of the videos I have here about force heirs law  which  explains to you who comes first and  who comes second with regards to  inheritance law. And while the will gives you some flexibility it doesn’t give you complete flexibility. As an example most of the couples that come to me, they have the situation in which they want to make sure the surviving spouse have complete use and enjoyment of the property in Puerto Rico, usually a beach house a  second home, your heaven during winter, or your state to stay away from the cold.

Well you know what, wills throughout most of the united stated makes it easier for that to happen but not necessarily in Puerto Rico. So you want to make sure that the will is looked at, and that you have some predication. The knowledge you need to know that what is going to happen in the future is what you want happening in the future. So you have watched Puerto Rico Legal Video Blog. My name is Santiago Lampón, a lawyer and a notary in Puerto Rico and remember you can send questions by writing on this blog at any given time.

Categories: wills

Finding a Tittle at the Property Registry in Puerto Rico – Part 2

November 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Hello again!

On monday I posted a video for you on Finding a Tittle Part 1, and today  I have Part 2 for you!

I hope you are having a fantastic week and that this data can be of great use to you.

Remember to send me an e-mail if you have questions or if you have suggestions for future subjects.

Very truly yours,

Santiago F. Lampón

 

FINDING A TITTLE AT THE REGISTRY IN PUERTO RICO PART 2 (Transcript)

 

 

Hello my name is Santiago Lampón. I am a lawyer and a notary in Puerto Rico. And this is part two of an episode dealing with finding titles in Puerto Rico. On the first episode, you don’t need to watch the first episode to watch this one. That one I covered when you have a deed, a lot number or the name of the person who should be reported or registered as the owner.

This video I cover when you have none of the above. Now you suspect that someone owns a property in Puerto Rico, most likely a relative if you are doing this for inheritance purposes and you do have the social security number for that person. Well this is the backdoor way of maybe finding a title on the Puerto Rico law or on the Puerto Rico system for registration property. 


The property register property ownership but we also have the center for the collection for municipal taxes in Spanish known as CRIM. C-R-I-M. CRIM records also deal with properties but they are totally separate and independent from the records at the property registry. CRIM registers properties for purposes of invoicing and collecting property taxes. I believe that it should work in unison with a property registry but that is not the way it is right now. At the CRIM they have a property tax ID number or also known as the pin number. But they also keep records by social security number. So I f you have the social security number of the person you want to seek records for, and it is ok and authorized under the law that you seek those records, like the person passed away and you are an heir and you want to perform the inheritance process, you can search at the CRIM under the social security number and find any properties listed formerly or currently to that person’s name.

You can also find the information about the deed through which the person acquired it at the time, contact the notary and if authorized under the law to obtain a copy from the candidate and from that you can go to the property registry to find out how the property is currently is registered.

Again this is a back door method; it needs to be correctly done. It can only be done by persons authorized under the law to do it and when we perform this we are very adamant about what the documentation we need, that we are doing it for the right person but it is a backdoor way that most  of the time works. 


So again my name is Santiago Lampón. I am a lawyer and notary in Puerto Rico. If you have any questions you can email them to me or give me a call. I appreciate that you watched this video. Have a good day.

If you have any question please send me an email or give me a phone call.

E-MAIL – SLAMPON@LAMPONLAW.COM

PHONE NUMBER – (787) 273-6767

You can also post them (ANY COMMENTS) right here on this page.

Categories: The Property Registry

Finding a Tittle at the Property Registry in Puerto Rico Part 1

November 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Hello again!

This is a video for you on how to find a tittle at the Property Registry in Puerto Rico.

I hope you have a great week and that this data can be of use to you.

Remember to send me an e-mail if you have questions or if you have suggestions for future subjects.

Very truly yours,

Santiago F. Lampón

 

FINDING A TITTLE AT THE PROPERTY REGISTRY IN PUERTO RICO – PART 1

Hello my name is Santiago Lampón. I am a lawyer and a notary in Puerto Rico and in this episode of Puerto Rico Legal video blog, this is actually part one of a two part subject, I am going to cover how to find the title in Puerto Rico. Now there are some assumptions I want you to look at while you are watching this video; and the first one and foremost is that the property that you are looking for or the title you are looking for is registered at the property registry in Puerto Rico.

In part two of this episode I am going to cover those that you cannot find the information that I am going to discuss now, which would lead you to find the title of the property registry. Now the other assumption is that you have information and 


I am going to give you the three pieces of information and the source for some of that information.

First you most likely have a lot number or should have a lot number for the property. Important. There is a distinction to be made here. The lot number assigned under Puerto Rico law and at the Property Registry in Puerto Rico has no bearings or no correspondence with the lot number that the property may actually have in life, meaning out there. Like, you have a little house in your small town or big city or whatever and that house has a number, number 1159. That has nothing to do; I’m jut making that up, that has nothing to do with the number that the property may be identified with at the property registry.

You could search the property registry like for example lets say you have this property in San Juan that you are looking for and your number 1159 and you look for 1159 and nothing shows up. Then there is another one that has 1159 in Fajardo and another one in Pozo, these are different cities in Puerto Rico.  So the number that you are looking for has nothing to do with number sitting in front of the house or the apartment. 


Where do you get this lot number? You get it from a deed. At the deed or within the deed you would have a description of the property and it is going to give you a lot number which is the official number used by the property registry.
Another way you can find the title or property at the property registry is by using the name of the person who appears as owner of the property. If you believe that John Doe is the owner of the property you can do a name search, but where? There are different districts that have different and unique and separate records regarding property use in Puerto Rico. If the property is located in San Juan there are sub districts in San Juan, three or for of them, I believe four of them. And when you are looking for a property you need to make sure you know specifically where that property is located so we can associate a registry with that property. And then your search can be fruitful.

So property lot number, the deed where the information appears or the names. 


One piece of advice or warning, when you are looking for property you see the name of the owner that is highly unsuccessful action. Maybe it is not fair to say highly unsuccessful but I rather not use it. But if we need to use it that’s fine but if you don’t have any of this information then you need to watch part 2 of this video.

My name is Santiago Lampón. I am a lawyer and a notary in Puerto Rico. You have watched an episode in Puerto Rico Legal Block. You can send me an email or give me a phone call if you have any questions. Have a great day.

Categories: Uncategorized

DECEMBER EVENTS AT THE TRUST

November 23, 2016 Leave a comment

Here is a link to a post at http://www.ViequesBlog.com announcing a series of events scheduled for the month of December 2016 at the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust located at El Malecón in La Esperanza.

VCHT EVENTS – DECEMBER 2016

Here is a link to the VCHT site.

Very Truly Yours,

Santiago F. Lampón

#Vieques

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DECLARATION OF HEIRS – PART 2

November 23, 2016 Leave a comment

Hello again!

A while ago I published a video on the subject of Declaration of Heirs. To properly cover the subject, I divided the material in two parts.  Below is Part 2 of the 2 part series.

Thousands of views later, I have prepared a transcript of the video and I am re-publishing it here for your benefit and for the benefit of those searching for information on this subject.

Remember to send me an e-mail if you have questions or if you have suggestions for future subjects.

Very truly yours,

Santiago F. Lampón

 

TRANSCRIPT DECLARATION OF HEIRS – PART 2

DECLARATION OF HEIRS IN PUERTO RICO – PART 2 VIDEO – A CRITICAL OFTEN OVERLOOK ITEM

 

TRANSCRIPT OF VIDEO PUBLISHED BY LAWYER AND NOTARY

SANTIAGO F. LAMPÓN

Hello my name is Santiago Lampón.   E-MAIL – SLAMPON@LAMPONLAW.COM

I am a lawyer and notary in Puerto Rico and welcome to Puerto Rico Legal Video Blog.

This is part 2 of a 2 part video regarding the Declaration of Heirs in Puerto Rico.

Part 1 is independent from this one, but I recommend you watch it because if you are looking at this part is because you are a little bit concerned or you just need more information regarding the whole process.

I am only going to discuss the part which is actually crucial or critical once you obtain the Declaration of Heirs which I explain on the other video.

A lot of people have come to me, telling me I got the Declaration of Heirs done when we are going to do a real estate transaction; but, when I look at the Declaration of Heirs it is complete, but they are missing a very important document that it is not issued by the Court of Puerto Rico.  This document is issued by the Puerto Rico Treasury Department, in a Spanish “Department de Hacienda.

When someone passes away and the Declaration of Heirs is done, you have the court resolution stating who the heirs are, you have to go to the “Departmento de Hacienda”, the Puerto Rico Treasury Department, and file (I AM GOING TO DO THIS IN SPANISH)  “Planilla de Caudal Relicto.”

“Planilla” is a return, like a tax return.

“Caudal” means assets and liabilities, again emphasizing that everything, everything goes; the TV; the video; the debt; the mortgage; the house; the cars.

“Relicto” means that it no longer belongs to someone because that persons passed away.

And look at it clearly, the person is not here, the assets are like who is the owner now, that is what the whole declaration of heir process is for.

Now, this document which I am going to call the “State Tax Return” is going to be file, for-after the Declaration of Heirs, but also when there is a will present; so this applies to both processes.

It is a list of assets; it is a document used by the Puerto Rico Treasury Department to determine if estate taxes are own.

Once the Treasury Department determines that estate taxes are not owed or if they are owed that they are collected, then the Treasury Department issues a tax waiver.

I am going to say “estate tax waiver” or a “estate tax release.”

In Spanish “relevo” (“R-E-L-E-V-O”) is better translated as “release.”  OK?  Which is “Relevo de Hacienda” … “Puerto Rico Treasury Department Release.”

This document merely communicates to whosoever looks at it, that any at all taxes owed by the person who passed away or because of the estate, have been paid for.

Without this document, you cannot take money out of the bank, you cannot go to the Property Registry to properly register a property. There is nothing you can do with the assets.

So it is very important that for, the declaration of heirs to be complete, you also need the state tax release or state tax waiver.

If you have any question please send me an email or give me a phone call.

E-MAIL – SLAMPON@LAMPONLAW.COM

PHONE NUMBER – (787) 273-6767

You can also post them (ANY COMMENTS) right here on this page.

Again my name is Santiago Lampón. I am a lawyer and notary in Puerto Rico and I hope you have a great day.

 

 

 

 

Categories: Uncategorized

DECLARATION OF HEIRS IN PUERTO RICO – PART 1 – THE TRANSCRIPT

November 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Hello again!

A while ago I published a video on the subject of Declaration of Heirs. To properly cover the subject, I divided the material in two parts.  Below is Part 1 of the 2 part series.

Thousands of views later, I have prepared a transcript of the video and I am re-publishing it here for your benefit and for the benefit of those searching for information on this subject.  NOTE THAT THERE IS ADDITIONAL MATERIAL at the end of the transcript, covering new information.

Remember to send me an e-mail if you have questions or if you have suggestions for future subjects.

Very truly yours,

Santiago F. Lampón

TRANSCRIPT TO DECLARATION OF HEIRS PART 1 VIDEO

DECLARATION OF HEIRS PROCESS IN PUERTO RICO – PART 1 OF 2

FULL TRANSCRIPT OF VIDEO BY SANTIAGO F. LAMPÓN

Hello, my name is Santiago Lampón. I am lawyer and notary in Puerto Rico and welcome to Puerto Rico Legal Video Blog.

In this episode, I am going to cover the Declaration of Heirs under Puerto Rico Law.

If you compare how we handle the declaration of heirs under Puerto Rico Law, the best comparison would be to the probate process in any state.

Now, in Puerto Rico you need a declaration of heirs when the person who passed away did not create a will valid under Puerto Rico Law.

The declaration of heirs is a petition done by one of the heirs within a court in Puerto Rico. It is filed under oath. It has certain documents required in order to minimize the possibility of fraud or of the exclusion of any heir; and once the full petition and all the annexed documents are reviewed by the court, the judge issues a resolution which clearly states who is the person who passed away, who are the heirs; and this resolution is the one that is used for later processes regarding the estate.

It is important that in this resolution, in the whole petition process, in the whole declaration of heirs petition process, there is no discussion about the assets or the liabilities. Nothing!

That is handled in the next step and eventually when the assets and the liability–they all go together–are going to be disposed of.

This is only step one in the process of declaration of heirs which is obtained in the court approval or the court manifestation of the who the heirs are.

There is another process that I am going to discuss in part 2 of this video.

Well, my name is Santiago Lampón. I am a lawyer and notary in Puerto Rico.

You are invited to ask me any question.

The email will appear on the screen.  SLampon@LamponLaw.com

You can also give me a phone call or you can post your questions on this page. I thank you for watching remember you can recommend this post or this video or the website to your friends and I hope you have a great day.

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

I want to provide you with some additional information on what I originally posted on the video associated with this transcript.

A “resolution” could be compared to a “judgment” issued by a court of law after reviewing the documents provided by the petitioners.  The official name is “resolution” and this is why this is the name I used in the video and in my documents.  Nevertheless, I thought further clarification would be advantageous to you.

Another aspect I want to communicate is the impact of an intervention by a court of law.

Normally, when the word “court” is used, a lot of mix and negative feelings become activated.  With regards to the declaration of heirs process, the fact that a court of law is involved does NOT mean that the process is complicated or lengthy.

The type of process we use is a “petition” which means that the document filed is complete and sufficient for the court to act upon the petition without becoming involved in the processes commonly associated with prolonged and expensive litigation.

I hope this additional information will result valuable to you.  Please let me know if you have any questions on this or any other Puerto Rico legal subject.

My email is SLAMPON@LAMPONLAW.COM

Yours,

Santiago F. Lampón

Categories: Inheritance Law
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