Cancelling a Mortgage (Note) in Puerto Rico

March 25, 2015 1 comment

I regularly deal with transactions involving loans which were paid in full, but the mortgage was not removed from the Property Registry.  In this regards, paying the loan with the bank is a separate action to cancelling the mortgage at the Registry.

Through this video, I explain why this is an important issue and what you need to do to correctly handle the cancellation of the mortgage.


Santiago F. Lampón

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Filing a Deed at the Puerto Rico Property Registry

September 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Finding a Property Tax ID Number in Puerto Rico

August 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Through this video, you will learn the steps you need to take to identify a property tax ID number for a property in Puerto Rico.  The site for this tool is public, and so is the information published therein.  In this regards, do note that the name or other information about the recorded owner of the property is not shared.

There is a follow up video through which I also explain some of the issues which could appear when you locate a property.  Accordingly, I suggest you watch both videos on this subject.

Well, here it is.

Very truly yours,

Santiago F. Lampón

Lawyer and Notary Public
Puerto Rico


Orientation on Room Tax for Rental Properties

March 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Rentals of property for tourism purposes is on the uptrend across Puerto Rico and Vieques in Particular.  The Puerto Rico Tourism Company has as a key objective promoting Puerto Rico as a tourism destination.  In order to achieve this goal, they have as an important goal of helping property owners to successfully promote their rental properties.  For this purpose, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company has been entrusted with collecting what is commonly referred to as the “Room Tax” and directing the funds collected thereto towards promoting Puerto Rico as a tourism destination.

On March 13th, 2014 at the W Retreat and Spa Vieques, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company will be delivering an orientation talk on this subject, including ideas on how to successfully promote rental properties.  The talk is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM.

The number to call for reservations is (787) 474-2525 xt 385.

Very truly yours,

Santiago F. Lampón


Invitación Charla Vieques

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Declaration of Heirs – Time as Your Enemy

September 20, 2013 Leave a comment

As a real estate lawyer, I am regularly presented with a scenario that looks somewhat like this:  “My grandmother passed away many years ago.  She had 6 children, one of which was my father who recently passed away.  Of my 5 uncles,  only one is alive.  Some of my deceased uncles had children.  What do I need to do to claim my inheritance?”  Another question could be:  What do the heirs need to do to sell the property?

The simple answer is:  “You are going to sit tight and wait, because we (the lawyers) have to do a lot of work!”

In example above, there are a total of 6 estates which would need to be worked on.  This will normally take time for many reasons.  First, there are a lot of documents to be gathered.  Second, coordinating with a large amount of heirs is usually (not always) difficult.  If the heirs reside outside of Puerto Rico and are not in tight communication, further complications would be present.  As a final note, money normally becomes an issue since more money would need to be disbursed in a shorter period of time.

Time then is an enemy under such circumstances.  Hence, the contrary is also true:  Time is an ally when heirs act promptly.

The situation I described above is easily avoidable.  Indeed I totally understand that heirs need to care for the family; but all considerations aside, they should act promptly to place all estate matters in order.


Santiago F. Lampón
Lawyer and Notary Public


From the VCHT – A VERY Rare Video on Turtle Nesting in Vieques

July 30, 2013 Leave a comment

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Lionfish Hunters of the Island Vieques, Puerto Rico

July 24, 2013 Leave a comment

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