What are some of the things you need to know while searching for Title in Puerto Rico?
1. Copies: Recorder at the different PR registries do NOT keep actual copies of documents. ProTitleUSA is not able to pull a copy, as there is none available at the recorder's office. There is only a recording information for each document entry, which gets abstracted on the our form in Spanish.
2. Who has copies of documents? In PR, only a notary-attorney (unique position for PR attorney) who originally recorded the document(s) will have the originals and can provide copies to interested parties at an additional fee. The attorney typically charges anywhere from $25.00 to $50.00. In ideal case, a letter of appointment to show the interest in the property is needed to contact the attorney. The summary run sheet that we deliver should have the attorney's name and phone number for a contact. Note: If the attorney forgets to pick up the originals from the recorder, the original documents get destroyed within 90 days.
3. How to get copies? Most Attorney-Notaries speak English, not all. There is a government supported phone number that provides the updated information for any registered attorney in case they moved, etc... The Phone Number (subject to change) is 787-763-8816.
4. Who records documents in PR? Attorney-notary is responsible for recording any document in PR. Recording company should have a local attorney in each of the PR registries for recording purpose. The abstract form provided by ProTitleUSA and the new document should be suffice to record a document. The attorney-notary document verification should be the step before recording the document.
5. Searching the registry: The title search in all registery's in PR can only be conducted by legal description or recording information of the deed. You can not search by name or address....Therefore, when placing the order for title search with ProTitleUSA in PR, be ready to provide legal description for the property of interest.
6. ProTitleUSA has a list of local PR attorney-notaries to cover your needs in all of the registries of PR.
7. Translation Fees: ProTitleUSA is charging for translation ($150.00), because we use PR based paralegals to translate the Title Search Abstract Form into English. Most abstracts can not be translated word-to-word due to legal language used without English equivalent.
8. Document retrieval service (Currently not available): This is a very difficult task, because you would need to find and call each individual attorney to get each document effecting title, which can take weeks. In case of attorney's relocation, death or being absent the task becomes time consuming and burdensome. Stay tuned for any updates on this service launch.
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