Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq.

Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq.

JMRS Law Office
  • Family Law, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence ...
  • Puerto Rico
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Jose Rivera is currently admitted to practice of law and litigation in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as admitted to its Federal District Court.

He is fluently bilingual in English and Spanish and possess a broad experience in the general litigation practice.
Those experiences, skills and duties that include, but are not limited to civil procedures, family law, divorce litigation, child custody, criminal law and procedures, administrative procedures, Immigration procedures, probate law, labor law, collections, Wills and testaments, neighbors disputes, TROs, property law, real estate, Evictions, Torts, diverse contracts, property regime and complete aspect of condominium laws, appeals and appellate procedures.

During his early years he has worked assisting different attorneys and Judges from the First Instance Court. This has given him the experience to develop drafting, research. negotiation, defense, litigation and other skills which motivated me to pursue an active litigation career.

Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    DUI & DWI
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Immigration Law
    Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Foreclosure Defense
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Election Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs
    Juvenile Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Consumer Law
    Class Action, Lemon Law
    Animal & Dog Law
    Elder Law
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
    Workers' Compensation
Additional Practice Areas
  • Damages and Torts
  • Defense Litigation
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Civil Actions
  • Inheritance and Estate Law
  • Defense Attorney for any criminal and/or civil action
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
  • WhatsApp
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Open to payment plans and payment arrangements for the client convenience are welcome.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Puerto Rico
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Federal Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
- Current
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico
J.D. (2011) | Law, General Practice
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Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico - Ponce Campus
B.B.A. (2008) | Business Administration, Information systems
Honors: Cum Laude
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Motion of Congratulation and Recognition of Defense of Consumer Affairs
Puerto Rico Senate
National Defense Service Medal
US Army
Army Commendation Achievement Medal
US Army
Army Service Ribbon
US Army
Overseas Service Ribbon
US Army
Good Conduct Medal
US Army
Professional Associations
Puerto Rico Bar
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Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Diego Chapter
- Current
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International Law Association PUCPR
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Environmental Law Organization PUCPR
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Pro Consumer Affairs Association PURPC
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Advanced U.S. Immigration Law
US Immigration Institute
Observer of Civil Rights
Civil Rights Orgnanization, Puerto Rico chapter
US Army
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
71 Questions Answered
Q. I know there is no alimony in PR but does it change if the wife has never worked and has been dependent on the husband?
A: Greetings Although is not normal and there's no alimony in Puerto Rico, there are some extraordinary circumstances when one of the parties can request spousal support, this is temporary and there are several requirements to be able to request them. Remember that spousal support is not the norm, it's an exception to the rule. This will not rule out the possibility of common property division and other responsibilities and rights related to the divorce.
Q. My younger sister was removed from my mothers home. I Only have 1 bedroom in my sm apt. I am employed will they give her
A: Greetings As her legal guardian the state can try to make sure that the minor has her own space and that she-he is provided with everything required for her/his well being taking in consideration the economic means and capability of the legal guardian to be able to take care of the minor.
Q. Hello. My husband has filed for divorce. We have been married for over 10 years but I moved to P.R 3 years ago. Can I
A: Greetings You can request temporary spousal support and some specific situations, even though is not the norm in the Puerto Rico jurisdiction to grant alimony, you can ask for ex conjugal support until you have the means to support or fend for yourself. Note that this can be possible only in special and extraordinary circumstances.
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Contact & Map
JMRS Law Office
115 609 Ave. Tito Castro Suite 102
Ponce, PR 00716
Telephone: (787) 235-7448
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 12 PM - 6 PM
Sunday: Closed
JMRS Law Office
Pablo Maiz st. #11
Bo. Barcelona
Mayaguez , PR 00680
Toll-Free: (787) 235-7448
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 12 PM - 6 PM
Sunday: Closed
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