Rafael  Pagan-Colon

Rafael Pagan-Colon

Attorney, notary, business consultant, IT professional & public speaker
  • Business Law, Consumer Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Puerto Rico
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Attorney-at-Law, notary, business consultant, information technology professional, executive, and manager with over 15 years’ experience in regulatory contract negotiations, compliance, business administration, business reengineering, project management, managerial consulting, and information technology management. I've issued recommendations that have provided significant economical benefits to for-profit & non-profit organizations. As an experienced public speaker, Rafael has offered seminars and workshops on such topics as powers of attorney, wills, pre-nuptial agreements, project management, risk management, & system development methodologies, among others, throughout Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela, where he also managed information technology & management consulting projects

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation, Business Litigation
    Consumer Law
    Lemon Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Homeowners Association, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Construction Accidents, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death
    Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Foreclosure Defense
    Contested Divorce, Property Division, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Government Contracts
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Animal & Dog Law
    Social Security Disability
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Google Meet
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
  • WebEx
  • WhatsApp
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Puerto Rico
Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico
ID Number: 19512
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Counselor, attorney, notary public
Pagan & Mendoza, Attorneys-at-Law and Notaries
- Current
>> Developed a strategic business plan for a Puerto Rico entrepreneur, including 5-year operational budget. Negotiated exclusive representation from Colombian beauty & hair-care firm, granting client exclusive rights to market & sell products in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, and the United States; Participated in the due diligence audit of a mid-sized cooperative financial institution; revised a portfolio made up of 160 mortgage loans, 21 auto loans, and 19 consumer loans for compliance with United States & Puerto Rico laws and regulations, drafted recommendations based upon the institution’s own lending policy, relevant legislation, and best business practices; Drafted resolution to incorporate profit and non-profit enterprises, defining strategies to procure tax waivers under Federal Tax Code Section 501(c)(3) for a non-profit institution. >> Areas of legal practice: Probate & Family Law, Torts, Contract Negotiations & Administration; Audit & Compliance;
Acting Information Systems Director/Special Aide to the Research & Technology VP
University of Puerto Rico, Central Administration
>> Supervised a staff of 42 people and an operational budget of approximately $6,435,000. Team Lead for coordinating the works of the university-wide IT Directors’ Council made up of 11 Campus Information Systems Office Directors; >> Revised and implemented the University’s system-wide Policy on the Ethical Use of Information Technology, along with corresponding standards and procedures; >> Chaired an executive university-wide committee that negotiated and justified a $2.4 Million contract to renew and improve Internet, Internet 2, and Telephone services for an institution of higher learning; duplicating overall Internet bandwidth capacity from 300 Megabits-per-second to 600 Megabits-per-second.
Production Manager, MIS
Suez Lyonnaise/Ondeo Puerto Rico
>> Negotiated and implemented a $3 Million purchase to upgrade to an IBM z800 Mainframe and Shark storage technology, financing the 5-month project over 3 years, for a monthly lease $35,000 down from the Data Center’s monthly original operational budget of $155,000; >> Reduced monthly operational power expense of a 3,200 square feet mainframe data center by 48%, achieving $35,000 in monthly savings, down from an initial monthly power expense of $155,000; >> Chaired a CEO-sponsored committee, reporting directly to the CEO, as part of a corporate business process re-engineering effort to identify and recommend business improvements to the company’s Executive Committee; >> Served on infrastructure team to implement a $1.1 Million client server platform to support a corporate-wide SAP implementation project.
Deputy Director, Information Systems
Vivendi Environnement / Puerto Rico Water Company
>> Defined a strategic overview for evolving the Information Technology function within the company over the next 10 years. Included budget, policy and organizational changes in the short-, mid- and long-term; >> Administered an $8.5 Million budget to improve communications networks and computing technology to state-of-the-art specifications and implement corporate access to Internet and E-Mail to over 600 people; >> Managed a $4.5 Million budget to lead Year 2000 (Y2K) efforts to successfully implement Mainframe-based Y2K-ready financial and commercial applications. Achieved implementation of the Commercial and Billing application a full month ahead of schedule. All other applications were implemented on time and within budget; >> Redesigned the process by which a public utility corporation acquires and controls consumption of chemical products. Contracted and led efforts to develop a web-based application to run over an Intranet.
Senior Consultant
James Martin & Co., Inc
>> Reduced time required by a Health Management Organization to issue 2,000+ W-2 forms from 2 people-weeks to a single day by re-engineering and streamlining the organization’s processes and available technology; >> For a multi-million dollar Venezuelan oil company, led efforts to establish a preliminary information architecture for the company’s gas division. Model encompassed 70 major business functions and close to 120 data types. The architecture was raised within a two-week time frame, working alongside the Vice Presidents of its five major subdivisions: Planning, Marketing, Transmission and Distribution, Engineering, and Processing. Executive Joint Requirements Planning sessions were the primary technique for collecting information supplemented by analysis of the subdivisions goals, critical success factors, and information needs.
University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras
J.D. (2011) | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
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University of Phoenix
MBA (2007) | Business Administration, Technology Management
Honors: GPA 4.0
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University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras
B.B.A. (1984) | Business Administration, Computer Information Systems
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Professional Associations
La Rama Judicial de Puerto Rico  # 18691
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Pro Bono, Inc.  # 19512
- Current
Activities: Provide free legal services to low income individuals, through the Puerto Rico Bar College's affiliation with Pro Bono, Inc.
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Puerto Rico Notary College  # 4551
- Current
Activities: Through the College's "Notaries for Puerto Rico" program, provide free notary services to low income persons.
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Puerto Rico Bar College (Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico)  # 19512
- Current
Activities: Member of the College's Veteran's Affairs Commission since 2013. The Commission provides counseling to veterans of the United States Armed Forces and has worked towards refining and/or proposing legislation that improves quality of life for veterans living on the island.
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Articles & Publications
Quis Custodiat Custodium? Corporate Oversight Through Derivative Action
2 No. 1 U. Puerto Rico Bus. L.J. 35 (2011)
Speaking Engagements
Powers of attorney & Wills: Legal Manifestations of the will, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Torrimar Methodist Church
Marital Pre-Nups: From Inmutability to Relative Flexibility, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Powers of Attorney: Legal Empowerment of People, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Torrimar Methodist Church
Ethical Use of Technology, San Juan, Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico, Central Administration
Project Administration & Control, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Inter American University
Information Engineering Workshop, Ciudad Mexico, Estados Unidos de Mexico
Business Area Analysis Workshop, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
Information Strategy Planning Workshop, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Centro Profesional de Informatica
Techniques for Building Strategic Business Systems, Caribe Com 90, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Certified Data Professional
American Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals
Legal Answers
169 Questions Answered
Q. My grandparents passed away over 20 ago and in their will they stated that the home would belong to one of my uncles
A: You need to verify the real estate property's status in the Puerto Rico Property Registry: were your grandparents' wills filed to transfer ownership to their children (your father, aunts, and uncles)? Assuming that the transfer was completed, an adjudication deed would've need to be subscribed by all the heirs to leave the house to one of them. If any of the heirs have since been deceased, either wills or declarations of heirs will need to be procured from the courts to update the list of heirs entitled to the property before it can be sold.
Q. Pension alimentaria a joven de 18 que no estudia.
A: En Puerto Rico, todo joven menor de 21 años se considera menor de edad; y, por lo tanto, acreedor a pensión alimentaria. Si la pensión es a través de ASUME o fue establecida por orden del tribunal, aún si llega a los 21 años, la suspensión de la pensión no es automática; y requiere que acuda al tribunal para que sea suspendida.
Q. My dad wants to donated his house to me and my 2 sibling are in agreement. Do I have to pay any kind of taxes?
A: Any real estate property located in Puerto Rico that does not constitute your primary residence is subject to property taxes. If the property currently belongs to your father and is his primary residence, he may have requested a tax exemption from the Municipal Income Collections Center ("CRIM", by its Spanish acronym) which will allow him to legitimately avoid paying taxes, so long as the real estate property is $150,000 or less. If he donates to his children, he can retain the right to use and habitation of the real estate property for the rest of his life, in which case, he can still enjoy the exemption.

Nevertheless, should he move, or, upon his demise, the property remains vacant or is occupied by anyone who is not a direct descendant of your father, the property loses its tax exemption and begins to accrue taxes. ... Read More
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Contact & Map
Pagán & Mendoza, Attorneys at Law & Notaries
1607 Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite 113
Cobian's Plaza
San Juan, PR 00909
Telephone: (787) 790-2515
Cell: (787) 344-1139
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Pagán & Mendoza, Attorneys at Law & Notaries
P. O. Box 367869
San Juan, PR 00936
Telephone: (787) 790-2515
Cell: (787) 344-1139
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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