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Robert A. Velez-Montes

Robert A. Velez-Montes

Attorney at Law
  • Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability, Personal Injury ...
  • Puerto Rico
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Biography

Robert A. Vélez-Montes obtained a BA in Political Science, Cum Laude, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, graduating first among the political science major graduates. He also graduated top 10% of his law school class, Magna Cum Laude, and was the recipient of the Francisco Parra Toro Award for having the highest grade in Civil Law courses. Robert passed the March 2013 bar exam, on his first attempt, with a 99.2 percentile, ranked 5th out of 529. In Law School, he excelled in all research and writing courses and was also a member of the Law Review. Additionally, Robert has experience working for the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. As a law student, he clerked for Associate Justice, the Hon. Roberto Feliberti Cintrón as part of his clinical externship. In addition, during his last semester in Law School, he worked as a Student Attorney in the Legal Aid Clinic. In this time he managed cases in different stages, drafted and filed motions to court, met with clients and opposed counsel, among others.

Practice Areas
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Social Security Disability
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent Fees on Personal Injury cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Puerto Rico
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District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Velez Montes Law Office
- Current
•Civil and Commercial Litigation •Damages & Medical Malpractice •Labor Law Claims •Trademarks •Notary Public •Social Security Disability Claims
Associate Litigation Attorney
Puerto Rico Legal Advocates, PSC
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Litigation of Civil and Commercial cases including, among others: • Torts and Personal Injury Litigation • Medical Malpractice Defense • Health Law & Medical Regulations Compliance • Insurance Law Coverage Claims • Eminent Domain • Contract Drafting/ Breach of Contract Claims Defense • Labor Law Claims Defense Appellate Practice • Handled and presented the appeal of Superior Court and administrative agencies judgements to the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals. In depth legal research, analysis and writing using, among others: • Puerto Rico statutes, regulations, case law, and secondary sources; • Federal statutes, regulations, case law, and secondary sources • U.S. States statutes, regulations, case law, and secondary sources • Spanish Jurisprudence and Civil Law doctrine (treatises)
Student Law Clerk
Supreme Court of Puerto Rico
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Chambers of Associate Justice Roberto Feliberti-Cintrón
Education
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico
J.D.
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Top 10% of class (Ranked 9/91), Highest Grade in Civil Law Award.
Activities: Law Review
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Awards
Civil Law Outstanding Student
Puerto Rico Bar Association
Professional Associations
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
- Current
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Puerto Rico Bar Association  # 19673
- Current
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American Bar Association
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Activities: Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
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Speaking Engagements
"Panel de Ex-Alumnos Distinguidos en la Revalida"
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law
Certifications
Notary Public
Puerto Rico Supreme Court
Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered
Q. How long after filing for bankruptcy will the creditors stop calling me?
A: As soon the creditors got the notice of the filing, they will stop. If a creditor calls you should just tell them you filed for BK and give the case number.
Q. Property Registry, Inheritance and Reverse Mortgage
A: Most likely a "Declaration of Heirship (Declaratoria de herederos)" , and a form to the Treasury Department needs to be filled in order to register the house in the Property Registry to the heirs. Also your husband can donate his participation in the heirship to his mother. All that needs to be done before doing any transaction with the house (selling, mortgage, etc).
Q. Can a notary in Puerto Rico write up a will or does it have to be done by an attorney?
A: In Puerto Rico we have Civil Law notary system. All notaries in PR must be attorneys first. An attorney that does not have a notary license can not make a will. Also a will in PR have very strict and specific formalities necessary to be valid (for example we have "forced heirship") not existent in the States (with exception, to some extend, Louisiana, who also has a Civil Law system).
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Contact & Map
Guayama Office
Calle Hostos #5 Sur
Guayama, PR 00784
Telephone: (787) 866-5656
Fax: (866) 336-6005
Jardines del Caribe
Ponce, PR 00728
Telephone: (787) 866-5656
Fax: (866) 336-6005
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