Prenuptial Agreement and Puerto Rico Laws

Dear cjmil5:

Greetings. Sorry. I have no idea since we only know the laws in North Carolina. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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My father died witout a will. I am the court appointed (Florida) legal representative for my his Estate. He and his second wife had a legal prenuptial agreement drafted in the State of Michigan which denied her any rights or claims to the assetts of his Estate. I am preparing to sell property that he owned in Puerto Rico. I am told sale of the property is subject to their laws and that since he died without a will his second wife is entitled to her share of the proceeds from the sale of the land. The attorney in Puerto Rico tells me that the prenuptial agreement means nothing because he died without a will. I have successfully sold and liquidated numerous other assetts in the States and the prenuptial agreement has been upheld each time. Does anyone know if the prenup agreement is invalid in P.R. because it was not drafted, signed and/or filed there? Is it legally correct that it can be ignored in P.R. because he died without a will? I would appreciate any help. I have been given two differing opinions by attorneys I have hired in Puerto Rico.