The Law Offices of Zorrilla & Silvestrini, PA is a national law firm that provides a wide range of legal services in Puerto Rico and in Florida. Founded in 2008, we offer our clients the level of responsiveness and professionalism they expect from a U.S. based law firm, in Puerto Rico. With more than 20 years of combined experience in Puerto Rico we understand the complexities of both legal systems, the U.S. and the Puerto Rican.
We represent individuals, professionals and companies who are based outside of Puerto Rico with their legal needs on the island.
At our core we are a virtual law firm that leverages technology to utilize and retain the best talent anywhere, no matter where they live, in order to maximize results for our clients. With attorneys in Puerto Rico, Florida and Massachusetts we offer effective and creative solutions to your Puerto Rico legal needs.RELOCATION FROM PUERTO RICO AFTER HURRICANE MARIA
The Law Offices of Zorrilla & Silvestrini, PA are committed deeply to helping those that were affected by the passing of Hurricane Maria on September 20th, 2017. Our office have donated to different organizations and we have been taken part in community outreach to address the needs of those that are displaced, specially those who have taken refuge in Florida. There is a lot of uncertainty on the island, specially this emergency is affecting children. Many parents are looking for ways to bring their children to the continental U.S. There are ways to achieve this but there are certain pitfalls and complicating factors that affect the relocation of children post Hurricane Maria.
Please visit our Puerto Rico Relocation Page for more information about new developments after Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rico & Florida Lawyers
Our clients come from across the United States, for example a person living in Chicago, Illinois, or in New York, has a case in Puerto Rico, they have jobs and families where they live. They can't hop on a plane and go personally to all the government offices that are required to handle a probate or inheritance case. They can't go personally to court to file papers. They don't know the system. That is why so many choose us, they feel better having a U.S. based law firm representing them in Puerto Rico. Many of our clients also have cases in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Florida. The percentage of attorneys that have multiple licenses to practice law is very small, even more so for attorneys licensed in the U.S. and a Spain based civil code jurisdiction such as Puerto Rico. So it would become very expensive to hire two firms to handle their case. But with our firm, we have attorneys that are licensed in those states, so we can be their attorneys in both places. Hiring us, makes their lives easier, our firm represents them from beginning to end, limiting as much as possible their need to travel to the island. Our clients appreciate our aggressive and professional service while lowering the uncertainty and the costs involved in hiring two firms for the same case or hire the wrong firm in Puerto Rico.
Our Puerto Rico lawyers have been helping people from across the United States with their complex interstate or multijurisdictional legal needs since 2006. We deal with the court system and governmental agencies on an everyday basis. So our Puerto Rico lawyers are in a better position to help you resolve your legal issues, especially in these uncertain times. Given the economic crisis that is gripping Puerto Rico and the impending control board under PROMESA that will oversee the island's finances, there is a lot of uncertainty. This crisis has affected the whole island including the governmental agencies such as "el Registro Demografico" and Registro de la Propiedad, as well as the Puerto Rico court system. It is more important than ever to hire the right person with the right knowledge base to help you with your Puerto Rico legal needs.
A very important part of our practice is protecting, our continental U.S. clients from the complex and often confusing probate process in Puerto Rico. Some of the laws in Puerto Rico are very similar to the U.S., others are quite different. Probate administration and estate planning are very different than you would find in the continental U.S.. Puerto Rico has forced heirs provision that automatically leaves the inheritance to children and in many cases it won't allow for assets to pass outside of the probate system directly to other people or entities such as family trusts or family owned LLCs. Many of our clients, who are relocating to Florida from Puerto Rico, have received our help in doing some form of Estate Planning, Probate Administration, Divorce or child custody or timesharing matters, making sure that what is done is properly registered and effective in Puerto Rico.Family Law
Our Puerto Rico lawyers handle from the most complex divorce and child custody matters to simple dissolution of marriage proceedings. In Puerto Rico or in Florida we assist our clients with their Family law needs, such as divorce, division of property, child custody, timesharing, modifications, child support and marital settlement agreements. We also assist clients in registering and enforcing their out of state divorce decrees and judgments or child custody determination in Puerto Rico, through what is known as "Exequatur" or domestication proceedings on the island. Our team is fully equipped to handle the most complex family law cases in Puerto Rico and Florida, including cases dealing with media intensive cases, television, radio, print and other media outlets as well as incorporating the use of forensic accounting tools and personnel to protect and/or identify marital assets.
Our law firm has been involved in high profile cases involving music, sports and entertainment personalities as well as business leaders that involve a higher level of scrutiny and demand the highest level of aggressiveness, efficiency and professionalism. From simple to complex, our firm is strategically positioned to help our clients achieve their goals.Florida
For the state of Florida, we provide legal representation to our clients in the areas of Family Law, divorce and child custody matters as well as child support cases.
We also represent clients in Business Law, such as in contracts, lease agreements, entity formation or incorporation, licensing, franchising, and intellectual property as well as commercial litigation.
From our main offices in Weston, Florida, we serve the entire state. We are available to help clients in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Weston and Coral Springs, Broward County and West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, in Palm Beach County. We also serve Naples, Collier County, Fort Myers in Lee County and Tampa, Hillsborough County and Orlando, Orange County. In northern Florida, we serve all the way up to Jacksonville, in Duval County.Puerto Rico According to the latest numbers, there are more Puerto Ricans living outside of Puerto Rico than on the island; therefore, more people statewide will need legal representation on the island. That is why we focus primarily on serving clients nation wide with their Puerto Rico legal needs. We offer our clients exceptional legal services, professionalism and cost-effective solutions in Puerto Rico at the level they expect of a U.S. based law firm. We take all the uncertainty out of searching for an attorney on the island. We strive to make the process in Puerto Rico as smooth and stress-free as possible. Puerto Rico's legal system is different to most jurisdictions in the United States because it is based on Spanish civil law. Its procedures tend to be more complicated and less straightforward to many who are unfamiliar with the system. Many times things must be done in person rather than online. In addition, courts and agencies use primarily Spanish, which complicate matters greatly for the non-Spanish speaker. Our attorneys have many years of experience working with the system and will provide you with the help you need. We work for you so you don't have to worry about flying to Puerto Rico to request a document in person. We take care of that for you. You might need help relocating and setting up residence in Puerto Rico or relocating out of Puerto Rico to settle in Florida, New York, Boston, Chicago. Or you might need help changing your name, birth certificate at the Registro Demografico or Demographic Registry, resolving issues with property or real estate, or probating an inheritance in Puerto Rico. What ever your legal needs are the Puerto Rico Lawyers at the Law Offices of Zorrilla & Silvestrini, PA can help you. Cost Efficiency and Communication
Our services help you minimize costs in your case. For example, if you live in Chicago, Illinois, or San Jose, California, for example, and you need an attorney in Puerto Rico, it could be quite costly for you to travel to Puerto Rico to find one. Once you do, you might not be able to communicate well with them because of the language. Maybe, you are used to working with your professionals in a certain manner and you find they work differently in Puerto Rico. You need a lawyer that understands your needs here on the mainland and can translate them to the Puerto Rican legal system. That is where we come in. We are a team of multilingual and multicultural attorneys who understand both litigation in Puerto Rico and your needs here in the continental United States.
Being based out of Florida, our operating costs are much lower than in other states. Serving your legal needs could be a lot more cost effective for you, compared to hiring an attorney locally in other states, even when you figure in our travel costs to represent you. If you compare the cost of hiring an attorney in Massachusetts vs. one in Florida, you could see a very substantial difference in cost. We keep your legal expenses at the lower possible level.
In addition, it is important to note that if you are dealing with multiple jurisdictions, you might need to hire multiple attorneys to help you with your case. For example, if you have a case that involves an issue in Boston, Massachusetts, and another in West Palm Beach, Florida, you would have to hire a Boston lawyer and a West Palm Beach lawyer to help you with both aspects of your case. Two attorneys reviewing the same documentations, preparing the same strategy, speaking with the same witnesses, etc., double the cost. With our firm, you would only hire one attorney. Attorney Angel J. Silvestrini is licensed in Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Puerto Rico, so by hiring us you could save a substantial amount on attorneys fees, which can make all the difference in winning and losing a case.Caring, Compassionate, and Accessible
At the Law Offices of Zorrilla & Silvestrini PA, we pride ourselves in being professional, responsive, caring and accessible to our clients. He have found that it is very important that the attorneys you choose speak your language. We accommodate to your language preferences because we know it is not the same thing to communicate with your lawyer in a language that is not yours. The message can be lost in translation. Our attorneys speak English and Spanish fluently and will be able to guide you in the process in either language, understanding your wishes more fully. We do not use interpreters to speak with you in Spanish like other attorneys do. We are native- Spanish speakers and for our clients that is very important. It makes them feel connected with us and that they are part of the team. That is something we strive for, especially when dealing with complex legal issues.
Another quality that makes us different from other attorneys is accessibility. We are accessible to our clients and they can reach us in many ways. You should always have access to your attorney when you need him or her. Our attorneys are readily available when you need them, be it on the phone, or via text, email, Skype or Facetime videoconferencing. Our policy is that we will get back to you within 24 hours, unless it is an emergency for which we are available 24 hours a day.
We also pride ourselves in giving a voice to our clients during the legal process. Our clients feel we bring their side to the forefront and that we defend them aggressively always, but keeping their point of view on center. No matter if it is an issue with a business dispute, trouble with an inheritance or a divorce, you need to have someone on your side to lean on and defend you assertively. Our legal team is dedicated to being there for you and at the same time finding ways to maximize your results. That way you and your family can focus on moving on with your lives. We hope you choose us. We know you won't be disappointed.