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Thread: Dominican Inheritance Law

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    Majority in the DR is 18. In case of inheritance, an heir under 18 cannot sell, etc. unless authorized by the surviving parent and what's called a "Consejo de Familia" (Family Council).
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    Default Here is my situation, I need advice.

    My name is Kevin. I'm 21 and my sister 18.

    My father owned 2-3 apartments in Dominican Republic. He also owned 2 homes here in the U.S. My parents divorced early in 1997 and right before his death, he decided to remove his name from all the things he owned here in the US prior to the divorece to avoid 50% of anything to going to my mother. He passed away August of 1997. One of the US houses he put under my cousins name and after his death, she moved in, lived there for about 8 years and then sold the property. I know all this because it so happened to be the house next door to my home. We were not entitled to anything even though everyone in the family including my cousin knew he never "gave" her the house, he was not planning on dying anytime soon and thus she ended up with it.

    The 2 or 3 apartments in DR are currently under the control of my uncle. Since my father's death, his children (my cousins) have been tenants in those apartments. My sister and I have NEVER received any compensation from those apartments.

    I spoke to my uncle 3 years ago, when I turned 18. He agreed to handing in the apartments to my sister and I since we are the rightful owners. However, when I went to visit him to get ownership transfer process started, he said we could not do it because my sister was not 18.

    Now my sister is 18 and I am 21, when we called him he asked that we go with an attorney in order to do things "the right way".

    I am afraid that if he passes away, my sister and I will never be entitled to anything with all the time that has passed since my fathers death. Are we still entitled to those apartments, and if so will it still be possible to claim anything from any of the above information?

    My father owned many homes, was basically the financial fidicuiary/financial loaner for a casino in DR, and my family has managed to conceal everything from my sister and I, and tell us that he left nothing when he died. The only inheritance received was an UCE college ring, and a neckalce charm he used to own.

    I find it unjust, immoral, and I would like to know if I have any hope in recovering anything.

    Thank you,

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    Get a lawyer.
    Fabio J. Guzman
    Guzman Ariza
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    Las Terrenas, Samaná, Bávaro (Punta Cana) and La Romana
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    I have a couple of questions to Dr. Guzman or anyone else concerning Dominican Inheritance Law. When my father past, he left stock bonds in the U.S.A. and a couple of bank accounts in D.R., along with a house. My step-mother, who is also my legal adopted mother, changed the stock bonds from my father's name to hers; cleaned out the 2 bank acounts in D.R.; and is trying to force the sale of the house in D.R.; under D.R. laws I was entitled to half of the stock bonds and the cash in the bank accounts, I did not see a dime. In fact, I just found a letter from the stock company bond instructing that in order to change the stock bonds to her name and forego arbitration, she needed to provide a notarized letter SIGNED by ALL HEIRS, I was never informed. In fact, I found 2 letters between my step-mother and a cousin, stating "not to mention" anything to me regarding the bank accounts. I used to live in the U.S.A. but now live in my father's house in D.R., what legal steps can I take against my step-mother

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    Start the process for the "partition" or division of the inheritance. You'll need an attorney.
    Fabio J. Guzman
    Guzman Ariza
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    Las Terrenas, Samaná, Bávaro (Punta Cana) and La Romana
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    yup, he will need a lawyer a police coronel and a couple of tigueres.

    JJ

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    I guess I need to be the only one on here that points out the obvious:

    EVERY TIME......Government gets involved in the private affairs of the individual and their property.....

    It results in the fine mess that you are reading here on this board.

    Inheritance matters of all types should be left solely to the beneficial owner of said property at the time of death through a proper last will testament.

    End of story.

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    I will be receiving bond dividend checks from an inheritance for the rest of my life, I am wondering how DR law could affect these. USA taxes including income will be already paid on the money when I get it.

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    Does DR have a tax information sharing agreement with the United States? I don't believe so. Is this bond interest received from debt obligations originating in DR?

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    No it is not, it is from business profits in the USA.

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