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Jose Emmanuel Santiago

Jose Emmanuel Santiago

  • Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law ...
  • Puerto Rico
Claimed Lawyer Profile

José E. Santiago is an attorney whose legal practice concentrates on Family Law (Divorce, Custody or Visitation Rights), Probate (Declaration of Heirs) and Inheritances. Attorney Santiago also has ample experience on Jurisdictional issues arising between States.

In 2018 he wrote and offers regularly a legal education course on Interstate Conflicts in Custody Cases between States. The course has been offered at the Annual Convention of the Puerto Rican Bar Association since then, also been a regular course offered by that institution.

José has been assisting his clients since 2013 with jurisdictional issues regarding the interstate removal of children, Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act claims, validating and executing custody or divorce decrees from any State of the United States, and managing jurisdictional issues when more than one State claims jurisdiction. He also manages an ample clientele regarding inheritances issues such as declaration of heirs or inheritance division via the courts.

On March 14, 2023 Attorney Santiago won a Supreme Court Case cementing the Full Faith and Credit Doctrine when dealing with a Custody Decree from another State. For more details see attached link:

Practice Areas
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Estate Planning
Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements
Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Additional Practice Area
  • Declaration of Heirs
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Puerto Rico
Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
- Current
University of Puerto Rico Law School
J.D. (2012) | Law
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Good Rating
5.0/5.0 Client Reviewed
Professional Associations
Puerto Rican Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
Jurisdicción Interestatal en Casos de Familia
Convención Colegio de Abogados
Basic Guidelines for Interstate Custody Jurisdiction in Puerto Rico
Avvo Legal Guide
Speaking Engagements
Interstate Family Law: Custody and Divorce, Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico
Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico
Interstate Jurisdiction In Family Law Cases, UMET Bayamon
Interstate Jurisdiction: Custody, Hotel Caribe Hilton
Custody, Removal of Children, and Interstate Jurisdiction, Intercontenintal Hotel
Contact & Map
623 Ave. Ponce de León
Suite 506-B
San Juan, PR 00917
Toll-Free: (787) 220-5485
Monday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed