Rafael  Pagan-Colon

Rafael Pagan-Colon

Attorney, notary, business consultant, IT professional & public speaker
  • Business Law, Consumer Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Puerto Rico
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Attorney-at-Law, notary, business consultant, information technology professional, executive, and manager with over 15 years’ experience in regulatory contract negotiations, compliance, business administration, business reengineering, project management, managerial consulting, and information technology management. I've issued recommendations that have provided significant economical benefits to for-profit & non-profit organizations. As an experienced public speaker, Rafael has offered seminars and workshops on such topics as powers of attorney, wills, pre-nuptial agreements, project management, risk management, & system development methodologies, among others, throughout Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela, where he also managed information technology & management consulting projects

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation, Business Litigation
    Consumer Law
    Lemon Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Homeowners Association, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Construction Accidents, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death
    Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Foreclosure Defense
    Contested Divorce, Property Division, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Government Contracts
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Animal & Dog Law
    Social Security Disability
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Puerto Rico
Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico
ID Number: 19512
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Counselor, attorney, notary public
Pagan & Mendoza, Attorneys-at-Law and Notaries
- Current
>> Developed a strategic business plan for a Puerto Rico entrepreneur, including 5-year operational budget. Negotiated exclusive representation from Colombian beauty & hair-care firm, granting client exclusive rights to market & sell products in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, and the United States; Participated in the due diligence audit of a mid-sized cooperative financial institution; revised a portfolio made up of 160 mortgage loans, 21 auto loans, and 19 consumer loans for compliance with United States & Puerto Rico laws and regulations, drafted recommendations based upon the institution’s own lending policy, relevant legislation, and best business practices; Drafted resolution to incorporate profit and non-profit enterprises, defining strategies to procure tax waivers under Federal Tax Code Section 501(c)(3) for a non-profit institution. >> Areas of legal practice: Probate & Family Law, Torts, Contract Negotiations & Administration; Audit & Compliance;
Acting Information Systems Director/Special Aide to the Research & Technology VP
University of Puerto Rico, Central Administration
>> Supervised a staff of 42 people and an operational budget of approximately $6,435,000. Team Lead for coordinating the works of the university-wide IT Directors’ Council made up of 11 Campus Information Systems Office Directors; >> Revised and implemented the University’s system-wide Policy on the Ethical Use of Information Technology, along with corresponding standards and procedures; >> Chaired an executive university-wide committee that negotiated and justified a $2.4 Million contract to renew and improve Internet, Internet 2, and Telephone services for an institution of higher learning; duplicating overall Internet bandwidth capacity from 300 Megabits-per-second to 600 Megabits-per-second.
Production Manager, MIS
Suez Lyonnaise/Ondeo Puerto Rico
>> Negotiated and implemented a $3 Million purchase to upgrade to an IBM z800 Mainframe and Shark storage technology, financing the 5-month project over 3 years, for a monthly lease $35,000 down from the Data Center’s monthly original operational budget of $155,000; >> Reduced monthly operational power expense of a 3,200 square feet mainframe data center by 48%, achieving $35,000 in monthly savings, down from an initial monthly power expense of $155,000; >> Chaired a CEO-sponsored committee, reporting directly to the CEO, as part of a corporate business process re-engineering effort to identify and recommend business improvements to the company’s Executive Committee; >> Served on infrastructure team to implement a $1.1 Million client server platform to support a corporate-wide SAP implementation project.
Deputy Director, Information Systems
Vivendi Environnement / Puerto Rico Water Company
>> Defined a strategic overview for evolving the Information Technology function within the company over the next 10 years. Included budget, policy and organizational changes in the short-, mid- and long-term; >> Administered an $8.5 Million budget to improve communications networks and computing technology to state-of-the-art specifications and implement corporate access to Internet and E-Mail to over 600 people; >> Managed a $4.5 Million budget to lead Year 2000 (Y2K) efforts to successfully implement Mainframe-based Y2K-ready financial and commercial applications. Achieved implementation of the Commercial and Billing application a full month ahead of schedule. All other applications were implemented on time and within budget; >> Redesigned the process by which a public utility corporation acquires and controls consumption of chemical products. Contracted and led efforts to develop a web-based application to run over an Intranet.
Senior Consultant
James Martin & Co., Inc
>> Reduced time required by a Health Management Organization to issue 2,000+ W-2 forms from 2 people-weeks to a single day by re-engineering and streamlining the organization’s processes and available technology; >> For a multi-million dollar Venezuelan oil company, led efforts to establish a preliminary information architecture for the company’s gas division. Model encompassed 70 major business functions and close to 120 data types. The architecture was raised within a two-week time frame, working alongside the Vice Presidents of its five major subdivisions: Planning, Marketing, Transmission and Distribution, Engineering, and Processing. Executive Joint Requirements Planning sessions were the primary technique for collecting information supplemented by analysis of the subdivisions goals, critical success factors, and information needs.
University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras
J.D. (2011) | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
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University of Phoenix
MBA (2007) | Business Administration, Technology Management
Honors: GPA 4.0
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University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras
B.B.A. (1984) | Business Administration, Computer Information Systems
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Professional Associations
La Rama Judicial de Puerto Rico  # 18691
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Pro Bono, Inc.  # 19512
- Current
Activities: Provide free legal services to low income individuals, through the Puerto Rico Bar College's affiliation with Pro Bono, Inc.
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Puerto Rico Notary College  # 4551
- Current
Activities: Through the College's "Notaries for Puerto Rico" program, provide free notary services to low income persons.
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Puerto Rico Bar College (Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico)  # 19512
- Current
Activities: Member of the College's Veteran's Affairs Commission since 2013. The Commission provides counseling to veterans of the United States Armed Forces and has worked towards refining and/or proposing legislation that improves quality of life for veterans living on the island.
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Articles & Publications
Quis Custodiat Custodium? Corporate Oversight Through Derivative Action
2 No. 1 U. Puerto Rico Bus. L.J. 35 (2011)
Speaking Engagements
Powers of attorney & Wills: Legal Manifestations of the will, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Torrimar Methodist Church
Marital Pre-Nups: From Inmutability to Relative Flexibility, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Powers of Attorney: Legal Empowerment of People, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Torrimar Methodist Church
Ethical Use of Technology, San Juan, Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico, Central Administration
Project Administration & Control, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Inter American University
Information Engineering Workshop, Ciudad Mexico, Estados Unidos de Mexico
Business Area Analysis Workshop, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
Information Strategy Planning Workshop, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Centro Profesional de Informatica
Techniques for Building Strategic Business Systems, Caribe Com 90, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Certified Data Professional
American Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals
Legal Answers
180 Questions Answered
Q. How can I find land abandoned by my grandmother ?
A: You should start with the names of your great grandfather, the architect, your grandfather, and your grandmother, in two fronts: through the CRIM's digital cadaster, searching by their names. If you find the cadaster #, then proceed to the Property Registry. An agent ("gestor", in Spanish) can search the Registry volumes with this information to identify the land's plot ("finca") number. Having a copy of a deed or an old registry certification helps, as well as the land's physical address. The more information that you can procure increases the odds of identifying the real estate.
Q. My living foster mom in PR wants to leave her house to me, she does have one living son but he has no interest in it.
A: Your step-mom can donate the house to you by way of a deed. However, although you express that her one living son has no interest, in the event of your step-mom's passing, the value of all donations made during the final 10 years of her life will be brought back to her estate, and you may find yourself having to pay your step-brother. Your step-mom can also leave a will in Puerto Rico, whereby she bequeaths you with the free disposition half of her estate, to cover the value of the donated house.
Q. Parents dead, no will. Grandson lived in house until death Dec 2023. 4 chidren 2 dead. Where do we go 4 help on this
A: In the absence of a will, the alternative is to go before the Court of First Instance of Bayamon to petition a declaration of heirs for each dead parent. In the case of the 2 dead children, their offsprings would inherit in their deceased parent's stead. After obtaining the declaration of heirs, estate tax returns must be filed with the PR Treasury Department (Hacienda) for each of your deceased parents' estate. After receiving the tax waivers, the inheritance rights are filed with the Puerto Rico Registry Department. At that point, the Bayamon house belongs to all of the heirs.

Assuming that all of the heirs are of legal age and in full possession of their sound minds, you can agree to distribute the estate or you can buy out the other heirs. If any of the heirs are minors or incapacitated, you'd need to return to court for judicial authorization. If all of the heirs cannot reach an agreement on how to divvy up the estate or if any heirs are nowhere to be found, you'd need to go to court in an estate community liquidation lawsuit. ... Read More
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Pagán & Mendoza, Attorneys at Law & Notaries
1607 Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite 113
Cobian's Plaza
San Juan, PR 00909
Telephone: (787) 790-2515
Cell: (787) 344-1139
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Pagán & Mendoza, Attorneys at Law & Notaries
P. O. Box 367869
San Juan, PR 00936
Telephone: (787) 790-2515
Cell: (787) 344-1139
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed