Over the past two day Lilliam and I have spent most of our time away from the house.
The first project was taking care of the last Embassy case who had passed away in Hospital Regional. Family members pulled together enough funds for Lilliam to negotiate an agreement with the hospital. Actually, the hospital was happy. The cashier said many foreigners, that die with no family in Panama, often have bills that never receive payment.
Leaving the hospital, we went to the funeral home and paid all expenses for the cremation process. We got a document to take to the Hospital morgue, stating that I authorized the release of the body to the funeral home.
Once the Hospital payment was accepted, we were able to get the paperwork needed for Tribunal Electoral. We went to Tribunal Electoral this morning and got the Panama Death certificate.
Now with all documents in hand , we were able to go to Hospital this afternoon and give the morgue the paperwork and identify the body, so it could be released to the funeral home for transport to Panama City for cremation. The ashes will be returned on Thursday.
I have sent all documents, needed by the Embassy, to the Embassy so they can send the U.S. death certificates to the family in the U.S.
None of this process is difficult unless you don’t speak Spanish well. Then it is close to a nightmare. Thank goodness for Lilliam.
While Lilliam and I were at Tribunal Electoral, we took the time to register our U.S. marriage in Panama. This was the second project. I guess the day sort of had beginnings and endings in the same day.
This marriage registration project has taken several months. Since we were married last year in Las Vegas, I had to get an Apostilled Marriage Certificate from Nevada. To have any document recognized from one country to another requires an Apostille.
It took some time for me to figure out how to accomplish this, but I finally contacted the Las Vegas wedding chapel and used a person they recommended.
After receiving the DHLed documents, I had to have it translated by a Registered Panama translator.
Today we had to provided multiple copies of Cedulas and Passports along with the Apostilled documents from the U.S. to Tribunal Electoral. We had to fill out a couple Spanish forms requesting the marriage registration and then the entire package will be sent to Panama City for processing. I will get a call when the process is complete and the forms are returned. The lady in Tribunal Electoral was very nice to work with.
The third project is underway, but not complete. Last year, I purchased a car in Panama City and have gone through two registration periods trying to get the car registered in David. Last year we tried and failed and were told to come the first day of the registration month and it would be easier. So far it hasn’t proved that much easier.
We have the tags coming, but registration in David requires another process. Today, I was told by my friend Jorge, in Volcan, that the easiest way to register a Panama City car in David is to go to Recardo Perez (Toyota), pay them $50 and let them handle it. Why hadn’t I talked to Jorge earlier.
Two days, three major tasks done and Lilliam and I are happy they are behind us.