Bill Victoria R.
Lawyer - Partner
Bill Victoria is currently a partner in Viva Legal Services and specializes in the incorporation of Corporations, Private Interest Foundations, Real Estate, Visas, Work Permits and Litigation in general, among others.
Before joining Viva Legal Services, Mr. Victoria served as a lawyer in the public and private sector, advising local and multinational companies, and working also as an associate lawyer in a recognized local firm where he had the opportunity to handle legal issues within the areas of Civil and Criminal litigation, Corporate Law and Labor Law among other important aspects.
Mr. Victoria graduated in Law and Political Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí (2004). He then studied Specialization in Labor Law at the Autonomous University of Chiriquí and Specialization in Business Administration at the Universidad Latina de Panamá, both in 2017.
Mr. Victoria is admitted to practice law in the Republic of Panama since November 2004.
Languages: Spanish, English.
Velkis V. Valdés de Victoria
Lawyer - Partner
Velkis Valdés specializes in consultancy in Corporate and Commercial Law, Taxes, Agrarian Law, Family, Visas, Work Permits, among others.
Frequently she provide assistance to clients in tax matters and in his experience, she has provided personalized advice, searching for the best alternatives within the Tax Legislation, in order to optimize the tax burden and reduce the tax risk for the client.
Before she joined Viva Legal Services, Ms. Valdés worked in the Public sector, addressing issues of Land, Immigration and Registry Law, which allowed her to gain valuable experience and a broad vision of these areas of Law.
Ms. Valdés obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Law and Political Science from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the Universidad Autonoma of Chiriqui (2004). Then, she studied Specialization in Conciliation and Mediation at ULACIT (2006).
In addition, she obtained her Masters in Procedural Law and Administration of Justice at the Universidad Autonoma de Chiriqui in (2015). Ms. Valdés is authorized to practice law in the Republic of Panama since November 2004.
National Bar Association
National Women Bar Association
Our client list includes real estate brokers, domestic and foreign investors, individuals and companies with projects and investments in energy, manufacturing, construction, insurance, food and agricultural production.
"My wife and I purchased land in Panama in 2014 with the intent to build a vacation home for my family. In order to insure our endeavor was successful, we hired Viva Legal Services. They were instrumental in our land purchase registry and titling; establishing a Panama corporation for the property; acquiring our Panamanian permanent resident visas; and completing all of the required documentation for the 20 year property tax exemption.
I highly recommend Viva Legal Services for all of your legal needs."
Thomas J. Dwyer
Parallax Capital Management, Inc. LLC
I have spent over 30 in the investment advisory business and 18 of those years as president of Parallax Capital Management, Inc. For clients seeking legal counsel in Panama, Mr. Victoria possesses the precise attributes I seek. Bill and his team are professional, honest, precise, forward-thinking, culturally responsive and multi-lingual. His strength is in managing complex real estate transactions, residency issues, will testimonials and certification, and general counsel for Panamanian law. If you appreciate professionalism while attempting the resolution of complex Panamanian legal issues in English or Spanish, you will be pleased when you meet Bill Victoria and his staff at Viva Legal Services.
Jodi F. Mays
“I had the pleasure of meeting Bill and Velkis 4 years ago. They were referred to me as I needed legal representation to assist me with the purchase of my property in the Chiriqui province. Bill’s knowledge of the English language, including English ‘legalese’ in spoken and written form is a huge asset for his clients. When you are in a new country, it surely is a benefit when you can discuss all your concerns and questions in your mother tongue. Bill has a very ‘calm, cool and collected’ nature, which is helpful in stressful situations.
Velkis and Bill have different areas of expertise. Velkis helped me with my Panamanian resident visa, she accompanied me to Panama City to get my resident visa and we were in and out of the immigration office very quickly. She also helps me with the annual requirements pertaining to the taxes of my Panama Corporation. They both return calls, texts and emails in a timely fashion. Their office is also completing the Titling for my property
I am very grateful for the assistance provided by Viva Legal Services during my time in Panama”