Do you sometimes find yourself asking, “Do I need a lawyer for this?” There are a number of remedies available to you, wherein you may not need a lawyer to represent you in the beginning or throughout the proceedings, or you might even be prohibited from having a lawyer present. In TV advertisements of non-prescription…

After a family member (the “Decedent,” for brevity) passes away, one of the common questions among the surviving family members is how to deal with the properties that the Decedent left behind. There may be real and personal properties registered under the name of the Decedent. Money deposited in the bank, stock certificates, club shares,…

In the case of Tan-Andal vs. Andal, G.R. No. 196359, 11 May 2021, the Supreme Court (SC) En Banc modified the interpretation of the requirements of psychological incapacity as a ground for the declaration of nullity of marriage. According to the SC, psychological incapacity is not a medical but a legal concept. It is a…

October 4, 2019 REVENUE MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 103-2019 – Prescribes the revised Estate Tax Amnesty Return, Certificate of Availment and clarification on the allowable deductions from the gross estate for Non-Resident Aliens pursuant to the provisions of Estate Tax Amnesty under Title II of RA No. 11213 (Tax Amnesty Act), as implemented by RR No….

May 30, 2019 REVENUE REGULATIONS NO. 6-2019 – Implements the provisions of Estate Tax Amnesty pursuant to Republic Act No. 11213 (Tax Amnesty Act) The Estate Tax Amnesty shall cover the estate of decedent/s who died on or before December 31, 2017, with or without assessments duly issued, therefore, whose Estate Tax/es have remained unpaid…

Learn more about legal separation, its legal grounds, effects, requirements, procedure, and cost considerations. A. Legal Separation, Generally Legal separation is a legal remedy for couples suffering from a problematic marriage. In legal separation, the couple is allowed to live apart and separately own assets. However, legally separated couples are not permitted to remarry, since…

February 22, 2019 REPUBLIC ACT NO. 11231 AN ACT REMOVING THE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED ON THE REGISTRATION, ACQUISITION, ENCUMBRANCE, ALIENATION, TRANSFER AND CONVEYANCE OF LAND COVERED BY FREE PATENTS UNDER SECTIONS 118, 119 AND 121 OF COMMONWEALTH ACT NO. 141, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE PUBLIC LAND ACT,” AS AMENDED SECTION 1. This Act shall be known as the “Agricultural Free…

A. Who May Apply The following persons may file an application for registration of title to land, whether personally or through their duly authorized representatives: (1) Those who by themselves or through their predecessors-in-interest have been in open, continuous, exclusive and notorious possession and occupation of alienable and disposable lands of the public domain under a bona…

1. Work / Employment Requirements A foreigner who comes to the Philippines to work must obtain a work visa from the relevant government agency, primarily, the Bureau of Immigration (BI), as well as an alien employment permit (AEP) from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The visa and AEP applications must be filed by…

Below are the contracts that must appear in public or private documents for the purpose of making them EFFECTIVE AGAINST THIRD PERSONS but not for the purpose of validity of the contract: 1. Sales contracts Sale of real property or of an interest therein must appear in a public instrument. (Arts. 1358 and 1403, No….

As a general rule, laws shall have only a prospective effect and must not be applied retroactively in such a way as to apply to pending disputes and cases. This is expressed in the familiar legal maxim lex prospicit, non respicit (the law looks forward and not backward),[1] and is conformable to Article 4 of…

Learn more about domestic adoption, who may adopt, who may be adopted, what are the requirements for domestic adoption, the procedure, and cost considerations. What is Adoption? Adoption is a juridical act which creates between two persons a relationship similar to that which results from legitimate paternity and affiliation. There are two types of adoption:…

Learn more about declaration of nullity of marriage, the legal grounds, effects of declaration of nullity of marriage, the requirements, procedure, and cost considerations. A. Declaration of Nullity of Marriage, Generally The declaration of nullity of marriage applies to marriages that are null and void from the beginning (void ab initio), due to the absence…

Ruby Shelter Builders and Realty Development Corporation v. Formaran III, G.R. No. 175914, [February 10, 2009], 598 PHIL 105-131 In Manchester Development Corporation v. Court of Appeals, 28 the Court explicitly pronounced that “[t]he court acquires jurisdiction over any case only upon the payment of the prescribed docket fee”. Hence, the payment of docket fees…

What is the legal basis for an action of quieting of title? The remedy of quieting of title is governed by Article 476 and 477 of the Civil Code, which state: “Art. 476. Whenever there is a cloud on title to real property or any interest therein, by reason of any instrument, record, claim, encumbrance…