How Can My Foreign Divorce Decree be Recognized in the Philippines?

DSLaw Remedial Law Series HOW CAN MY FOREIGN DIVORCE DECREE BE RECOGNIZED IN THE PHILIPPINES? [Understanding the Recognition of Foreign Divorce in the Philippines]* After enduring years of tumultuous marriage, Maria, a Filipino citizen, filed for divorce against her Japanese spouse, Kota. Maria's husand did not oppose it because under Japanese law a grant of…

Are Employees Entitled to Holiday Pay on Labor Day amid ECQ?

DSLaw Labor Law Series ARE EMPLOYEES ENTITLED TO HOLIDAY PAY ON LABOR DAY AMID ECQ? [Understanding the Payment of Wages for May 1, 2020, a Regular Holiday, under DOLE Labor Advisory No. 15 Series of 2020]? Employees presumably look forward to regular holidays because they are given the opportunity to take time off from work…

Supreme Court Postpones 2020 Bar Exams Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has deferred the holding of the 2020 Bar Examinations due to COVID-19 situation.    This announcement was made last April 29 via Bar Bulletin No. 11 Series of 2020 signed by Associate Justice and 2020 Bar Examinations Chairperson Marvic M. Leonen. “The new schedule shall be announced in a…

The Register of Deeds Lost My Land Title, Should I be Concerned?

DSLaw Real Estate Law Series THE REGISTER OF DEEDS LOST MY LAND TITLE, SHOULD I BE CONCERNED? [Understanding the Laws and Procedure on Reconstitution of Lost Titles] Under P.D. 1529, the Registry of Deeds is the primary agency in charge of the safekeeping and custody of land titles.[1] However, the said land titles may be…

I Lost My Land Title, What Should I Do Now?

DSLaw Real Estate Law Series I LOST MY LAND TITLE, WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW? [Understanding the Laws and Procedures on Reissuance of Lost Title under Section 109 of Presidential Decree No. 1529} Property registration in the Philippines follows the Torrens System, which recognizes a title as the best evidence of ownership of real property,…

What Should I Do When I Receive an Online Subpoena in Time of COVID-19?

DSLaw Rules of Procedure Series WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I RECEIVE AN ONLINE SUBPOENA IN TIME OF COVID-19? [Understanding the Nature of Subpoena under the Philippine Rules of Court] During this COVID-19 pandemic, several subpoenas have been sent out to individuals over their social media posts.[1] When people receive said legal order, it is…

Can a Filipino File for Divorce Abroad?

DSLaw Family Law Series CAN I FILE FOR DIVORCE ABROAD IF I AM A FILIPINO CITIZEN? [Understanding Article 26 of the Family Code of the Philippines] It is of common knowledge that there is no divorce in the Philippines just yet. In fact, the Philippines is the only country in the world without divorce law…

Why Do I Need to Make a Last Will & Testament?

DSLaw Succession Law Series WHY DO I NEED TO MAKE A LAST WILL & TESTAMENT? [Understanding the Law of Succession under the Civil Code of the Philippines] Based on our experience in the law practice, families often fight about inheritance. Some people even wage war against their own flesh and blood over a loved one’s…

What Happens to Our Property Relations If We are Cohabiting Outside the Benefit of Marriage?

DSLaw Family Law Series What Happens to Our Property Relations If We are Cohabiting Outside the Benefit of Marriage? [Understanding the Property Regimes under Articles 147 and 148 of the Family Code of the Philippines] Cohabitation is the public assumption by a man and a woman of the marital relation, and dwelling together as man…

Can I Get Married Without a License?

DSLaw Family Law Series CAN I GET MARRIED WITHOUT A LICENSE?[Understanding the Marriage License Exemption under the Family Code of the Philippines] Under the Family Code, no license shall be necessary for the marriage of a man and a woman who have lived together as husband and wife for at least five years and without…