Atty. Niccolo J. Villasin joins the Creator

It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of our friend, colleague and former Senior Partner, Atty. Niccolo J. Villasin, last 27 April 2021. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and worked with him. Although our hearts are sad, we are committed to carrying on his legacy of dedicated…

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…

Can I Marry Just for Money and Convenience?

DSLaw Family Law Series CAN I MARRY JUST FOR MONEY AND CONVENIENCE? [Understanding the Proper Consideration of Marriage for its Validity under the Family Code of the Philippines] Love is useless unless it is shared with another.[1] This is true as more often than not, people marry for love. Nevertheless, some would marry for convenience…

Is Breach of Promise to Marry an Actionable Wrong?

DSLaw Family Law Series IS BREACH OF PROMISE TO MARRY AN ACTIONABLE WRONG? [Understanding the Concept of Damages under the Civil Code of the Philippines] Imagine this: you’re on cloud nine. The love of your life proposed, and of course, you said, yes. You purchased the gown, the party dresses for the entourage, the flowers,…

What if I’m Richer than My Future Spouse?

DSLaw Family Law Series WHAT IF I'M RICHER THAN MY FUTURE SPOUSE? [Understanding the Different Types of Property Regime under the Family Code of the Philippines] For couples, once the engagement ring comes into the scene, there are countless things to prepare. They canvass the number of guests, the reception, the caterer, and other details…