Legal Advice

Buyer’s failure to pay voids contract to sell

March 30, 2015 10:05 pm

Dear PAO, I sold my property last year. The buyer said he cannot pay the purchase price in full so he made a down payment and promised to pay the balance after six months. Following the advice of a friend, … Read more »

Govt worker can get retirement, other benefits despite pending case

March 29, 2015 10:08 pm

Dear PAO, I have been in government service for the past 30 years. I am planning to retire now but I am having second thoughts. My officemates are saying I would not get anything until my pending administrative case is … Read more »

Fees can be waived in correcting errors in indigent’s birth certificate

March 27, 2015 9:11 pm

I just found out that there are erroneous details in my 5-year-old son’s birth certificate. His name was incorrectly spelled and his gender should have been male instead of female. I inquired from our City Hall and I was told … Read more »

Men obliged to support children outside marriage

March 26, 2015 8:35 pm

Dear PAO, I learned that my husband had an affair with another woman. He told me that they only saw each other about five times but when I confronted the woman, she told me that she saw my husband almost … Read more »

Dog owner should assist bite victims

March 26, 2015 12:23 am

Dear PAO, My son was bitten by a stray dog while he was playing in his friend’s house. He was required by the doctor to have anti-rabies vaccination. We had a problem because, since it was not for free, I … Read more »

Unmarried couples jointly own acquired properties

March 25, 2015 12:19 am

Dear PAO, Three years ago, my ex-girlfriend and I got separated after more than a decade of living together.We certainly acquired considerable number of properties.Recently, my ex-girlfriend is demanding half of the properties, even though she just stayed home doing … Read more »

Guarantor should fulfill obligation of debtor

March 24, 2015 12:30 am

Dear PAO, I signed as a guarantor in the loan obtained by my friend. Can I be compelled by the creditor to pay for the debt of my friend even if I did not receive any centavo from the proceeds … Read more »

A spouse can be disinherited

March 22, 2015 10:16 pm

Dear PAO, Is a spouse considered a legal heir of his/her spouse? Are there instances when a surviving spouse may not be entitled to an inheritance from his/her deceased spouse? Jake Dear Jake, The widow or widower is one of … Read more »

Married women can’t change surnames in passports at will

March 21, 2015 11:34 pm

Dear PAO, I changed my surname in my passport to that of my husband when I got married in 1998. However, my husband and I have been separated in fact for ten years now. I have read that a woman … Read more »

Collection of loans without written agreement prescribes after 6 years

March 21, 2015 1:26 am

Dear PAO, An acquaintance borrowed thirty thousand pesos from me with an understanding that he will pay it in 2007. Can I still file a case for collection of his indebtedness even if eight years had already passed? Mae Dear … Read more »