Legal Advice

Reconstituting destroyed certificate of title

December 17, 2014 9:39 pm

Dear PAO, A titled property was mortgaged to me. My friends told me to have the mortgage annotated on the title, so I went to the Registry of Deeds. To my surprise, the office informed me that a huge fire … Read more »

Reconciliation after legal separation bodes well for property regime

December 16, 2014 9:48 pm

Dear PAO, My wife filed a petition for legal separation. What shall happen to our children if her petition is granted? After the filing of the petition, I have come to realize my shortcomings as a husband and I have … Read more »

Children’s custody follows order of preference

December 15, 2014 11:31 pm

Dear PAO, My husband filed a petition to get from me the custody of our three minor children. To whom shall the custody of our children be given while the petition is being heard? Nita Dear Nita, After you have … Read more »

Donated piece of land can be reclaimed by donor

December 14, 2014 10:52 pm

Dear PAO, What document is needed to donate a land? May a donation that is validly executed be revoked and the ownership of the land be reverted to the donor? RB Dear RB, Donation is a process wherein a person … Read more »

One without compulsory heirs may dispose of his estate as he pleases

December 12, 2014 8:59 pm

Dear PAO, My aunt died single and without children of her own. Her parents had long died before her. We found out that she left all her pieces of property to a son of her former housemaid whom she raised … Read more »

Husband’s decision prevails in conjugal property separation

December 11, 2014 9:59 pm

Dear PAO, My wife and I have a conjugal house, which is situated in Marikina. We have been separated for almost four years now because of personal differences. For over a year since the time she left me, I tried … Read more »

Badmouthed by officemate? Cry and sue for defamation

December 10, 2014 10:15 pm

Dear PAO, I once had a heated encounter with an officemate. During our altercation, we had some exchange of words in front of our officemates and while I tried to be civil about it I was surprised that my officemate … Read more »

Lack of outlet to public road ground for seeking right of way

December 9, 2014 10:04 pm

Dear PAO, When can a family demand right of way? Cruz family Dear Cruz family, Article 649 of the Civil Code provides that “the owner, or any person who by virtue of a real right may cultivate or use any … Read more »

Wife can’t seek husband’s support if vows nulled, voided

December 8, 2014 9:07 pm

Dear PAO, My husband and I have been separated for 20 years now. Can I still demand support from him? Herminia Dear Herminia, Spouses are obliged to support each other pursuant to Article 195 of the Family Code, which provides … Read more »

Illegitimate child can become legitimate without court order

December 6, 2014 8:20 pm

Dear PAO, My status in my birth certificate is illegitimate because my parents were not yet married when I was born in 1986. They got married only when my sibling was born in 1992. May I avail of the process … Read more »