Legal Advice

Negligent persons who cause harm liable for damages

November 24, 2014 8:05 pm

Dear PAO, As I was passing by a salon last week, I was shocked to have been drenched in what seemed to me was foul-smelling water. One of the hairdressers of that salon was cleaning up and threw a bucket … Read more »

Only author of defamatory post criminally liable for cyberlibel

November 23, 2014 11:30 pm

Dear PAO, Can a person who merely “liked” or “commented” on an allegedly defamatory Facebook post be charged for libel? Mandy Dear Mandy, Libel is a crime that is punished under our laws. It is defined as “public and malicious … Read more »

Formal requirements in donating property

November 22, 2014 9:34 pm

Dear PAO, I would like to know the legal procedures in donating a land. My father decided to donate to me his property as an act of gratitude and to show his appreciation to me for taking care of him … Read more »

Donations to girlfriend void, without legal effect

November 21, 2014 10:45 pm

  Dear PAO, My girlfriend and I have been living together exclusively for almost a decade and, throughout the length of our relationship, I have come to know that she is the one for me. Because of this realization, I … Read more »

Buyer entitled to refund despite non-payment of amortizations

November 20, 2014 10:54 pm

Dear PAO, I bought a house and lot on installment. Will I get a refund from the developer if our contract is canceled because of my failure to pay amortizations? Jaypee Dear Jaypee, Rights of persons who buy realty in … Read more »

Adoption 101 for foreigners

November 19, 2014 11:00 pm

Dear PAO, Is a foreigner qualified to adopt under Philippine laws? Mr. Smith Dear Mr. Smith, Adoption is a legal process that creates between two persons a relationship similar to that resulting from legitimate paternity and filiation (Arturo M. Tolentino, … Read more »

Breach of contract entitles aggrieved party to damages

November 19, 2014 12:03 am

Dear PAO, I was recently a victim of a vehicular accident when the bus I was riding in suddenly lost its brakes and fell off a cliff. I was confined for two months in the hospital and until now I … Read more »

Separated dad’s name can still be used by son

November 17, 2014 10:39 pm

Dear PAO, I am a father to an eight-year-old boy. His mother and I are not married and have broken up when she was pregnant with our child. I have given support ever since our child was two years old. … Read more »

Correcting entries in birth certificates

November 16, 2014 9:00 pm

Dear PAO, The spelling of my brother’s first name in his marriage certificate is incorrect. He wants to correct this error to prevent future problems. We’ve read in several articles that erroneous entries in birth certificates can be corrected without … Read more »

Notarized notice needed to cancel contract

November 15, 2014 8:32 pm

Dear PAO, I bought a condominium unit from a real estate company payable within five years. I religiously paid the monthly amortization for three years but I failed to pay for several months when I lost my job. After getting … Read more »