Philippine Judicial and Administrative Naturalization (Everything you need to know)

If you’d like to become a Filipino citizen, then you should read this post carefully. Under certain circumstances, you can file for Filipino citizenship yourself. However, your particular circumstances might require a court process. Yes, this means hiring a lawyer and presenting evidence to the court. In this post, I outline the process, fees and … Continue reading Philippine Judicial and Administrative Naturalization (Everything you need to know)

3 Ways to Legally Separate if You’re in a Philippine Marriage

The end of a marriage is a difficult time. You need to read this post if you’re trying to figure out the best way to legally separate. This post discusses 3 ways to dissolve a Philippine marriage and gives a brief overview of costs and the process. In it, you may find the path that … Continue reading 3 Ways to Legally Separate if You’re in a Philippine Marriage

Correcting your NSO Birth Certificate (3 Major Corrections Explained)

If you’re looking to correct or change information on your birth certificate, then this post is for you. I provide an overview of all the administrative changes you can do including costs, timeline, process and requirements (with the exception of illegitimate children, which I do not handle here). I also provide an overview of the … Continue reading Correcting your NSO Birth Certificate (3 Major Corrections Explained)

A simpler way to divide conjugal property

Legal separation can be a clumsy, acrimonious way to end marriage relations. It falls short of actual divorce, and it is a problematic process even as a way to divide conjugal properties between husband and wife. Because legal separation requires that one spouse (and only one, not both) must be at fault for it to be … Continue reading A simpler way to divide conjugal property

How is the marriage property divided in legal separation?

  The rule in legal separation is that the spouse at fault shall have no right to any share of the net profits earned by the couple’s common property during the marriage. His or her share of the net profits is forfeited in favor of the children or the innocent spouse. What does net profits mean? … Continue reading How is the marriage property divided in legal separation?

Involuntary resignations

Sometimes an employee will complain of illegal dismissal while the employer argues that the employee was not dismissed at all, but actually resigned voluntarily. The employee says that he was put in such an unfair, untenable position from which he was forced to resign so that, under the law, he was actually dismissed. The employer, … Continue reading Involuntary resignations

Is paying for medical expenses after an accident an admission of guilt?

It was a dark and stormy night. There was a road accident. Two cars collided on the wet concrete. The driver of the first car stepped out. Seeing that the woman inside the other car was badly hurt, he immediately called for help. Emergency services came to take the woman to the nearest hospital. The … Continue reading Is paying for medical expenses after an accident an admission of guilt?

Husband, wife and a joint last will and testament

Married people get used to making decisions about their family together. It becomes natural then, for them to talk about what they want to leave behind for their kids when they’ve both passed away. They often feel that they want to make this decision together too. But here they should be careful. If the spouses … Continue reading Husband, wife and a joint last will and testament

Filipinos, foreigners, and real estate in the Philippines

These are the basic rules on land ownership: A Filipino citizen can own land in the Philippines. A foreigner cannot own land unless he is a former Filipino citizen or he happened to inherit that land. For a corporation to own land, at least 60% of that corporation’s capital must be owned by Filipino citizens. … Continue reading Filipinos, foreigners, and real estate in the Philippines

Mortgage contracts in the Philippines

One of the problems with the law is that people don’t understand it. Even lawyers, who have actually studied and practiced it for years, argue with each other about what the law means. So it isn’t surprising that many people enter into a contract like a mortgage agreement without understanding that the provisions of that … Continue reading Mortgage contracts in the Philippines