Thursday, April 30, 2020

To the 2019 Bar Passers: Welcome to the profession

Imagine that in a room of 10 persons, only 2 would qualify. Or out of 100, only 27 would make it.

It's that tough an exam. Only 27.36%  passed the 2019 bar exams, and the results were released by the Supreme Court yesterday, April 29. (My classmate Mina Francisco reminded me that during our time, the 1987 bar, it was just 17%). A long journey of at least 20 years --- counting four in college, four in law school, six in elementary and now six in high school, not to mention six months studying for the bar exams. 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Make the child really yours: How to correct simulated birth


Zara and Zaldy have been married for 10 years. They long for a child, and consulted many doctors. Despite work-ups, they have not been successful. Their cousin Lala, a single mom with three children, got pregnant by her current boyfriend. After giving birth to a baby boy, she worked immediately. As a result, she had to leave the child to the care of her neighbor.

When Zara and Zaldy got wind of this, they decided to visit the baby often. Observing how neglected the child had become, they talked to Lala who agreed that they can take the child and raise him as their own.

Friday, March 30, 2018

How can you correct clerical errors in your birth certificate?

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If there are wrong entries in your birth certificate, such as a misspelled first name, birthday or birthplace, there are legal steps to correct these.

Some people have tried to correct their birth certificate by hand, believing that it's the right thing to do, but that is certainly not the way. That would be tampering with an official document, which is punishable by law, even if done with good intention.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

You can settle your deceased parent's estate without going to court

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Has your parent passed away and left a house and lot, vehicle, bank account or shares of stock in his/her name and you as well as your siblings don't know what to do?

These properties form part of your deceased parent's estate which you cannot transact on unless the estate is settled. By "settled", I mean the distribution of the properties to the heirs. As a child of the deceased, your co-heirs would be your surviving parent and your brothers and sisters.

Friday, March 09, 2018

You can handwrite your Last Will and Testament

Your Last Will and Testament contains your final wishes about your family, funds, properties, last rites and whatever else you would like to say to your loved ones and others. If it is handwritten, it is called a Holographic Will. If typewritten, it is  known as a Notarial Will in the Philippines, or simply a Typewritten Will in other countries and states, which we will discuss in another post.