18th May 2017

happy mother and daughter hugging

1.  What law governs the declaration of children as legally available for adoption? Republic Act No. 9523 (RA 9523) is the governing law. It requires the certification of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to declare a child … more

FAQs on Adoption in the Philippines

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happy family hugging outdoors

1.  What law governs domestic adoption? –  Republic Act No. 8552 , or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998, as amended by Republic Act No. 9523, governs local adoption.   2.  Who may adopt? –  Sec. 7 of RA 8552 … more

conjugal2

There is no doubt that you love your husband or your wife.  However, you sometimes wonder what properties you own exclusively that are beyond the reach of your spouse.  Not that you don’t trust your wife.  After all, almost every … more

Payment of the 13th Month Pay

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12th May 2017

13th month

In the Philippines, the sound of Christmas bells not only evokes the feeling of Christmas cheer but also signals for the payment of the 13th month pay for employees.   Under Presidential Decree 851, all rank-and-file employees are entitled to … more

Joint Ventures in the Philippines

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We can’t do everything by ourselves. Sometimes, we need a little help. Oftentimes, we need a joint venture.     The Philippine Supreme Court has described a joint venture as an association of persons or companies jointly undertaking some commercial … more

Exclusive license - approved

Licensing agreements, including the assignment, licensing or transfer of intellectual property rights, must be recorded with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) in order to be enforceable.  However, these agreements need not be recorded if they conform with the requirements … more

9th May 2017

close corporation

Life is tough. So is business.  So when the going gets tough, sometimes corporations need to close down.  However, it is not as simple as packing up your things and leaving.  A formal process must be done to legally close … more

3rd Mar 2017

night shift

Do you sometimes wonder why call center agents have salaries higher than some employees?  One of the reasons is the night shift differential pay.  Under Philippine labor laws, an employee who works between 10 p.m to 6:00 a.m. should be … more

20th Feb 2017

Appeal concept.

If you have lost in a trademark opposition or cancellation case (classified as inter partes proceedings) with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office, do not lose hope.  The losing party has remedies under the law for the appeal of his case. … more

17th Feb 2017

holiday 2017

The Philippines is one of the countries with the most generous number of public holidays.  It is very important for businessmen to know these holidays to ensure that they are paying the proper holiday pay to their employees.  The two … more