Is it discrimination in the workplace if vaccine availability is not an issue?

I overheard a group of employees chatting over taking the vaccine. It appears that they had all taken the Covid-19 vaccine. Their supervisor was telling them that there will come a time that only the vaccinated would be preferred to go to work whenever a lockdown or quarantine restriction would be imposed. To that, the …

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Why prenuptial agreements are valued only by people who worked hard to gain wealth

Those who do not know the value of back-breaking hard work to gain wealth will never understand the importance of a prenuptial agreement. When I was a younger lawyer, I used to tell as much of my friends and relatives that they consider a prenuptial agreement before marrying. Not a single one took my advice. …

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Psychological incapacity as a legal concept, and not a medical condition

The case of Tan-Andal v. Andal (G.R. No. 196359, 11 May 2021) declares psychological incapacity under Article 36 of the Family Code as a legal concept, and not a medical condition. Accordingly, testimonies of psychologists or psychiatrists are no longer necessary. This a landmark case and a game changer for the following reasons. 1. Nullity …

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Real cat lawyer did an AMA at Reddit, comments are purrfect and hilarious

"I'm not a cat." This legal humor will go down in legal history as one of the funniest. With a new found fame, what to do with it? Well, do a Reddit Ask me Anything (AMA). Hilarity ensues, particularly due to witty remarks, with a few coming from fellow lawyers. See: Reddit AMA by the …

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Last will on a yellow pad paper, no signature, valid?

Months before the start of the 2020 pandemic, I was consulting on a peculiar case involving a handwritten last will and testament written on a yellow pad paper. While it was written by the testator, no signature appeared on the document. It was an interesting case. Philippine law via the Civil Code allows for two …

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Mother’s surname may be used by legitimate children, says Supreme Court

On the basis of Constitutional provisions on equality of women and men under the law, the Philippine Supreme Court in a recent landmark case expressly allowed a petitioner to use the surname of his mother even if he is born as a legitimate child. The petitioner initiated the case for change of first name from …

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The Legal Side of Love: Quotes from the Supreme Court

On Valentines Day this 14 February 2021, words from the Supreme Court on that little thing called love, to ponder on: “The heart has reasons of its own which reason does not know.” —Chua-Qua vs. Clave, G.R. No. L-49549, Aug. 30, 1990 “There can be no love where respect is gone.” —People vs. Rivera Nov. …

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