When the Rent is not Paid

16 May 2024 - Category: Housing and Real Estate

So the lessee (the person renting the property) has missed one rent payment, maybe even more, what can the landlord do? Generally, landlords or lessors would give or send a payment reminder to the lessee to remind them to pay the rent. [...]

Resigning from Employment

16 May 2024 - Category: Work and Employment

It is the choice of the employee whether or not he wants to sever ties with his employer. However, it is important to know the reasons for the same. [...]

Repairs on the Leased Property

16 May 2024 - Category: Renovation and Repairs

A pipe burst in the kitchen sink, or maybe the air conditioning that came with the leased property has stopped working properly, who will be responsible for the repairs? The answer lies in the lease agreement (or the sublease agreement) between the landlord (or the "lessor") and the person renting the property (the "lessee"). [...]

Two Types of Ejectment

6 May 2024 - Category: Housing and Real Estate

There can be some confusion about the type of ejectment case that should be filed against a person who is unlawfully possessing a property from the owner or its legal possessor. But what is ejectment? [...]

The Difference Between Independent Contractors and Employees

25 April 2024 - Category: Employment Contracts

Employers over the recent years have been using certain methodologies to circumvent labor laws, one example is hiring an "independent contractor" in stead of engaging them as employees to avoid payment of government mandated benefits and other obligations imposed by the law. Knowing the key differences of an employee and an independent contractor can be a tool for an employee to protect himself from exploitative employers. [...]

The Security Deposit

25 April 2024 - Category: Housing and Real Estate

Security deposits are usually required in lease agreements. But what are they and is there a limit to how much they can be? [...]

Dismissing an Employee

25 April 2024 - Category: Human Resources and Employment Law

Dismissing an employee in the Philippines is not like the movies: an employer cannot just call in an employee to dismiss him for any reason that they can think of, or worse, for no reason at all. Under Philippine law, an employee may only be dismissed for specific reasons and the proper procedure should be followed. [...]

What is a Probationary Employee?

28 March 2024 - Category: Employment Contracts

Probationary employment in the Philippines is a common practice among employers to assess the performance and suitability of newly hired employees before confirming them as regular employees. This guide aims to provide a thorough understanding of probationary employment, including its definition, duration, legal requirements, and the process of termination or completion. [...]

How to End a Service Agreement?

11 March 2024 - Category: Commercial Activity

A service agreement like any other type of contract can be ended or terminated. This can involve certain actions that must be taken subject to the provisions of the service agreement. [...]

What is an Affidavit?

10 February 2024 - Category: Legal Proceedings

Affidavits narrate a certain set of facts and are sworn through an oath or affirmation by the person who wrote or executed it (this person is generally called the affiant). This guide will explain the different types of affidavits and why they are used which may be by reason of court proceedings, government affairs, and personal matters or undertakings by individuals. [...]

How to Change the Landlord or the Tenant in a Lease Agreement?

18 December 2023 - Category: Housing and Real Estate

When circumstances arise requiring a change in the parties of a lease agreement, understanding the procedures is important to protect the rights of all parties concerned. Whether due to changes in property ownership, the need for a tenant to transfer their lease or sublet the property, or other factors, the process of changing the involved parties in a lease agreement demands careful consideration and adherence to legal requirements. [...]

What are the Consequences of Breaching a Confidentiality Agreement or NDA?

4 December 2023 - Category: Intellectual Property and New Technologies

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) also called a confidentiality agreement is a document that is used to protect confidential information that is disclosed by individuals or businesses in pursuance of a business relationship. It creates an enforceable agreement between the parties that they will not disclose or use the confidential information for any purpose other than the purpose of the business relationship. [...]

What are the Leaves that Employees are Entitled to Claim?

23 November 2023 - Category: Leave Requests

The Labor Code of the Philippines and other various special laws provide for different kinds of statutory leaves to ensure that the needs of the working class are catered taking into consideration certain contingencies such as sickness, pregnancy, and family life. These leaves include: Service Incentive Leave (SIL), Sick Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Special Leave for Women, Solo Parent Leave, and Those granted by the employer under a company policy. [...]

What are the Rights of the Trademark Owner?

26 October 2023 - Category: Intellectual Property and New Technologies

A business earns profits once it has developed a brand by which its consumers and clients can distinguish it from other competing brands. A brand can be protected through the trademark it uses to let people know that the product comes from the business that owns the brand. [...]

What to do after Creating a Contract?

28 September 2023 - Category: Commercial Activity

Creating contracts is important to document what the parties have agreed upon. The rights of the parties thereto should be respected and this can be done through certain measures such as ensuring that the signatures are affixed by the parties, monitoring the copies and originals of the contract, making sure that it is kept on file and properly submitted to the government agency concerned, or being validly notarized. [...]

How to Send a Letter?

22 September 2023 - Category: Daily Life

The methods of sending a letter have their own advantages and disadvantages, and depending on the needs of the sender and the content of the letter, the choice of method of sending a letter is material. This guide will explain the ways and the process of sending a letter in the Philippines together with its advantages and disadvantages. [...]

How to Register a Company?

15 September 2023 - Category: Business Structure

Registering a business in the Philippines can seem like a daunting task, but it is essential to ensure that the business is legitimate and compliant with local laws and regulations. Before an aspiring business owner can register his business, he needs to decide on the legal structure of the company. [...]

When and how to Notarize a Document?

6 September 2023 - Category: Government Correspondence

Notarization is a common-place activity for every citizen in the Philippines. In all parts of the country, a notary public may be seen in bustling towns and cities, especially near government offices. [...]