We’re Legally Sis, a podcast about the legal world with a sisterly twist. We’re here to give you a laugh, share our knowledge, and help you find your inner “sister” (even if that’s just in spirit). We’re sisters, so it’s kind of like being in therapy with your best friend—but without all the awkward silences! And while Legally Sis is serious at times (don’t worry, no spoilers), it’s always fun.

We want you to laugh along with us as we work through our favorite legal topics together! We’ll tell you about our experiences in law school and as lawyers, but we’ll also talk about the fun stuff: whether it’s a new restaurant we’ve discovered or a book that’s changed our lives. We believe that legal knowledge is power, so we’ll share tips on how to stay safe and secure in this crazy world of ours.

Episode 33: By Popular Demand: Clarifying Questions and Concerns on our Change of Name Episodes Pt.1

Changing your name on a birth certificate in the Philippines is a transformative journey toward reclaiming your identity. Whether you’re rectifying errors, updating due to a legal transition, or embracing a new identity, understanding the steps involved is crucial. In this video, we’ll answer frequently asked questions from our previous episode regarding change of name in the Philippines, providing necessary legal steps to ensure a successful transition.


Episode 32: A Guide on Small Claims Legal Dispute in the Philippines

Filing small claims in the Philippines appears to be an illustration of accessible justice, providing a convenient and efficient alternative for individuals looking to settle small claims cases. The small claims court serves as an effective avenue for settling disputes without the complexity and expense of traditional litigation. In this video, we’ll walk you through from its fundamental principles to practical insights, and provide you necessary steps for resolving small claim disputes.

Episode 31: Understanding Department Order 174 (DO 174): A Guide for Employers and Employees

Companies here in the Philippines often choose to engage in Department Order No. 174 (DO 174) as it provides a structured framework for flexible work arrangements, catering to the evolving landscape of the modern workplace. In order to be qualified for DO 174, companies must meet certain standards and DOLE requirements, providing a fair and equal implementation of flexible work arrangements. In this video, we’ll discuss about some of the reasons why companies engage in labor-contracting, as well as who are eligible to apply for DO 174 and its requirements. Additionally, we’ll also identify possible implications of hiring a labor-only contracting companies without DO 174.

Episode 30: The Role of the Private Employment Agencies (PEA): Establishing a Recruitment Agency

Discover the ins and outs of private employment agencies and learn how you can obtain a PEA license. From understanding the benefits they offer up to the process of obtaining a license, this comprehensive guide has everything you need to know.

Episode 29: Land Ownership: Can foreigners Own a Land in the Philippines?

In the Philippines, land ownership is generally restricted to Filipino citizens. However, non-Filipinos can acquire land but with specific rules and limitations apply, so watch this episode for a comprehensive understanding of land ownership in the Philippines. Are you also curious about land ownership in the Philippines, especially if you’re a former Filipino citizen? We have an informative article that answers your questions. They delve into the complexities of land titles and discuss the possibilities for former Filipino citizens to own land in the Philippines. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in Philippine real estate and land rights.

Episode 28: Discussion of Common issues you may face as a condominium unit owner or tenant

In this video, we’ll discuss the typical contractual rules and regulations issues faced by condominium unit owners and tenants. From lease agreements to association rules, gain valuable insights to help you navigate these complexities and enjoy a more harmonious condo lifestyle. Don’t miss out on this essential guide for a smoother condo experience!

Episode 27: Co-ownership of Property and Property Partition Agreement in the Philippines

Co-ownership in property is a common arrangement in the Philippines that allows multiple individuals to own a single piece of real estate. However, it is important to understand the legal implications and processes involved in co-ownership in the Philippines. By knowing how to properly subdivide or create a partition agreement, co-owners can ensure that their rights and interests are protected.

Episode 26: Dual Citizenship Law: RA 9225 or the Citizenship Retention & Re-acquisition Act of 2003

Citizenship is a profound and enduring bond connecting individuals to their nations. It represents not only a legal status but also a sense of identity, belonging, and shared responsibility. In this episode, we will explore the retention of citizenship in depth. We will delve into the legal frameworks, eligibility criteria, and procedural steps involved in retaining one’s citizenship while acquiring another. Moreover, we will discuss the advantages, responsibilities, and potential challenges that individuals may encounter in this complex journey.

Episode 25: The Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004 (VAWC) in the Philippines

Every woman deserves to feel safe, empowered, and protected. Dive deep into the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004 (VAWC) in the Philippines or VAWC Act, understand its significance, and explore how it empowers women and protects children. Learn how you can be a part of the movement to end violence.

Episode 24: Custody 101: What You Need to Know Before Stepping into Court

No one plans for things like annulment, nullity or marriage, and legal separation when starting a family, but knowing your parental rights is crucial in safeguarding yours and your child’s future. In this episode, we’ll cover important legal terms, factors considered in determining custody arrangements, as well as steps you can take right now to protect yourself legally during this challenging time.  Co-parenting can be challenging, but with the right tools and mindset, you can successfully navigate custody arrangements.

Episode 23: What Everyone Should Know about Donation?

Donating is not just an act of kindness, it’s a powerful way to make a difference in someone’s life. Whether you want to support or make a difference in your community, this insightful guide has got you covered.

Episode 22: What are the rights of Illegitimate Children in the Philippines?

Did you know that illegitimate children are entitled to specific rights and protections? Understanding the rights of illegitimate children is crucial to ensure their well-being and protect them from discrimination. From inheritance rights to parental responsibilities, this comprehensive guide sheds light on the legal protections granted to these children. Stay informed and advocate for equality by sharing this valuable information with your friends and family!

Episode 21: Rights and Responsibilities Under the Kasambahay Law

Have you ever wondered about the rights and protections that our household workers, or “kasambahay,” have under the law? Did you know that the Kasambahay Law is an essential piece of legislation in the Philippines that aims to protect and uplift the rights of our household workers? Let’s dive into what it’s all about and why it’s so important.

Episode 20: Understanding Amendments in the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws filed with the SEC

Ever wondered how a simple amendment could supercharge your company’s growth? Tune into our podcast as we break down the Amendments of Articles of Incorporation, demystifying this crucial step for business evolution.What’s an amendment? Find out why businesses make changes to their foundational document.How does it work? Get a step-by-step walkthrough of the amendment process and understand the practical side of making these updates.Why does it matter? Discover how amended articles of incorporation or bylaws can enhance flexibility, attract investors, and align your business with its true potential.

Episode 19: Converting from OPC to a Regular Stock Corporation: Growth and Expansion

Did our recent post about the Significant changes brought by the Revised Corporation Code to One Person Corporations (OPCs) catch your attention?Let’s take this discussion to the next level! Join us as we explore the exciting possibilities that arise when transitioning from an OPC to alternative corporate structures. Whether you’re a business enthusiast, entrepreneur, or just curious, this is your chance to unravel the intricacies of corporate conversion.


Episode 18: Significant changes of Revised Corporation Code: One Person Corporation (OPC)

Discover how these changes impact business and entrepreneurs. It’s important for entrepreneurs and business owners to stay updated on changes in legislation, and understanding the new provisions regarding One Person Corporation OPCs can have a significant impact on your business structure. Whether you’re considering starting an OPC or simply want to stay informed, we hope this episode provided valuable insights.

Episode 17: What government agencies should you be going through when registering a business?

Setting up a business is an exciting and challenging endeavor, especially when it comes to navigating the unique landscape of the Philippines. With its vibrant economy and growing market opportunities, it’s no wonder that entrepreneurs are flocking to start their ventures here. However, the process of business formation can be complex and overwhelming without the right knowledge and guidance. That’s why we have created the ultimate guide to business formation, specifically tailored to help you set up your business in the Philippines.

In this episode, you will find valuable tips, insights, and practical advice from Atty. Rhons, to ensure a smooth and successful journey in establishing your business in the Philippines.

Episode 16: What you need to know when you are Starting a Business in the Philippines with our Special Guest Atty. Rhons

With this episode, we sit down with the esteemed Atty. Rhonaliza Burce – Junior Partner of Duran & Duran-Schulze Law, as we unravel the complexities of business formation. Don’t miss this enriching conversation!

Special Episode: eSignatures and eNotary: Unlocking Efficiency in Digital Documentation with Atty. Gino Jacinto of Unawa

As the world moves towards a more digital and online-based environment, it is no surprise that notarization processes have also followed suit. One of the most recent developments in the Philippines is the implementation of online notarization. The practice of online notarization has been met with mixed reactions, with some people embracing the change while others remain skeptical. A remarkable episode as we are honored to have the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations and Business Development at UNAWA, Atty. Gino Jacinto. Get ready to dive deep into the innovations and leadership behind building thriving businesses.


Episode 14: How to get a Working Visa in the Philippines?

Obtaining a work visa is essential if you want to work in a foreign country legally. It can be a complicated and daunting process, but with the right guidance and resources, it can be a smooth and easy journey. Whether you are looking to work in a different country to broaden your horizons or to pursue your dream job, understanding the visa process is the key to success. 

In this episode, we’ll take a closer look at the process of obtaining a work visa, and provide some helpful tips to make the process as smooth as possible.  


Episode 13: How can I apply for a spouse visa in the Philippines?

For many couples, the decision to live together in a foreign country is an exciting new chapter in their life together. However, obtaining a foreign spouse visa in the Philippines can be a complicated process. If you’re a foreigner and your spouse is a Philippine citizen or permanent resident, then you may be able to obtain a spouse visa. In this episode, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to obtain a spouse visa in the Philippines, including the requirements, application process, and other important details.

Episode 12: Discovering Blacklisting: How to determine if you’re on the Philippines’ Blacklist

Discover the key reasons behind foreigner blacklisting in the Philippines. From visa overstays to unauthorized employment, criminal involvement to security threats, violations of immigration rules, engagement in prohibited activities, and inappropriate behavior – understanding these factors is essential for a trouble-free stay.

Episode 11: Securing Love and Assets: The importance of Prenuptial Agreements

In the Philippines, a prenuptial agreement is a legal document called “Prenuptial Agreement or Property Relations Agreement (PRA)  governed by the Family Code of the Philippines. Prenuptial agreements typically cover matters related to the ownership, management, and division of properties acquired before and during the marriage. They include provisions regarding the division of assets, properties, debts, spousal support, and other financial matters.  It’s worth noting that prenuptial agreements cannot determine the child custody or dictate issues related to parental authority, as these matters are subject to the best interest of the child and are typically decided by the courts.

Episode 10: Resolving Estates efficiently: The Power of Extrajudicial Settlement in the Philippines

In the Philippines, Extrajudicial Settlement is primarily utilized in cases involving the division of assets and properties among heirs after the death of an individual. It allows the involved parties to negotiate and reach an agreement on how to distribute the estate without resorting to formal litigation.  By opting for Extrajudicial Settlement, this alternative dispute resolution mechanism not only eases the burden on the court system but also promotes a spirit of collaboration and understanding among those involved.

Episode 9: Understanding the Essentials of Lease Agreements: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants

Leasing a property can be a complex process, and it’s important to understand the ins and outs of lease agreements to ensure a successful rental experience for both landlords and tenants. From negotiating lease terms to managing tenant-landlord relations, there are many factors to consider when entering into a lease agreement. Whether you’re a landlord looking to rent out a property or a tenant searching for a new home or commercial space, a well-crafted lease agreement can help ensure a positive and productive rental experience for all parties involved.

Episode 8: Borrowing Wisely: Understanding the Ins and Outs of Loans

Loans can offer financial flexibility, but it’s important to weigh the potential benefits against the long-term costs before making a decision.

Episode 7: Reissuance or Reconstitution of Title: How does it work?

Reissuance or reconstitution, what do these terms mean? Reissuance is a legal term that means to repeat something or make a new copy of it. Reconstitution, on the other hand, means to build something again from scratch, or to put together parts into a whole. So when we talk about reissuing and reconstituting titles, we’re talking about making new copies of them. If you’re wondering how to reissue or reconstitute your lost title, this video is for you! In this episode, we’ll show you exactly what the process is and why it’s important to get it done.

Episode 6: What you should know about Title Transfer and Due Diligence when Buying Properties?

Land has long been one of the most secure and satisfying investments since its value increases overtime and the best way to do so is to ensure that all processes are done in a correct manner. In this episode, we will guide you through every step of the process and help you on what you have to think about when you are planning to buy a property and transferring a property title.

Episode 5: The Unknown Secrets of Foreign Judgments and Divorce

Settling in a new country is always fascinating. Dealing with a foreign court system is never a fun endeavor, but dealing with foreign courts when you are going through a divorce or a civil suit can be even more challenging. Different countries have different laws – even if they are a part of your own country’s laws. Some countries recognize foreign divorces, others don’t , like the Philippines. Is your marriage or divorce recognized in your home country? Are you covered by any judgments made abroad? This playlist outlines what to know about recognizing your divorce decree secured abroad in the Philippines.

Episode 4: Big Decisions: Marriage and Annulment

What happens when someone decides to end their marriage? Find out what the options are, how they work, and if it’s something that you should seriously consider. In many relationships, people discuss the abstract idea of Annulment as a solution to their marital problems. However, before getting an annulment or going through with any legal proceedings that could significantly alter your life, it is important to know what you are in for. This episode will dive into the spectrum of annulments, and how this process can affect you as well as your spouse.

Special Episode: The Waiting Game

Is there a more nerve-racking experience than that of waiting for one’s bar exam results? We all get nervous waiting for the bar exam results to come out – We speak from personal experience! This is a recap of the random experiences we had while waiting for the results of the Bar exam. There were definitely some nervous moments, usually right before bed. This short episode explores all of the other stuff that we did while waiting for the results.

Episode 3: I am thinking of nullifying my marriage, what are my options?

Are you in a situation where you discovered that your spouse has a valid existing marriage at that time of your marriage, or that he is a drug addict, and is now thinking of dissolving your marriage? In this video, we will explain the different options in dissolving a marriage, the difference between nullity of void marriage and annulment, and the steps on how to proceed with declaring your marriage as null and void.

Episode 2: Atty. Help! How do I change my name judicially or with court order?

Changing your name from “Karen” to “Kathleen” is subject to approval of the court. The process may seem simple, but you need to have all the required documents and know what to do next. Tune in, share your thoughts and comment your inquiries as we go through the process of how one can process their change of name in the Philippines, and know when such change will not prosper in and out of court.

Episode 1: I need to correct the errors in my Birth Certificate. How do I do it?

How do we change or correct names in the Philippines? This is the most commonly asked legal question by individuals especially in this time were social media is popular among the young generation. As they say, a good name is necessary for influencers to gain more followers. This episode will help you understand how easy and at the same time complicated changing name in the Philippines is.