About

This law blog (attyatwork.com), is the personal blog of Atty. Fred Pamaos that contains discussions  on various legal subjects including the internet and technology, family law, labor and HR, contracts and business, money and banking, intellectual property, political and constitutional law. This blog also contains general topics that may or may not be related to the law, including entrepreneurship and work life.

To read more about Atty. Fred, click here. To send an email to Atty.Fred, click here. Got an interesting topic to discuss? Send through email (click here).

Disclaimer

Nothing in this blog shall be attributed to professional connections that I have (past, current or future), including JLP-Law. No legal advice is dispensed here (see Terms and Conditions). This is a discussion platform and everybody is encouraged to share ideas on the covered topics. I may not be able to follow threads  due to time constraints, which means I may not be able to address each and every point raised.

Why blog?

Learning is a continuous process. Tinkering with internet tools comes with the bonus of better understanding how existing laws apply to the third wave — that of technology, particularly relating to the internet. This is my field work, so to speak, to reinforce actual legal work involving the internet and technology.

This law blog enables discussion and interaction in various topics. It also enables me to learn coding, explore various computer/internet tools, and observe the world wide web. It’s one thing to dissect internet-related laws in court or in a formal paper; it’s another matter to experience, first hand, how technology fits into — or, more often than not, spills over — the legal structure.

Learning is a wonderful thing. We can agree to disagree, maintaining respect. Learning can be done outside the confines of a classroom and the traditional notion of education. No one has a monopoly of ideas and knowledge.  The informal nature of a blog should give each participant a wide latitude in discussing issues and presenting his/her point of view.

Why a law blog?

The law is perceived as something alien; a set of esoteric words that confuses the people who are supposed to be governed by it. This is unfortunate, primarily because ignorance of the law excuses no one. The law permeates ALL aspects of our lives – BEFORE until AFTER we die. Hence, it’s better to get to know this legal alien a little more.

A lawyer’s function is not limited to the representation of his clients, but also includes the task of disseminating the law to the public. Each lawyer is an officer of the Court who is tasked to aid in the achievement of justice in its broadest sense. This includes the dissemination of the most basic concepts of Philippine laws  to the very people from whom the law emanates. A blog is a great medium to disseminate and discuss ideas across borders, time, color or creed.

It is my sincere hope that this law blog, also known as “blawg”, would be of help to bring the law closer to the persons/entities it governs. For those who take time to discuss various points of discussion, thank you. For those who already expressed their appreciation, thank you. Your kind words add fuel to this blog’s search for its place under the internet sun.

Brief history

In 2005,  Atty.Fred discovered blogging during an extended paternity leave. Out of the experiment in various free internet platforms came the first independent blog, attyatwork.com. This site, as well as other sites, are in a constant flux consistent with the concept of “creative destruction”. Tinkering with internet tools means never-ending changes.

In September 2010, a concerned reader noted the inaccessibility of this blog. It remained inaccessible for a few palm-itching days, so a new site was created to house the backup. The other site, fredpamaos.com, was created, although another problem soon emerged — that site lost its initial purpose when attyatwork.com came back online.

There would be too much duplication if general legal issues are discussed in that other site. This is already done here and at Philippine e-Legal Forum. So the other site would be focused on electronic commerce and the internet. While we could simply continue the law-internet discussions here, going into the finer details and trying to provide answers to endless questions may be boring and too geeky to the readers. These issues and topics could be vigorously explored at fredpamaos.com, with the convenience of jumping from one issue to another by the mere click of a link. Add the available resources of the world wide web and we have a wonderful learning tool.

Comments (30)

  1. divine

    hi, im married and years later i found out that im the second wife. is our marriage is valid? what should i do?

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    1. rose del rosario

      not valid… all second marriage are considered invalid

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  2. melanie hinojales

    good day..

    my husband and i was married for 3 years..

    what will i do atty… i found out that he is a gAy (SILAHIS)…

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    1. rose del rosario

      u have a ground for annulment…

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  3. Maria

    Please i need some advice this is about my brother who works abroad ..He is married and in year 2007 his wife left him and their children(i hear she met somebody through internet chat but i think it didnt work coz she came back 2013,and my brother met a girl also 2013 and she is now pregnant ,now the problem is the wife from my brother wants to file a case against them,and wants my brother to be put to jail. .? Do you think she has still the right after abandoning my brother and their children? Please i need some advice coz i pitty my brother so much .. Thank you very much in advance

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  4. Reader

    Hi Atty. Fred. Please consider starting a mobile app for attyatwork.com. It would be very helpful for the readers. Thank you. :)

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  5. sarah jane lapos

    Hi attorney Fred I hope everything is well with you,,attorney I was married in 1994 naghiwlay po kmi dahil lasinggerro cia at iresponsable Hindi ko po in abandon a ang anak k cia po ang kusang tinatago nia ang bata sa kung among dahilan nia Hindi ko po alam,,,,muli po me nagasawa ng 2002 at nagkanak po kmi nagpakasal po kami para maipasok ang bata sa SSS nia bilng beneficiary nia,,,, matatawag pong bigamous ang marriage min ,,,atnong ko lng pro may karapatan po ba along kasohan cia or sa share nia …….pls help me

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  6. sarah jane lapos

    Tanong ko lng po kung anu ang karapatan ng bigamous wife sa husband nia ngyn……thank u po

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  7. Ralph

    I was married last 2001. We’ve got a child in 1994. but in 1996 my wife decided to leave me and stayed with her parents together with our child. I’ve been supporting my daughter all throughout till at present time. My daughter was turned over to me by my x-wife when she was Grade 5 and signed an affidavit that she turned over our child to me voluntarily. About two or three years we did never hear from her or receive any support for my daughter. Life was not easy, I decided to go and work abroad so I left my daughter under a custody of a friend then to my younger brother. In this case I can augment to support my daughter’s needs for a decent life. To make the story short, while working abroad my daughter got news about her mother and received irregularly meager support from her. The line of communication is again open among the 3 of us in irregular basis> About our relationship as husband and wife, there’s nothing between us. I really give my full support to my daughter up to the present time and hopefully next year she will graduate from her study. Lately, her mother have some kind of asking for financial help but unfortunately I couldn’t extend help because I was really broke. I even told her and she herself knew about my situation. She told me she’s going to file for support for herself as a wife ( on the basis of being abandoned ) and see a lawyer to prepare documents to be sent to the Philippine Embassy for this purpose. We’ve been separated for almost 17 years. From that time, we were away from each other, only now that she’s going to file for abandonment? Is this possible? Besides, I’ve been faithfully supporting my daughter up to present. When she was working abroad, I did never ask or oblige her to give her share support for our daughter. I sometimes extend help to her aged father and that time when she had serious problem outside the country. Atty Fred, I would appreciate very much for your ideas to enlighten my mind. Thank you. God bless you.

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  8. raquel

    Hi! attorney ako po matagal ng hiwalay sa dati kong asawa almost 7 years na po kami hindi nagsasama at wala na po kami uganayan sa isat-isa..nais ko po sana ipa annual ang kasal nmin,sa ngayon po nandito po kami sa dubai,napag kasunduan po namin ng dati kong asawa na ipa annuald na ang kasala nmin..paano po ba ang magandang gawin namin?

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  9. JL

    Hi! Good day Atty. Fred, after reading your article regarding same sex and what are the things that our countries still not considered. Me and my partner have questions on how to protect each other if some unexpected things may happen in the future. We want to make sure that we can protect all the properties we have acquired during our relationships, We are both aware that the automatic heirs will be our immediate family, having that said we want to make sure that if one of us die, we still have claims or rights for whatever we have. Like money in the bank, properties and insurance. How can we get our fair share? is having a last will and testament can secure our rights of ownership to whatever assets we have? We want to secure our future and we don’t want to be left empty handed if this unfortunate event happens in the future.

    thanks

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