>>>>Wills and Succession [Clothbound]

Wills and Succession [Clothbound]

This book is another attempt to simplify my favorite subject with some innovations and modifications to help the reader understand the seemingly complex world of Wills and Succession.

The first innovation is the inclusion of some U.S. cases that I encountered during my advanced studies at the University of Southern California (USC). While arguably these cases will merely have a persuasive effect at best under Philippine law, I found these cases interesting in illustrating some key concepts that we share with the United States especially as regards testamentary capacity, fraud, undue infl uence, and revocation. Professor Charles Whitebread of USC, whose extraordinary wealth of knowledge and experience in the subject inspired me to harmonize American doctrines with their Philippine counterparts, was without a doubt my best professor during my masteral studies.

Of course, I also included the more recent Philippine cases that reinforced and modifi ed the doctrines in this field of the law. Our jurisprudence in Wills and Succession is not as dynamic as other fields of the law. Nonetheless, I found it important to include whatever significant cases involving Wills and Succession I encountered since I graduated from law school to the present.

 I also added some laws that are germane to the study of succession. These include key provisions of the Civil Code (Absence, Conditional Obligations, Property, etc.), Family Code (Support, Parental Authority, etc), the Domestic Adoption Act, and the Revised Rules of Civil Procedure (Special Proceedings).

Further, for the convenience of the student and practitioner, I included some points to ponder and questions based on actual bar examinations for reflection at the end of some of the more complicated provisions of Wills and Succession. I believe they highlight some of the gray areas of the law that will ultimately challenge the reader to be more insightful and analytical.

Finally, I rearranged the articles chronologically instead of by topics. As suggested by some students, studying each Article chronologically gives them a comfortable confidence that they did not miss out on any Article.

I am again eternally grateful to our Lord above for giving me the time and the patience to come up with a second edition of this book. I remain genuinely indebted to the readers, professors,  and students of the law for using this book.

Author(s)Siegfred B. Mison
Page count456
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