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Is giving advise which may be used to commit a crime illegal?

Is giving advise which may be used to commit a crime illegal?

Imagine someone teaches you how to pick a lock. This knowledge could be used to enable breaking into a person’s home, storage locker or car.

sweden-pirate-religion-820x420I myself posted recently on how to use Bittorrent. Bittorrent is often used for the sharing of illegal video files – illegal because the people sharing them do not have the legal right to do so.

So, did I commit a crime by instructing people how to use Bittorrent? Did the lock picker who taught his skills to someone else guilty of a crime?

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Estate Planning in the Philippines

Estate Planning in the Philippines

Estate planning is the process by which someone still living arranges for the orderly and most tax efficient way of transferring his property to his heirs and other beneficiaries. propertiesEstate planning isn’t widespread in the Philippines. This is in part because most people don’t leave behind a lot; the Philippines after all is still a developing country. That said, estate planning is common among the well heeled set, if anecdotal stories from the big law firms is anything to go by.

For purposes of this post, I’ll be calling the guy giving property the benefactor. Usually in succession law we call the benefactor the deceased or the testator but strictly as you, the guy passing on his property, is not deceased yet nor are you passing property through a will, then neither term is applicable at this point.

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How to get a refund from Lazada: Part 3 (What to Do)

How to get a refund from Lazada: Part 3 (What to Do)

So I’ve talked about how I bought a laptop from Lazada and it failed after 9 months.

Afterwards I discussed a little bit about the applicable law in that situation.

Finally in this last post of the Lazada trilogy I’ll go through some tips on how to claim repair/refund/replacement on an item you believe is still under warranty.

Remember, in the end I got my money back. You can too.

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Law on Warranty Claims in the Philippines (or Part 2 of How I Got a Refund From Lazada)

Law on Warranty Claims in the Philippines (or Part 2 of How I Got a Refund From Lazada)

My last post detailed the timeline of my warranty claim with Lazada.

This post will talk about my legal basis in claiming that the product I bought from Lazada is still under warranty. The content of this discussion is generally applicable to any claim for warranty covering a consumer good. In this case, I bought a laptop from Lazada.

As always, please take note of my disclaimer when I talk about legal matters.

Legal Basis for Warranty Claims

Two laws cover warranty claims in the Philippines, the New Civil Code (there is noting New about the Civil Code, it was enacted in 1950, so everyone just calls it the Civil Code) and the Consumer Act (RA 7394).

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How to get a refund from Lazada: Part 1 (What Happened)

How to get a refund from Lazada: Part 1 (What Happened)

This is the story of how I had to wait 4 months for Lazada to comply with its legal obligation to honor its warranty on a defective product I bought from the site.

I wasn’t idle for those 4 months. Every step of the way I had to prod, complain and explain my side to indifferent customer service representatives. I pointed out that their inaction was illegal and even then the people I spoke to could have cared less.

This is a story of yet another company which spends a lot on marketing and looking good but whose attention to image, from my experience, doesn’t extend to care for customers.

In the end I got my money back. You can too.

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