Atty. Kareen Lucero

Kareen Lucero is a lawyer previously doing litigation before working for different agencies in the government and for a multinational corporation. She has traveled to 52+ countries including a 3-month solo backpacking in South East Asia and more than 1 year of solo traveling across four continents in the world. As part of giving back, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge of law and travel. She is currently doing consulting work for a government agency. For inquiries, you may reach her via Facebook Messenger ( or email ([email protected]).

123 thoughts on “How To Get Special Power of Attorney in the Philippines: A Definitive Guide

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  2. An Attorney -in-Fact was appointed by a relative abroad thru a consularized SPA. The agent, a senior citizen, can not perform the transactions in the SPA because of the pandemic. The agent wish to substitute a nephew as her substitute, the principal abroad agreed to this substitution. What document will the Attorney-in-Fact need to execute to effect this substitution. Thank you Atty. Kareen Lucero for this very informative guide !

    1. Hi Tim. Sorry for the delayed response. We have updated the article to include the author’s answer to your query. Please see #15 in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section above to see her detailed answer. Thanks!

  3. Kapag walang naka indicate na expiration date ang isang SPA, yung mismong signatory ng attorney with date of his license expiration, pwede na ba yun ang maging date validity ng isang SPA? Ex: license expires on 31 Dec 2020.. then pirma ng attorney.. by January 1, 2021 lapse na ang SPA? Please enlighten me more. Thanks in advance..

    1. The answer is already in the FAQ: “if you haven’t indicated a validity period in the SPA, it will remain effective until you have it revoked.” The license expiration date has nothing to do with it.

  4. Hi,
    Sa limang magkapatid na magmamana nang lupa, kailangan po bang lahat pumirma nang SPA upang mailakad at mahati ang mamanahin? Ang hatian pare parehas.

    Maraming maraming salamat,


    1. The author already answered the question in the FAQ section (#12). The answer is YES.

  5. My son is separated with his wife and they have two children. And my son is living with another woman. They are planning to buy a house and the mortgage is a single applicant named to the woman. I will put the down payment . Can she make a general power of attorney with my sons name? If she passed away god forbid please will son have the sole power to execute to the full extent of all the properties.

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    1. Red ribbon no longer exists. DFA authentication is now in the form of an Apostille certificate. You can learn more about the process and appointment here:

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  9. Kailangan po ba yung personal appearance nung mga signatories (i.e. principal, attorney-in-fact and witnesses) pag pinanotarize na yung document? Kasi in my case po, yung dad ko yung principal but he cannot leave the house kasi PWD siya.

    1. Yes. For a more detailed answer, please check out the updated FAQ section at the end of the article above.

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