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I plan to adopt a baby whose biological father just died can I sign on the birth certificate as the father?

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shely24


Arresto Menor
I plan to adopt a baby whose biological father just died can I sign on the birth certificate as the father in lieu of the deceased father?

This is with the consent of the biological mother and this would be her 9th baby.

I am a single male.

Thank you in advance and God bless.

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ibonidarna


Reclusion Perpetua
No. Better file a Petition for Adoption.

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shely24


Arresto Menor
Thank you Atty! May I file this on my own as the adoptive parent with the court?

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ibonidarna


Reclusion Perpetua
Yes. Even an unmarried person can adopt.

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shely24


Arresto Menor
I mean Atty. can I file Petition for Adoption by myself without being represented by a lawyer because I think I can comply with the requirements for the said petition.

Thank you for being helpful Smile

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ibonidarna


Reclusion Perpetua
As a rule, only those who are members of the legal profession and in good standing can practice law. There are exceptions though wherein non-lawyers may appear before the court, as those provided in in the Law Student Practice Rule and those who appear as an agent or a friend before a municipal court.

You may be qualified to adopt but it does not necessarily mean that you are qualified to appear before the court and litigate.

Even lawyers are cautioned by this adage "He who is his own lawyer, has a fool for a client".

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shely24


Arresto Menor
Thank you for the enlightenment. God bless Smile

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