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HEALTH & WEALTH (Art Gabot Madlaing): Deed of absolute sale for PHL properties without going home

As a columnist, accredited and commissioned Notary Public and founder of Mobile Signing Services, I received a call from Larry, an 86-year-old neighbor in San Francisco, California last week, requesting help and assistance in the signing, notarization and apostille follow up of the DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE prepared by their lawyer in the Philippines.
 
Larry and her 88-year-old sister Alicia scheduled and appointment to meet with them in my home office in San Francisco, California last Tuesday, 2:30 pm, December 5, 2023. At the meeting, Larry and Alicia showed the DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE prepared in the Philippines by their lawyer. We discovered   that there were some minor additions and corrections needed in the drafted DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE.
After further conversation, I found out that they (Larry, Alicia and siblings) had ready buyers from Canada who already gave them full payment (in U.S. dollars) of the agreed amount  of TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS (P2,500,000.00), in Philippine currency, on the sale of their land (and improvement) located in Barrio La Paz, Municipality of San Narciso, in the Province of Zambales, Philippines.
Upon the request of Larry and Alicia, we typed in our computer the updated DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE with the suggested additions and corrections. After one hour, the corrected and updated DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE was ready for signing. We prepared 7 sets of the updated DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE for signing and notarization.
I had Larry and Alicia signed the 7 sets of updated DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE. The wife of Larry also signed the documents for her marital consent.  I also had them signed my Journal of Notarial Acts and put their right thumbmarks. Since one of the siblings is bedridden, Alicia arranged for me to visit him and his spouse last Saturday, 10:30 am, December 9, 2023 for the signing of the documents.
I met the bedridden sibling, his wife and another sister in his home in Daly City, California last Saturday, 10:30 am, last December 9, 2023. After some preliminaries. I had them sign the documents. I also had them sign my Journal of Notarial Acts and put their right thumb marks. The rest of the other siblings came to my home office in San Francisco, California for the signing and notarization of the 7 sets of updated DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE.
In our first meeting with Larry and Alicia last December 5, 2023, my wife asked them how they got in contact with me.
“We have been reading and keeping clippings of your weekly columns since 2018,” the wife of Larry explained.
“Agyamanac unay ta addaka nga tumulong kadakami, “ (I am  very thankful that you are here to help us), said Alicia in Ilokano.
“Saan kamin nga makaawid idiay Pilipinas. Agyaman kami kenni Apo Dios ta addaka nga tumulong kadakami,” (We can’t go home to the Philippines. We are thankful to God because you are able to help us), she explained in Ilocano.
When all the siblings signed the 7 sets of updated DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, I notarized the signed documents. Then my beloved wife Virginia Jimenez Madlaing and I submitted the notarized documents to the Secretary of State, Notary Public Section in Sacramento, California, for apostille.  The following day, I delivered the apostilled documents to Larry and Alicia, who subsequently sent the apostilled DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE to the Filipino buyers now residing in Canada.
Larry and Alicia were so happy for the complete, efficient, unique and professional services we rendered to them.
“Agyaman kami unay iti tulong mo Art,” (Thank you very much for your help Art), said Alicia.
In appreciation for their patronage and for regularly reading and keeping clippings of my weekly columns, I gave Alicia and Larry the autographed copy of my updated best-selling book “REAL ESTATE & YOU” subtitled “You Basic Guide & Information for Successful Investing in Home, Land and Income Property.”
Some of the important columns reprinted in the updated book include the following: “How To Sell RP Properties Without Going to the Philippines, Basic Understanding of Apostilles, Avoid Incompetent Notary Public, Are International IDs Acceptable for Notarization? ID Requirements for Notarization of Documents, Creative Way for Notarization and Apostille of Documents, The Hague Apostille Convention.
Donating RP Properties Without Going Home, Do you Need Last Will and Durable Power of Attorney?, The Need for Apostille of Documents, Convenience and Savings in Selling RP Properties, Quit Bad Habits Which Can Get You in Bad Debt, Authentication or Apostille? Notary Thumbprints and Privacy Issues.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE, Necessity of Last Will and Testament, The Need of Parental Travel Permit, Tips on Buying and Selling Real Estate Simultaneously, Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement with Waiver of Rights, Etc.
Foreword of the updated Edition of “REAL ESTATE & YOU” was written by Atty. Cesar Fumar, licensed and practicing lawyer both in California and in the Philippines. The back cover includes our group picture with boxing legend and former Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao inside his mansion in General Santos City, Sarangani, Philppines. The best-selling book is now available at Amazon in Hardcover ($25.95 per copy plus shipping & handling), Paperback ($19.95 per copy plus shipping & handling) and E-book ($9.95 per copy)
In the spirit of Christmas, I would like to offer to our readers and the general public autographed copy of the same updated “REAL ESTATE & YOU” I gave to Larry and Alicia, at a discounted price of only $10 (includes shipping & handling) per paperback copy. For your autographed copy, just send $10 (in check or money order )to: ART G  MADLAING, 701-8th Avenue, , San Francisco, CA 94118.You can also order extra copies as lasting gifts to your FRANCS (Friends, Relatives, Acquaintances, Neighbors, Co-Workers).
For immediate help and assistance in the signing, notarization and apostille follow up of Affidavits, Special Power of Attorney, DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, Proof of Life, DEED OF DONATION, Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and other documents needed in the Philippines and the other member nations of the Hague Apostille Convention, just write or contact: MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES, 730 Madrid Street, San Francisco, CA 94112. Tel (650) 438-3531 or (415) 584-7095 or email:artmadlaing@hotmail.com
(ART GABOT MADLAING is accredited and commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker (DRE#00635976) in California since c1981. Art is founder of MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES, FITNESS FOR HUMANITY (aka FITNESS FOR CHRIST) and ACAPINOY. Art is active Evangelist with the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California USA.)